I got my first opportunity to point spar the other night. What that means is free sparring and each hit is worth a point (kicks to the head are worth 2 points). My opponent: a recommended black belt. I’d like to think I made a decent showing given my experience handicap, but the truth of the matter is that I was so soundly beaten that the judges lost count after he scored five points on me and just had us keep going for the experience. In the end, I had no points, though on two separate times I got a hit in at the same time my sparring partner did; turns out in those situations the person who makes a bigger ‘ki-hap’ usually gets the point as they draw attention to themselves and their hit. It was pretty frustrating, but fun at the same time. I’m looking forward to a rematch.