Its not something I'd agree with, but its not a totally unreasonable policy. I can understand why someone would choose to run their gym like that.
Give him my best, its a tough sport!
PS advice from another karateka/boxer- remember to duck, and whatever you do, don't kick him in the head when it all starts to go pear shapped in sparring! [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/biggrin.gif[/IMG]