I have done several non-gathering stickfighting events, one which was very close to DBMA (sled dog was the judge
) not my fight but from the same event - http://youtube.com/watch?v=FPHowqc8fh0
. I believe any experience is good. Others that I have done do not allow kicking, punching, grappling, etc. but I still found them to be valuable to my growth. I have since decided to only stick with the gatherings but plan on taking some of my fighters to WEKAF style events to get some experience before we get them out to a gathering. In my eyes as long as you are having fun and learning that is all that matters.