Wasn't really sure what to call this, or where exactly to post it. Here goes.
I am trying to make a link between the practice of pressing hands drills where you begin by offering up your front arm and your opponent does the same. Generally, the exercises begin like the Shuto Uke drill of Iain's:
How do I take this neat arms-crossed guard and fit it into a more chaotic scenario? This would also apply to a number of other drills that start in a similar crossed-arm posture as well. I have been training some drills that start from a similar position but they seem to be missing some elements. I don't buy easily into some of what I have seen so far. For example, the idea that my opponent will just 'give' me this arm without pulling back does not sit well. I'm not doubting the skills but I know that there is more to it.
I have a few of my own ideas about how this all fits, I would just like to know what other people are finding. Some of my assumptions are:
1. It is a drill to build and practice technique(s). It may not directly transfer into block, then do X. But it could!
2. This may not be used form a purely defensive position. As seen in the clip above, it can be useful when the opponent blocks YOUR attack. I have practiced this way but would like to hear what else is working for people out there.
3. There may be no need to close distance into this type of drill. I see this being more about dealing with the middle of the conflict, once things have become close and messy, rather than just the opening punches.
I guess what I'm asking is has anyone found techniques they like that consistently lead up to this position? I'm trying to plug this into the bigger picture so to speak.
I hope this makes some sense. Thanks.