Three step sparring is the first pre-arranged sparring sequence an ITF practitioner will learn. You may find that the exact way it is performed changes from country to country, city to city and club to club.
Generally speaking three step sparring works like this.
- Both attacker and defender take an attention stance and exchange bows.
- The attacker moves forward and places his right foot to the outside of the defenders left foot and then pulls back to form a left footed walking stance with a low forearm block. Both attacker and defender both shout ‘ki’ when ready.
- The attacker then performs forward with an obverse middle punch. The defender steps back and performs an inside or outside block. This is performed three times.
- Following the third punch, the defender will block the obverse middle punch and perform an attacking move on the initial attacker such as a punch or knife-hand strike.
- Both attacked and defender return to parallel ready stance and the whole process starts again with the defender now attacking and the attacker now defending