@marques I understand where you're coming from. When I was wrestling, it was difficult "sparring" against a beginner. They'd break rules, unintentionally, and we'd get frustrated. But there was no real worry about being pinned, taken down or thrown by a beginner during "sparring" (what should I call it, free wrestling?). Drills/practicing different moves was a different matter though. It's pretty easy to get hurt when you let someone with minimal experience throw you. But a guy who just started a few weeks ago shouldn't be able to throw a guy who's been around for some time during sparring. I have no judo experience, but I can't imagine it's much different in that regard; I don't imagine too many fresh white belts throw fully resisting judoka with a year or more experience. We've got rules in my dojo like no punching the face, kicking the knees or groin, etc. But if I can't defend against a new white belt doing those things, I've really got to question my training. I'm not saying they should be trying to do those things nor should they be doing them, but if I'm getting hit with that stuff constantly by a white belt, I've got a problem defending myself. An experienced boxer isn't worried too much about getting KO'ed by a beginner. He may be worried about accidental head butting, low blows, etc., but I'm quite sure an experienced boxer doesn't think a beginner is his most dangerous opponent. Maybe I m wrong about that, as my only boxing experience was my college's boxing club for 2 semesters.