This week we are taking more of what we learned about the various types of two handed grabs, ryo-kata-tori, and our one hand grab and then strike, kata-tori men-uchi. When we think about a single opponent these attacks have a defined defense and counter into an art. With multiple attackers you are not just thinking about the first opponent that is attacking you but the next and then the one after that.
We have been working on lines to help us work through multiple attackers and focus on blocking each attackers potential attack. This week we are going to add to that in that we want to position our next attacker so that it is in our favor. On Saturday we talked that we want to maintain the multiple attackers into a manageable group so that we are seeing them as one large entity versus individual attackers. If we push one too hard and they are able to "break away from the pack", they become more of an unknown and they can either rejoin the group or attack on their own.
Instead we want to keep the group moving together until we decide who we want to start picking off those we want or help arrives. I relate this a lot to how sardines are managed by predators, we want to become the predators and our attackers sardines.