Sparring versus Pinball
Competition sparring is similar to playing a pinball machine. You have to be quick, your timing must be precise, and you must make split second decisions on how to react so as to get the highest score. In pinball, if you want the highest score, you have to play a little play close to the edge of fairness. You have to jiggle, nudge, and shake the machine to get the ball to go where you want it to go, but, if you go too far, you will "tilt" and lose the game. To get the most points in competition sparring, you also have to flirt with the rules and play close to the edge, but, if you go too far, you will be disqualified and lose the match.