I'm not sure that many of the applications of kata work against someone bigger, meaner and more desperate than we are. I'll even go so far to say that a portion of the techniques have us as the big dog in the fight and we have at least two of the three previously mentioned attributes along with being better trained and more devious.
Mike if they dont meet that criteria than IMHO there not martial arts .
if you have the other attribute advantages these techniques would simply be not necessary .
if the applications arent simple brutal and effective enouh to be employed against someone bigger meaner and more desperate than there irrelevant to self protection .
if the strategy and mechanics of the movement dont create advantage then you need to look again or look elsewhere .
any physicaly dominant person can fight well with little else but will .
I'm also not really talking about a technical stalemate but being quickly taken out. And it does boil down at least partially to as you said controlling the entry and applying the technique. This is rather easy to do against an untrained person or someone who is badly trained, but against someone who really knows what they're doing it becomes very hard to do.
thats the defintion of skilled Mike , that is often a technical and learned ability . A developed attribute anyhow maybe language is the problem here .
but of course just my perspective , I love disagreement , it broadens my learning .
Dominating positon and force reception .
a most overlooked aspect IMHO