Michael Neal wrote:
I also remember doing this some in multiple randori in Aikido, instead of retreating as most people tend to do, I would walk forward right in between the attackers and they would sometimes run into eachother or me but would fail their attack.
This how I've been taught, too. Not necessarily what I always do, though.
One class I lead we practiced two-persons attacks from the point of view of the attackers, unfortunately the result was that a couple of the mid-kyu grades got so good at attacking that going between them didn't work anymore, I'd just get sandwiched.
BTW the one and only judo class I visited they started with some sort of shoulder throw. Ukemi was fine, but I admit I took a couple deep breaths first...