The situation I find myself in is:
The university karate club I attend does 'some' sparring in the main class, and has a dedicated sparring class which runs on a '10 people per session, once a week, invite only' basis. Which translates as 'if you're not an exceptional fighter or an attractive female fighter, you won't be attending' (the less said about the instructor the better!)
This leaves me (as someone who loves sparring, but has only been training a year or so) with a chance to spar once a week ,if that, for perhaps 25 minutes. Not the best basis for improving my sparring.
I'm planning on sparring outside of class, with similarly experienced people on a regular basis, and I'm just asking for you thoughts on it. Personally I think it's a great idea, but could I end up getting into bad habits with no 'experienced' person to advise?
With regards to the last point, I figure that if I'm doing something wrong it'll be obvious as I won't hit my oponent and get hit lots by them in return...seems simple enough. I can then try new tactics to overcome my faults.
Sparring will be light contact, and include one-step, free sparring and drills etc.