Peter A Goldsbury wrote:
From a friend who received his shodan from O Sensei, I heard that, when practising kotegaeshi, O Sensei came up and said, "I hear this technique is called kote-gaeshi: it is a very good name." Obviously, he had not thought of it himself.
How about the idea that he simply abjured applying labels to things because it is merely a distraction to worry about labels? Given his religious bent and the fact that rejecting labels is part of some Japanese religious sects, I would suspect something like that. Of course, I'm simply making mouth noises and don't know for sure.