Nazareth wrote:Ikantski - I think what TJF needs is more randori and 'aliveness' though... in a way, most of our throwing is practised in quite a stylised manner!
And there's the whole issue of some throws being done in a different ('judo' or 'NNK') way to how they're normally practised - does that mean we're practising them wrong?
Nazareth, I don't think TJF can really be brought to life. In terms of aliveness, it's a mix of safe techniques that could be practiced with timing, energy and motion (throws, groundwork, standup with pads) and a lot that would definitely lead to injury or prove completely ineffective in an alive environment against a larger opponent (wristlocks, dangerous parts, headlocks, leglocks, standing armlocks).
There'd be two problems if they started spending more time on the throwing/groundwork game. The first is that most pure TJF instructors don't have very much experience with it. The second is that it's really fun and students might lose interest in the stuff that can't be practiced compliantly.
I think TJF deals with manipulating drunk people and people weaker than yourself really well. If that's what you intend to do with your throwing skills than you're practicing it just fine. If you want your skills to be applicable to a sober, larger, stronger, angry person, you may want a training environment closer to the real thing.