For some reason, my recent time studying taekwondo has sparked personal interest in point sparring. I have participated in a small federation tournament. I had around twelve competitors in my division in sparring, hand forms and weapons forms. My dojunim has a bad taste in his mouth from past experience in open tournaments ie. stolen sparring gear a lack of respect for judges and letting competition override sportsmanship. I am approaching this cautiously as I do not want to go against him, however I am wondering how much of the afore mentioned trouble is common in open events.