You start with the dead training like this - a single attack, then wait for the response. This is how nearly all training starts. This only becomes a problem when it never progresses past that point. There should be a progression. One option is something like this: Single attack ("feeding" the drill) Single attack with progressive resistance (moving to some natural "next action", which could be nothing more than stepping back, straightening up, etc.) Series of attacks, starting with the single attack used previously (the objective is to use the technique to end after the first attack) Use the technique in the flow of free grappling/sparring/randori There are certainly more steps that could be put in, but IMO it's important that training progress to that last step in some form. Note that the last step isn't a way to train a specific technique (certainly not with grappling) - it's a way to practice using techniques, but you can't know which techniques will be used, because you don't know what openings you will have (that's a different answer for striking - I'm speaking mostly of grappling techniques).