- Control the intensity - First, realize this is not a gang-fight pile-on simulation. It is just a mechanism to get a little more chaos and variability in the randori and increase the intensity a little. It helps to have a referee (not tori and not one of the ukes) to help control the intensity by giving hints to tori and ukes from the sidelines.
- Home positions - Give the four ukes "home positions" in the 4 corners of the mat. They attack one at a time from these home positions. As soon as tori touches one uke it is time for the next one to start from their home position.
- Fall and get back up - Uke, when you fall, roll away from tori and get up, moving immediately back to one of the corner home positions.
- Walking attacks - For all but the most advanced, craziest toris, a fast walk is a good intensity. Ukes running blindly from all sides doesn't do anything but get someone hurt.
- Use the aiki brush-off - Tori, don't try to engage and destroy every single uke with a beautiful technique. Brush some attacks off. Atemi others and keep moving. Hide behind some ukes to keep the others off of you. You might only be able to throw a clearly-defined, named technique every 5-6 attacks. That's more than okay.
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