Whenever we talk about kumite I think we should clearly state which type of kumite we are referring to at any point in the conversation. We therefore want more precise terms to refer to specific types of kumite.
In my article "Kumite – Hand in Hand with Your Opponent" I give a general definition of the word "kumite" and then present 6 different types of kumite.
I wrote this article a while ago, when after class, in which I taught kata and we spent a lot of time on application drills with a partner, I was asked by two students to please include more kumite in the future. I thought, "but we did do kumite almost the entire time". Of course the misunderstanding was quickly identified - and it was two-fold: One asked for Sanbon-Kumite (three step sparring) as required for her grading exam. The other asked for Jiyu-Kumite or Randori to include more of the sports aspect of karate in our training.
In fact, the term kumite is used in a variety of contexts. And although these contexts do overlap in some aspects, they still can be very well distinguished.
I split the text into 8 pages so that the respective parts can be easily linked to if necessary.
Take care everybody