Ron Tisdale wrote:
And the weakness that many styles share is that without some level of competition based testing, how do you KNOW that what you think works, does indeed work? Not of the competition mind frame myself, it's not so important to me personally, but I can understand why some would want to go further down that road. The nice thing is that even when there is no formal place for that kind of testing, informal get togethers can often be used for that sort of thing.
So far our dojo members have yet to compete in any tournaments but it does not mean that we can't use the competition style randori structure to get feedback as to how we are improving in certain areas of our training.
That structure can even be carefully and systematically expanded to include attacks and techniques that are not explicitly part of the competition rule set to get an even wider area of feedback, slowly removing the main blockage between competition and takemusu aiki, which is the limitation placed by contest rules.