Ron Tisdale wrote:
Jean, I know how much we in the yoshinkan and similar schools love kata (I do myself) but this is a case of a distinction between Waza and Kata. Kata will not likely help in the situation posed here. Waza, on the other hand, probably would.
I see kata as teaching the basics. If, during these drills, you fail to hit the basic (getting the grab or recognizing the energy that's coming) then an Aikidoka is nowhere near ready for the technique.
So, although the drill calls for technique, I'd say that (if it's actually the exercise I gather it is), if you're failing to even carry out the initial stage of a technique, then you're short on kata.
Just what I think I see, but I don't know.