Thank you Lynn and Janet for reminding me about the other half of my training. I'm embarrased that I looked at the question pretty onesidedly (is that a word?).
Mark Dobro (Doka) wrote:
If you "Suck" at being Uke, it is not wrong, because then every beginner would be wrong, and they are definitely not!!!
I'm going to jump on this one. Forgive me but you are very off-base on this one.
Uke needs to be trained otherwise full power techniques are going to cause serious injury. As with any learned endeavor there is a right way and a wrong way - ergo a beginner can most definately be wrong.
Kata training - which is basically what we do - assums both tori and uke are very much aware of what is happening. Faced with a beginner one has two choices as Tori - either dumb down the technique or train up the beginner.