How essential is that you compete in sport martial arts? Now some you must to advance but these are few and far between I don't think there is any doubt that you massively improve if you do compete and actually see the sport for what it really is but is it essential? Just I've heard a few complaints over the years that some clubs operate a two tier system dependant on whether you're up for a scrap or not. One local one I think you have to fight, certainly it's expected Are you just milking the other students or are they getting the training they want (deserve ) everyone has bills to pay, clubs no exception So should you be expected to fight? Do people join other sports and not compete?