Olaf Schubert wrote:
Are there no better ways of bringing uke to the ground in a controlled manner?
Yes. Most of the joint lock throws (I'm thinking kotegeashi and shihonage here) have variants where you can set uke down instead of toss them. Just like the joint control techniques have variations where you toss uke.
We are told that we should be able to do most techniques as evasions, escapes, controls, or throws depending on circumstances.