I call this drill "Pad Racing". Its main purpose is to make crossing the gap between you and your opponent the priority. Solo pad work can become a little lazy and how you train is how you perform. Racing your opponent gives you immediate feedback on how fast you are moving and gives incentive to speed up
Remember to be ready to move in "get set" as opposed to "on your marks" if you get the sprinting off of the blocks analogy.
Yes, it's not pattern applications. I do other stuff in my clubs too.
I would like to thank Mr John Watkins 3rd dan, Mr Matt Pioli 3rd dan and Mr Rudy Nezbedda for letting me film them training.