Hmmm..., good question. I have several different methods that I use from time to time. Of course, this does not include the time (about a month) before any testing that might be going on.
Typically, I design a class around many different criteria. On any given day this might be:
1. Ukemi - four techniques where the uke will take different ukemi for each waza
2. Ashi-sabaki (foot work) - three techniques (plus variations) that all use the same footwork
3. Kokyu - various techniques practiced at a slower pace so that nage and uke can work on musubi (maintaining connection) throughout the entire technique. This is the most physically and mentally challenging class for most.
4. Principles of randori - one technique for irimi & one technique for tenkan (kokyu nage) plus various hand movements to be used to establish particular strategies. this I break up using footwork drills that clearly illustrate the way to move during and between the techniques.
5. Sensei as Uke - Each and every student gets to throw the leader of the class while the others watch and learn the model for proper attacks, and ukemi.
6. Shut up and train - no talking in class
7. Don't think, just keep moving (self explanatory)
8. Suki (openings) - Find the openings and weak points and clearly demonstrate how one would take advantage of these things using atemi (punch & kick) and kaeshi waza (reversals)
There is no hard and fast rule as to which one, or for how long I might focus on a particular agenda. Sometimes I alter things when I see that either everybody or nobody can demonstrate a certain principle.
I hope someone finds this a bit useful. Feel free to use it, ignore it, ask questions, or any combination of the three.
Last edited by Misogi-no-Gyo : 01-26-2005 at 05:46 PM.