Three step sparring is the first pre-arranged sparring sequence an ITF practitioner will learn.

Both attacker and defender take an attention stance and exchange bows.

1: 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.
2: 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.
3: 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.
4: Both attacker and defender return to parallel ready stance and the whole process starts again with the defender now attacking and the attacker now defending