I was wondering if anyone finds it easier to spar with someone they know over someone they didn't know. I recently just one a match against someone I didn't know but it was by luck because he punched me in the face so he lost a point and they gave me a point which cause me to win. Although I think the problem might also be that I'm too use to holding back when I spar with friends and that it carried over into my match. I noticed I was about to hit my opponent in the head with a round house kick but I slowed down right before giving him enough time to move up and hit me in the face. Although I'm pretty good for my level from what everyone tells me, I just don't like to hurt people so I always hold back when sparing. Actually the only time I wont hold back as much is when someone hurts someone I care about. (I'm really live Vash from Trigun in many ways lol.) So what advice would anyone give me to help me train to not hold back so much, or to actually connect with my technique?