Our randori practice almost always starts with the defender seated, facing three attackers lined up on the other side of the dojo. When randori begins, the attackers charge at full speed. If the nage moves too soon, the attackers will track her. If she moves too late, she receives the full force of the charging attackers. Success with the “first cut” - clearing the initial charge, is a prerequisite for randori success. Missing the first cut inevitably results in a fast take down.
In this video, Josh Gold shares some first cut principles, technical details, and training exercises with two dojo students - Billy Vincenty and Karen Kim.