When the technique has been demonstrated and you are paired up, both nage and uke have the luxury of knowing what the attack and response are going to be. If you're throwing a shomen-uchi and you know the response is going to be a kokyu-nage irimi, there some mental prep you do, you expect to be turned and fall back along the line of your attack.

If, however, you are called out by the instructor to be the uke and he calls for a shomen-uchi and you have no idea what technique he is going to demonstrate, you may be very surprised at the new direction you take.

I know I yelped.

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