Not sure we are all on George’s page.
There is a phenomenon that usually happens “in” a dojo (I had not thought of it outside the dojo in the manner George has) we call “Sensei-itis.”
Basically the students have worked with the Sensei long enough to know a few things.
They know the Sensei is pretty good.
They know the Sensei can make things work.
So they tend to “submit” in a demonstration faster than anyone truly resisting.
(Please note that I am NOT saying that when a teacher is demonstrating something the subject should resist. That IS how they could get hurt.)
We see this very dramatically in Aikido where the students look like they LEAP into the throws. The truth (should be) is that they know how painful resistance is so they minimize it by going with the throw very dramatically.
Now extend this to a student facing off against the teacher. Some of this may carry over to make the teacher more successful.
George (I think) has carried this over to a person facing a well known fighting master. Would this “respect” inhibit their ability to fight back as they would against an unknown person?
I am not sure if this is where George was going but I can see a parallel reasoning between the two.
For instance: You are facing Jim Maloney.
Now anyone in Uechi knows of Jim’s fighting ability and how fast he can move and how hard he can hit.
Where is your “mind set” at that moment?
Would it be the same as someone accosting you in a bar?
It SHOULD be, but would it be?
Now think about the fact that trying to build your reputation as a fighter you decide to walk into Jim’s dojo and issue a challenge.
Would there be some of that “awe’ of the master that would inhibit your ability?
I don’t know myself I am just throwing this out there.
Neil Dunnigan related a story about a guy walking into Jim’s dojo in Nova Scotia and announcing: “I am a TKD Black Belt from Montreal and karate F&*^% *****!”
Neil said Jim went from the front of the dojo to the entrance in an instant and he didn’t think guy touch one step on his way out (they were on the second floor).
So now, having seen that or heard that story: Where would your mind set be?