Machite and Kakete

machite and kakete

Correct timing is of the essence and this is when understanding Machite and Kakete comes in.

If your timing is off, your opponent can adjust his movement and intercept you. And here's how to prevent that from happening:

A feint or tactical move is good to 

  • draw him in
  • force him to do what you want
  • or freeze him and stop his movement.

what are Machite And Kakete?

Apart from loads of experience and Samurai-like confidence, there's one thing you need (else you can't pull it off, or you're lucky)


Your movement should have Sente. Initiative.

If your karate does not have Sente, then this means that your karate is a passive and has a waiting shape.

Sente is active and continuous.

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3 kinds of sen

Machite and Kakete contain a total of 3 types that I explain in detail below. 

There's ONE thing important to realise. And that affects ANY of the moments you execute: Mindset.

Mindset should ALWAYS be to ATTACK. 

Yes, also for Go No Sen (in fact that may be the most crucial one to pull it off).




Without further ado 👇

Go No Sen

MACHITE AND KAKETE - Go No Sen: Uchi Harai Uke

Go No Sen is one of the Machite.

You should receive the attack with the intention to attack. So, put Ukemi in a weak position and counter immediately afterwards. You should also act before the opponent has regained his strength and launches his second attack.

As in Maegeri Uke, after performing Uchi Harai Uke, execute Gyakuzuki before Uke regains his balance.

Ideally, counter attack after the first attack.

It may occur however that the opponent has the chance to attack, attack and attack. Even if there are five attacks, when the opponent finishes his last attack - counter attack him before he starts all over. 

go no sen - 1 minute version

go no sen

Sen No Sen

MACHITE AND KAKETE - Sen No Sen: Meotode

The principle of Sen No Sen is to receive the attack and attack the opponent at the same time.

An example of this is Kihon Kumite Ipponme

The whole of receiving and delivering blends into one movement, this is a Machite. Attack and defence at the same time is called Ko Bo ittai.

Of course, you can do both at the same time with one arm as well, like tsuki uke. 

If you lack time or want the most easy-to-understand explanation, watch the One Minute Principle video. The short one. 

Otherwise... pick both or start on top 😃

sen no sen - 1 minute version

sen no sen

Sen Sen No Sen

MACHITE AND KAKETE - Sen Sen No Sen: Jion Kaisetsu

This is the Kakete.

For your timing to be sen sen no sen, deliver your attack when your opponent starts his attack. Actually you have to attack when your opponent has committed to his intention.

You have to read his mind in order to know when your opponent will attack.  Ideally, force or draw the attack.

In other words, you have to sense his intention and read his body language.

Take advantage of his suki.

You can only use this kind of timing if you possess Heijoshin and with a lot of experience. If you manage without these you are probably just lucky. 

sen Sen no sen - 1 minute version

sen Sen no sen


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