Trust me.... you are pushing the negative thoughts away while trying to keep up your facade of confidence. <snip>
The mind conditioning is just as important as the physical conditioning. And... the person with the reputation has an advantage...
Disagree. It depends on the context of the challenge and who the challenger is and what and why he is there. Also there is more than one kind of challenge!
Among the infinite forces at work there is absolutely no guarantee that the 'master' will have any intimidation factor going for them any more than anyone else being challenged. Listen to the words written on the 'master threads' in distain of who some *envision* as the paper tiger who calls himself master - with great distain. Are "we" going to be intimidated by these 'masters' or are we going to belly laugh as they make way into the ring of honor with a swaggering stride?
The point is the whole reason the challenge was made is because the challenger thinks the challenged is full of crap and should be exposed, not because one secretly thinks he is a bad ass…
In this case the challenger makes the challenge because he is disgusted by the arrogant display of whom he feels is completely unworthy of the title 'master' and therefore is not only not intimidated but bloodthirsty and has no respect for this 'worthless fraud.'
Wong, Hawkins Cheung and some others used to ‘go fishing’ for talented martial artists, they went from school to school, master to master like one driving around looking for a good restaurant. 'Oh this one might have good food...' After having visited several of the eateries in the area and not being very impressed, one walks into the next place with near certainty that the food will be 'just as bad' or 'worse.' Not much of an intimidation factor here. Indeed finding a jewel of a restaurant is easier than finding a jewel of a martial art teacher and school and from his accounts I seriously doubt this truth has changed much since the old days.
Listen to how Laird has mentioned that he would like to get a ‘sample’ of what the teacher has to offer - go a couple of rounds, etc, some folks simply want to sample what the school has to offer – through friendly or not, challenges.
If you could 'beat' or embarrass the interested party then he would likely ask to be your student. In this case one is merely looking for the “real stuff” and loosing means that you found it so intimidation factor is dependant on the people and how salty the challenger is. There is just as much a chance of the ‘master’ being intimidated by the right challenger IMO.