Questions tagged [footwork]

Footwork refers to the placement of feet into "correct positions" for a martial art. Most martial art footwork attempts to provide balance and stability. Use this tag when your question is about footwork, and add another tag to specify which school or type of martial art the footwork applies to.

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How to move when your opponent is circling around you?

As I have participated in martial arts for a while, I have observed that a big part of any match is moving around your opponent, finding the best angle to attack. In addition, my personal experience ...
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Muay Thai: Bounce Step not used?

In Muay Thai, is the bounce step utilized a lot? I have never seen it taught in my classes, and widely taught more in boxing. Is there a reason for not seeing it in Muay Thai? Strangely enough, I see ...
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Muay Thai Stance Footwork: Slide Step vs March Step

I noticed that the footwork is more Step and Slide in MMA, Western Muay Thai, and Kickboxing. However in Muay Thai Traditional, its more step step and march march (no sliding in Traditional). Rather ...
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Drag back foot forward during a cross

Over the decades, I cobbled together a repertoire of drills from various classes in karate, kickboxing, and a bit of boxing (very little). I cycle through them, but sometimes I come across something ...
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Why would anyone want to use a shuffle backwards step instead of a pendulum step?

In most martial arts there are two types of steps as far as I know, the first is the shuffle step when a fighter moves his rear leg back first and then the lead leg follows and there is the pendulum ...
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Kicking while standing on the toes?

I've noticed in a lot of kick-boxing, competitors often make certain kicks, such as the roundhouse, while the ground foot is up on the toes. I ask b/c in the systems I trained, teachers always ...
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How do I choose a suitable footwork for me?

I am amateur who basically only uses my fists and I want learn a foot work (note: currently I don't know any footwork) so please recommend a footwork which helps me become swift
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How does gripping with the thumb spoil foot movements?

This quotation is from Dynamic Judo Throwing Techniques by Kazuzo Kudo (9th dan), p. 27 Seizing your opponent's practice suit—whatever part of his suit you grab, remember to do so using your ...
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how come some people are able to move around the ring like they're skating or floating?

while for others it looks so awkward. I understand basic footwork like the step shuffle and have heard of some 'advanced' techniques like the blitz step that somehow involve shifting your weight ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Currently, I am working on understanding the rhythm of movement of opponents so I can counter it efficiently. Could learning dancing help me to understand the rhythm of an opponent? Are there any ...
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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

I figured a very effective workout for punching muscles is elevated pushups which strengthens chest and arms. Elevated pushups don't require any equipment. I'm looking for a similar workout ...
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Should a martial artist wear baggy or form-fitting pants?

I'm doing a little bit of research for a project. Basically, for a fighting style that consists mostly of punches, what are the pros and cons of body-fitting pants (trousers, not overly tight ...
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Solo drills to improve footwork

I have been told that I need to "get out of the way" of incoming kicks and change the angle to attack. Can anyone suggest some drills to work on this when training alone? I have a wave master and a ...
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What's this footwork technique called?

In movie "Never Back Down: No Surrender (2016)", Michael Jai White is seen practising a footwork technique shown below. Is there any such technique in Karate? If so, what is it?
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Why do fencers point their back foot to the side in the en garde position?

I would expect that given fencing's linear nature, it would be more advantageous to angle the back foot more forward to push off. Why does the foot point off to the side in the basic stance?
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Ten Chin or Tein Chien or something else?

Ten chin or Ttein Chien I'm not sure of transliterated spelling, is the footwork where one foot replaces another/one moves back and the opposite forward, It should one of the four fundamental primary ...
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Sliding the Feet in Contact With the Ground

Some techniques in hapkido are practiced with a foot sliding along the ground or remaining in contact with the ground. For example, in a sequence we call a stepping pattern, it isn't uncommon to step ...
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Pivoting for a kick

While in training, it is advised to pivot on your foot when going in for a kick (such as a side or round-house kick), so that your foot is facing as much in the opposite direction as possible. The ...
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How to improve speed and footwork?

I always receive some very bad sidekicks when I try to go offensively while in kickboxing. Mainly because I try to make a jab with my right hand but the kick comes too fast (or I'm too slow) I have ...
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