Oh yeah, after about 2 & 1/2 years training, I'm gonna be fighting on Aug 8. It's 'interclub' level which means 'controlled contact' (no elbows to head, but everything else is allowed, inc knees to head, elbows to body, all kicks and punches, 3 x 3minutes and no decision is given, but fights do get stopped if someone is getting beaten up. It's sort of the starting level before full contact. Shin pads are worn, and head guards and body guards are optional, I prefer not to cos the head guards restrict your vision and body guards restrict your breathing. I've missed the last two times our club fought cos of injuries, first thumb, then back, so I'm looking forward to it. Not touching alcohol til then & doing LOTS of training.