Here is a simple semi- sparring drill for those that do one- step moves.
Do the attack and respond to it as is expected. Then after a while, have the person in the position as an attacker add (if they want) an additional attack of their choice after the end of the drill. The person doing the technique then can respond any way they want. No moves beyond that by either side.
It is not a full out sparring match. But it does get the person doing a set drill to expect and train for a continuation of an attack instead of dropping their guard at the "end" of the drill.
Ever spar in slow motion? Try sparring at 25% speed, with the goal to be looking for openings. It's a great way to train the eyes, it's also a great way to develop patience and control.
To quote my instructor:When people start talking about sparring, somebody always has to mention that sparring is not real fighting. I think most people already know this. It doesn't matter if sparring is real fighting or not. It has its place, it is effective for its purpose and sparring skills are better than no combative skills at all. I would hope that any martial art combines sparring practice with some amount of real world self defense as well.
To quote my instructor:
"Sparring is a method of practicing the learned techniques under pressure."
It's one tool in developing useful skills, if done properly. If done poorly and improperly, it's a great way to develop misplaced confidence or to falsely convince yourself that what you've learned isn't any good or is better than it really is.