Check it out. Too many people always want to get too rough or try to “win” in their sparring. Here’s a pro at the top of his game, practicing. He’s throwing elbows – safely. He’s throwing leg kicks – safely. They are throwing out combos and getting in their techniques – safely – and without someone necessarily trying all out to stop them from training.
This is the kind of stuff we do when we are doing trading throws in that arena, but it’s still hard for most to do this in general sparring.
Ego prevents everyone from improving, not just the dude with the ego.