My first sparring would have been as a yellow belt (2nd rank), about 6 years ago. The group would have been me, two guys my height, but more muscled, a shorter guy our age (all three a rank or two higher than me), and an older, rounder guy several ranks higher.

I got popped in the face a few times- lots of teering up and head shaking, but no bloody nose. I nailed one of the taller guys in the ear with a hook. The shorter guy stayed well out of range, and the older guy had a nasty side kick which he would shoot straight into my ribs. Overall though, us younger guys did a lot of clean techniques into the air, and dancing away.

I've only been back a month or so- after nearly 4 years off, but I haven't lost too much in sparring or technique from when I left. (much improved from that first night!) I cornered and pummeled several clasmates yesterday LOL. (Light contact and very limited target area) Forms are horrible though...