What’s going on with the Red Crane Dailies?

I’ve been working on the August Celestials dailies and I can’t figure this place out.  We get a quest to duel training students but they are hostile by default.  In addition, they run around in roving gangs.  When we defeat these students, they bow and leave, but if three or more of them attack you, they beat you to death.  I just don’t get it. /rant off