Remember it? Here's a little story from my past:
That was my first taste of taste of "full contact fighting" , other than a couple street fights. Me and a buddy that trained TKD and were winning often in point fighting(I know, I know) thought we'd try it out when I guy came into our club to invite some of us to compete.
So we show up at this shady looking gymnasium on the Eastside of Detroit. This is in 1991. We didn't even know the rules until that day. The majority of people that were competing were black, we were white, and back then there was a certain 'vibe' that some of the black karate schools carried.
I thought for sure we were going to get fed to the wolves. But it ended up being a good time. My buddy medaled and I won a trophy. After some of the other competitors loosened up I made some friends that I trained with for years after that.
FC Karate doesn't get the respect it deserves, there were guys getting cut down with kicks to the legs, one guy got his nose smashed with a kick, I got accidentally punched in the throat too. Also, those bare punches to the chest can leave some nasty bruises.