Originally Posted by Eason
Sparring only trains you to focus on things like points if you are doing point sparring- which I believe to be worse than worthless. Never mind that submissions (a series of grapples!) damage ligaments or bones and are easily practiced with full resistance without injury, but how do you think you are going to be able to perform your "deadly" techniques when you've never applied them against a fully resistant opponent? To practice an eye jab, you first learn how to apply a jab, and then you can modify it by extending fingers. Think an eye gouge is going to save you? Not if you don't know how to achieve a dominant position and hold it. I've heard so many claims saying the same thing about "deadly" moves, and other excuses for not sparring. None of them hold any water.
P.S. the saying about knife fighting from my kali teacher was "The winner goes to the hospital, the loser goes to the morgue."
We did some of the less dangerous full force moves, against targets that knew it was coming so could be ready for it, and flow with the attack, rather than resisting it and hurting themselves more. We practiced attacks against pads, as well as full force drills (I throw a punch, it gets blocked, they counter punch, I block, repeat). I was once drilling elbow strikes with someone and got through his guard. I nearly split the side of his face open, and he needed to sit down for a bit before he could return to the drill. After that he couldn't cover as strongly, so I slowed it back and focused on my body motion and technique rather than full force attacks for the rest of the drill.
Some of our grapples are likely to pop joints out, or damage ligaments. Either you're just fine with the idea of damaging your body, or your joint locks and submission holds aren't as aggressive as ours.
I'm not saying my technique is deadly. There are only a few strikes that have a real chance of causing death (some of the back of the neck attacks, and throat attacks). It doesn't have to be deadly to injure you, possibly permanently. I did martial arts to learn to defend myself from serious injury, not to practice getting injured.