I'd like to learn from point-sparring martial artists what that experience is like.
I'm a little hesitant to open up this discussion because, like the "kata or no kata" discussion, I anticipate a discussion of point and contact sparring turns into a discussion or point versus contact sparring, which then turns into a contest of slinging insults at each camp.
That's not what I want.
I do contact sparring, and I enjoy it tremendously. But I understand fully why some people wouldn't want to do it.
What I want to know is, not what point sparrers think is bad about contact sparring, but what they enjoy about point sparring.
I've never done point sparring. I've seen it a little, but not a lot.
I imagine it emphasizes speed, movement, flexibility and precision. You also probably have to learn how to control the strikes so they don't become contact sparring.
I'd love to learn more about it from practitioners. I don't even know what the rules are. When I see videos and photos, it does look like people get knocked down on occasion, so there's definitely some contact.
(I have a DVD Hulk's wife made of contact sparring at the black belt test; since we were testing in the same area, I'm visible about 80% of the time. I can't get the video from the DVD onto the computer, however; I guess I would need to use his actual movie camera.)