I went back to my gym after a couple of months out to find out that this season every MALE SENIORS bout will be contested without headguards. Last season only fights for regional belts and seniors with a certain level of experience (don't know the number) contested without headguards,this season due to the new medical opinion that it's safer everybody will compete without. I for one am chuffed with this,most of our sparring will still be done with headguards,but leading up to a fight and more technical spars will be done without. I have always found headguard claustrophobic,the heat and poor all round visibility of the headguard coupled with the restrictive mouthpiece can make it a very uncomfortable experience.i admit I've never done a full spar without so can't for sure say I don't find it more painful without but I have done quite a lot of work without where I feel more free and relaxed,this in turn make my breathing more regular and I feel like I show my true form. Anybody have opinions? Or experiences?