I did a fair bit of competition, a good few years ago,
I started in semi contact, point stop sparring, then did a bit of semi contact continuos sparring, then did a bit of knockdown.
looking back they all had their challanges, if I were to compete again (which im not) or if my students wanted to have a go,
I would try to find a decent semi contact continuos tournament, preferably with a grappling element to submission.
In a sentance I found the -
point sparrig - very fast
continuos sparring - fast, hard work and painfull
knockdown - very painfull
it's not such a bad thing when done 'in perspective' IMO, the challange is good particulary for young students who want to have a go.
A few of my guys are looking to compete in something over the next couple of years so it's something im looking at.