Kent Enfield wrote:
I agree with this in the beginning stages of training, but just like aikido taijutsu, interaction with another person is a very important part of training, and should become the dominant form of training. Things like distance and timing, and reading an opponent just don't get learned in single person drill. And then there's the mental effects of having to deal with someone who will strike you if you screw up. However, suburi remains an important part training.
Agreed! The paired katas (e.g. kumitachi and kumijo) are what it's all about, but the tool to properly execute these are the suburi.