You just went above my paygrade. Yes, essentially the guys I am after can simply prevent the connection and we just stand there while I look somewhat stupid. I am in the process of changing my thinking from the "doing to" mentality now that I have felt several people who can just prevent me from affecting them. It's a depressing feeling when you realize your waza is now useless.
This is the hardest part to get down because from early on all interaction was from an external perspective to do something to the attacker - with the internal stuff, all your focus is on you, and once that is accomplished, the external to the attacker is taken care of by it self in any numbers of ways -