Adding: I do not see my tenkan as evasion or avoidance.
Adding further: I am not devaluing your post or reply - I think this is a really interesting conversation!
For most people, tenkan = avoidance.
For me, I like to approach in irimi
no matter what, and then go thru them with irimi
mind. And tenkan
is for when I can't go thru or when I feel uke
has too much power (in a real situation, you might find him going thru you - so not smart to train this way too much). But it should be the tiniest tenkan
(not a ridiculously large sweep) and then back into irimi
ASAP. If you have good control, you could choose to do a bigger tenkan
- but it is the irimi
-ness of the encounter that makes the control possible.
That is the way I train. I have no interest in the standard 'syllabus' anymore. I think it is full of 'errors' and once you think that there's no going back.