I suspect most of us on here have engaged in martial arts contact competition in some form, be it Karate, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, BJJ, Judo or something else, so I'm seeking your oppinion on this.
For those who practice sport-form martial arts and wish to progress through the grades should there be a necessity to compete as part of that process? If so, at what level? Interclub? Alternate friendly local club? External? Something else?
Things seems to have changed in recent years. In BJJ you can get a black belt without ever competing although regular rolling with peers is essential. For Judo (BJA) is now possible to get black belt without competing.