I was going to be doing 4 a month, they worked out a deal with me to go twice a week. We sparred for the first 3 months pretty easy, and didn't spar for a few weeks for me to work on some things. Now we are in the 4th month and going back to upping the sparring intensity as well as amount in terms of rds. 24 hours doesn't sound like much I'm sure to many of you here, but these are private lessons in which my form and everything is under constant scrutiny during everything I do. This is also not including the time I spend practicing at home. Someone who isn't attacking me isn't going to be wearing gloves no, but neither am I, they also aren't going to be wearing shin guards, and as far as being armed... well keeping distance is the idea for much of what I'm learning and is really all I could do in that situation. I'm not to worried about the being armed thing... just keeping my own cool in a heated situation, but being able to defend when it's needed.