Re: Article: Initiative, Timing, and Spacing (Part I of II) by George S. Ledyard
Very interesting article. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to part II.
FWIW, the Yoshinkan hombu does stress the before/after the technique part of training as you describe it using "a fairly complex ritual action precedes the beginning of kata during which the two participants establish the requisite mental link" as you indicated was probably the case with the older styles.
Of course, that doesn't mean we get it. Just that we try to do it. Thanks for putting it more in perspective.