I teach a few beginners at my local YMCA, and I seek to train practical karate as best I can, given the resources at hand. From reading this site and listening to podcasts, I've learned some interesting things about the importance of pressure testing techniques. However, I have limited resources; namely, I don't have padded trainin "armor" for individuals to play the role of aggressors and to take aggressive beatings safely. My students only have basic sparring gear (no head gear), and we have kicking shields and target mitts. Any advice on how to engage in pressure testing our practical bunkai techniques safely? I am starting them on basic kata based sparring, and we will be doing some scenario training soon. Other than that, what else should I consider doing to engage in effective yet safe pressure testing of our techniques?
Arigato in advance!