My personal definition of "full contact" referes to sparring only, and is short for "full contact continous sparring." There are lots of no-contact martial arts systems that hit bags all the time, and even break inanimate objects as part of belt testing, and do not have a full contact element. IMHO these styles are actually worse than no self-defense training at all because they instill bad habits the students would not otherwise have.
I...Sometimes we do the same thing but without trying to do specific forms, just kick/punch etc... as good as you can, more like an actual fight.I don't know if you count that as full contact or not...
I also met a red belt that had been that for 12 yeras, i can of feel bad, but to his own admission he can't put enough time into the black belt dedication. I thought it's good though, cause that definitely tells me they don't give black belt just because you have been there long enough and/or paid enough.