Practicing kata is different from going to war.
When practicing kata aite always knows what tori will do. But tori will do it anyway.
It's kata. It's not scenario-training. It's not fighting. It's not going to war. It's kata. Fixed form. Agreement. Convention.
Carsten, you are missing the point. same mindset. kata with fixed form, with agreement. uke went outside of the agreement, because uke knows that nage will stay within the agreement, thus, uke always has the upper hand. thus; katherine's point. uke can always stop nage if nage stays in the boundary and uke doesn't respect that boundary. my whole point of war is the same. if you know what the other side is going to do and won't deviate, then you can always come up with ways to defeat such opponent/enemy. art of war isn't just about war, but dealing with conflicts from within oneself, to between two persons, to tribes, to nations. kata is war between two persons, with set rules.