…is a fact of life. No point sugar coating it. If you keep up your study you will experience it at some point.
My advice is to keep out of it if you can. Just focus on learning. Nothing wrong with that. It is what I have always tried to do.
There much talk disloyalty and ‘stealing’ students, etc. Really this is often cloak and dagger. No one is squeaky clean.
You should definitely respect your Sifus. However the respect is borne out of their dedication to their students and their willingness take you under their wing (no pun intended) and help you improve. They will never seek to withhold any knowledge from you if you are ready for it.
A good teacher trusts you to make mistakes, and isn’t trying to insulate from the big bad world so you know no different.
Practical application and effectiveness is very important, so I’m luckily to have two Sifus that encourage individual’s analysis of technique. That is because they have believe in what they are teaching you, and want you to point out any holes.
People will respect someone like Master Samuel Kwok because they know he has dedicated his life to the effectiveness of his technique and can demonstrate it. It is that simple.