I'm curious as to how important participation in tournaments is to your school, style or art.
Some of us are very tournament oriented, and are involved in many tournaments throughout the year, and participation is expected and/or explicitly required to advance in status or rank.
Others don't participate in tournaments at all, or, if they do, it's completely voluntary and relatively unimportant to a student's progress in the style.
I want to hear YOUR experience - and I want your opinion.
IS PARTICIPATION IN TOURNAMENTS IMPORTANT TO A STUDENT'S GROWTH AND PROGRESSION IN THE MARTIAL ARTS?