Hi Griff. I agree with your intial points on sparring. I posted some similar thoughts here:http://www.fightingarts.com/ubbthreads/s...=0#Post15783082
I think that sparring drills for beginners should be very simple, with clearly defined goals for each participant. Usually along the lines of one person attacks, the other defends, switching roles at regular intervals. Starting very simple, ex: person A punches, person B evades or blocks. Next cycle, person A adds in kicks, person B still defends. Next cycle person B is allowed to clinch in response to A's attacks, etc.