As some of you know I've been taking Taekwondo off and on since I was eighteen. I finally found the school I really love, but the more and more I attend classes the more I see that it may not be the school for me. For one, I come from a combat background. In my previous schools I was trained to be an aggressive fighter, getting a knockout usually meant winning the match. So, when I spar in class I'm use to hitting at fifty to possibly seventy percent contact. However, in this new system they literally have you just TAP your appointment when fighting. If I hit just hard enough to get a slight smack they stop my match and tell me I'm hitting too hard. I had this happen on Tuesday when I fought a red belt. He kept telling me, though my techniques are good, I need to pull my punches and kicks back. A good example on how the contact level is: If you have a fold in your shirt, they just want you to pat it down. Now, I have full respect for this school system. They teach some great ground defenses along with some hand techniques. But, their leg techniques are a little strange. For one, they throw a kick a certain way in class, but expect the students to somehow learn without being taught to try and change that kick for sparring. I see many students having problems with taking what they learned in class to sparring. I just don't get it. Just wish I knew why they did that. I have asked the instructor and he told me once that: The kick in class is for precision where the kick for sparring is more power. For you martial artists out there the kick is a round kick. They want you to hit with the ball of your foot in class, but switch it up and somehow use the SAME technique but they want you to hit with the top of your foot. Doesn't work. I've tried, it's awkward. And the instructors don't teach you how to switch it up, they expect you to somehow know. I just feel they aren't teaching their students on how to really fight and to learn how to take a hit. I've taken plenty of hits before, they hurt but you learn from them and you move on. You learn how to guard that area better, learn how to bounce back after getting smacked around. Just don't see that ever happening in this system. So, I just need advice. Should I stick with the system, see how it works or try to find another school? I really want to start training for professional fights, but this school doesn't do anything near that. The reason why I attend this school is that it's non-contract, which makes it very appealing. And the people there are incredible to be around with and the school owner is an amazing guy. Just confused for some reason. Sorry for the long post, just needed to vent.