Yeah, it’s definitely not like the shita tsuki contests that seem commonplace in Kyokushin tournaments nowadays. My teacher was around during those days. He’s not in the movie, but he was in some of the workouts of that era. He’s got some great stories about that crew. He said it was played up a bit for the cameras. Not that they were faking going hard during the sparring sessions, but that they naturally went a bit extra hard when the cameras were in the room. And they were getting ready for that tournament, so of course they were going to go harder than normal. In other words, it wasn’t routine training. But he says the black belt test were always as intense as they were in the video. My teacher sparred Charles Martin and William Oliver at the end of 2 dan tests - I think 2nd and 3rd dan. He said William Oliver stood in front of him and slapped him back and forth with his right foot without putting it down. Oliver knocked him down with it, my teacher got up, and Oliver stood and did the same exact thing again, only with his left foot. Oliver had a smile on his face the entire time. Then he stepped down the line to the next person, and it was Charles Martin who continued with the beating. I’ve met Charles Martin a few times. Great guy, and he was recently honored for his 50 years as Kaicho’s student. I’ve never seen him training though, other than when I was in a mass workout.