Re: ki testing...emphasis on both uke and nage getting stronger
I like what you said about testing. Ki testing is a process. Some people can be tested quite strongly and are fine, others must be given more leeway.
Now during technique I believe that uke should only fall if their balance is taken. Sometimes that causes problems when I think a student should be somewhere they are not. I do fall sometimes when I am not thrown because I am big and seem to be intimidating to some students. I am reminded by my instructor that it is not up to me to determine where a student is in their process.