The Olympics is here again and I am sure all the top level ITF sparrers are looking and wishing they could be a part of such a major sporting event. But Taekwondo is one of a number of sports which is vunerable at the Olypic's. With many other sports viaing for it's spot. The reason is due to its poor spectator value with the current WTF sparring structure favouring the counter attacker to much leading to little action as nobody wishes to move in. Also no punches to the head is a big turn off to the general public. Couple this with the inconsitancy of judging and there are big problems. So change must be made to keep it in. Working together with the WTF a system which can allow ITF and WTF to spar toghether in a more spectator friendly system is in my opinion the answer. The problem as I see it with our ITF is in the words Semi contact which is a big turn of for the general public. How many semi contact events are there at the oplympics? The thing is at high level ITF events such as the World Champs ect there is very little semi contact out there the competitors can not hit any harder. So why label it semi contact of course it is a good idea for junior grades but at Black Belt level? A problem I have seen with the word's Full Contact Taekwondo was when I attended the TKD Power full contact event a couple of years ago as a spectator the fighters I know were good Taekwondo sparrers but as soon as the word's Full contact was used they seemed to forget thier skills and it became a boxing browl with few kicks and little spectator value. This is a phycological problem the risks of the more spectacular kicks are thought to be greater in the mind of the sparer. A posible answer is increasing the scores for the kicks and flying techniques greatly in coparrison to the punches or limiting the amount of punches not involving kicks as part of a combination this kind of ITF WTF hybread I think could be more spectator friendly. Thoughts ?