Paula Lydon wrote:
There's a point in practice when you stop waiting to be grabbed from static and begin working with timing, positioning and leading uke's attention/intention.
Is this shift in practice obviously taught in your dojo, or simply picked up on? Is it focused on at a certain rank, or whenever the practicioner feels the shift themselves?
What say you? ...
The two dojos that I train at do this sort of training on a regular basis as part of the class. All people in the class do the techniques because the classes are quite small ( 1 dojo typically has about 6 people on the mat while the other has about 30 people on the mat).
With some very minor variations and in most classes, everyone in the class does more or less the same techniques irrespective of grades. More experienced students are expected by sensei to demonstrate greater proficiency and ability with these techniques.
We do structured exercises in stages:
1. Static with Uke grabbing;
2. Uke coming into grab and Tori/Nage allowing Uke to grab;
3. Both Uke and Nage/Tori moving with Nage/Tori just keeping out of reach of Uke but still close enough for Uke to think he/she can still grab.
In some classes it progresses to tsuki and shomen atemis by Uke.
Typically We only work on one of the basic techniques. For example, we might do ikkyo from each of the above attacks for that particular class.
Regardless of whether it is static or dynamic, blending, understanding Uke's balance, use of centre, proper use of movement, posture, clear intent etc is integral to the exercises.
Hope this helps. All the best for training