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Footwork

Welcome to the footwork section of Kung Fu Schools Online

Below you will find a collection of videos from the footwork we do in class that will help and aid in your training at home.

Footwork for beginners

45 Degrees

45 Degrees is done by placing the weight on the foot you are not going to move and slightly bend this leg, this allow you to rotate the other foot 45 degrees in the same direction as the foot with the weight on it.  Used for releasing pressure when you pushed or when you need to turn to hit at an angle.

90 degrees

90 Degrees is done the same way as 45 with the feet however you then move just the top part of your body from the hips up all the way around to 90 degrees.  Used for releasing pressure when pressed and it is too much for 45 degrees to deal with.

Circle Step

Circle step is done by placing the weight to the foot you are not going to circle then bringing the other foot towards your fixed foot and rotating it in then outwards placing it on the floor as the fixed foots heel comes up.  We then move the rear foot slightly forwards to settle the feet flat on the ground again.  It is used mainly to advanced or for take downs.

Arrow step

Arrow step is is done by fixing the foot you are not going to move and bending the leg slightly, the rear leg if you are advancing the front leg if you are retreating. Once the weight is on the other foot you lift the other foot up and either advance or retreat.  It is used mainly to keep distance or pressure between you and your opponent.  I have shown you before the step when I am controlling on the outside I can then keep control and follow with the step.

Advanced foot work

INtro

Introduction from Master Paul with regards to footwork and balance.

Double circle step

For the more advanced footwork we are now trying to step following up with another step.  This one is following one circle step into another with the other foot.  It can be done by chasing with the same foot forward.

Arrow step to Circle step

For the more advanced footwork we are now trying to step following up with another step.  This one is an arrow step into a circle step with the other foot.  It maybe, that you step to the side of your opponent and then circle through to do a take down.

Parallel Line step

Parallel line step is done by placing the weight on the foot you are not moving first slightly bending the knee and step forward with the other foot.  The foot that moves forward doesn’t change direction it is still toes in.  the other foot then comes forward in a straight line and turns out in the same direction as the first foot but slightly in front. the weight is then moved more to the first foot if your are using it to defend and attack or 50 50 if you are pushing through your opponent.  Your body position is facing forward towards your opponent.

Side step to 45 degrees

Side step to 45 degrees is done by sinking the weight onto one side and stepping the other foot away.  We then transfer the weight into the stepped foot and pull the other foot through, turning to 45 degrees at the same time.

circling step from neutral

This footwork is about sinking the weight to one foot and balancing then being able to move the other foot.  Transfer the weight from 50-50 on one foot then circling the other foot.

drills for Improving your footwork

Shifting your stance

Advanced shift

Controlling your steps

Improving your balance

Combining the two techniques above into a drill