Justin MacEachern wrote:
But what i am getting at is, someone who is going for shodan should be placed with someone of his or her stature, not a 6th or 7th kyu who cant fall. How does this help the 1st kyu.
There is a lot of value in working with beginners. Makes you really pay attention to small details because...hmm right off the top of my head:
1. you have to model both as nage AND as uke the correct form
2. you have to slow down which means you get to focus on your precision
3. you have to take care of them which also is of value
4. dealing with an uke who doesn't know what he is "supposed to do" is an invaluable lesson in where some holes in your footwork, movement, timing, "messages" you give your partner are.
I'm not advocating ONLY partnering w/ beginners--in every dojo I've been a member of, the expectation was that folks of all ranks would mix.