inspired by stu's article in totally tkd i thought id make a thread about contact levels in competition. personally i think that more needs to be done to standardize contact levels for all competitions and in some cases even within the same competition.for example,i recently competed in the UKTF open in scotland and although it was billed as a light contact competition, it was almost full contact for the most part. another occasion was the INTA open in ireland. the contact levels varied greatly between different rings depending on the referee. the ring i was sparring in had a belgian referee and he wasnt enforcing any sort of contact restraints.i started off with light contact as always but my opponent was using full contact so i stepped it up and gave as good as i got. i ended up breaking my opponents nose (he was spinning as i punched so it was 50/50 contact). it wasnt bleeding at this stage but it was quiet obviously out of place so i called a time-out and pointed this out to the ref.he glanced at it briefly and told us to continue. i tried to avoid his nose but inevitably i hit it and only when it started bleeding did the ref stopped the fight. personally i think that it is beyond belief that something like this was allowed to occur in a supposedly 'light contact' competition. although many of the referees at the competition were enforcing the rules properly i feel that all referees at a competition should be enforcing the same contact restraints and there should be very little variation between the contact levels between competitions that advertise themselves as having the same contact level ie: light contact should be uniform across different countries along with every other sparring type what are your views?