|Yizong LDG 2013 - Bristol & Bath|
My teacher taught me to train with quality, he would tell me that it is better to drill an application or exercise fewer times with greater quality than many hundreds of times with less.
When we talk about quality, we mean the level of control and how well one can maintain good structure. Good structure is the alignment of your body at its strongest point, you must be aware of all parts at the same time, if you only think about your feet.... You better believe even the eyes give away the point of focus, and damn sure everything else is starting to fail.
The same goes when practicing fighting applications, there is absolutely no point in beating the hell out of your training partner, especially if they are static; This only reduces the quality of the application, and is not only dangerous, but does not develop your skills effectively... Hard and fast applications should only be used when you are practicing free sparring or some form of combative fighting.
So, even if you don't know the people you are training with very well, it is important to relax... And if they don't let you relax you must MUST communicate with them. Stopping and calmly stating "Please do not hit me like that" might work, if not then stop altogether or find a new partner as soon as possible.
NOTE: Too much resistance because you were scared can cause you a serious injury.