Yeah, but here's the kicker... Sparring ain't the real thing. Not even close. Sparring is analogous to going into flight simulator and telling everyone you have real-life experience being a fighter pilot. Or, going into an anti-terrorism training camp for survival classes, and claiming you have "tested" your survival skills in "real life". This is the overarching problem I see so often in those that are really, really, really worried about sparring (as opposed to those who use it in a limited fashion as a sometimes useful training tool) --- they seem to think its the "real thing", and develop this sort of competitive attitude about "beating the other guy", about "being the best". In other words, it becomes an ego thing. Bad, bad idea to take to the street. The only way to "test" your skills in real life is to go out and pick fights with the wrong people. Not particularly intelligent if you ask me, but its the only way to know for sure. Sparring is training, its not the real thing. Laterz.