Hi everyone, as the title suggests I'm interested in learning about how live training is conducted in koryu bujutsu schools, in particular the unarmed arts. I ask because from what I've seen demonstrated the context for the kata always seems to be an all out assault that comes out of nowhere - the hands always seem to be down, the posture held naturally and the attack performed with all out intent - I see it as blitzkrieg training, while competitive cousin arts like Judo are more trench warfare, begin-from-a-stalemate training. So my question is, when it's time to really test these techniques, do the participants get told to act in a certain way? To adopt a particular mindset, like just try and wipe the other guy out and to hell with what he attempts to counter with? It always seems to me that if you trained these sorts of contexts and told the participants to act alive and resist etc, they will just start competing with each other. Like, if I KNOW you're going to try and counter my hammerfist with a neck drop, it's easy for me to rig my attack so that you fail every time, because I can pre-empt you. Sure the other guy can change fluidly to a new technique if he's on the ball, but if I force him to do that every time we're not really practicing the kata we were meant to, are we? So is there a mindset that has to be adopted in order to keep the alive training in the right context? Have I even understood the context for which koryu systems train? Is there even a difference in contexts between competitive arts like Judo and non-competitive ones like the koryu Ju Jutsu styles? If any koryu practitioner - or anyone who wants to add their two cents for that matter - could weigh in on this I would really appreciate it :] -Jon P.S sorry for the slightly messy post, I'm using a brand new laptop the keyboard of which is in Japanese, I'm having a hard time bending it to my will!