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    Default July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    STEP-DRAG -

    The stepping forward, or back, with one foot and the dragging of the other foot so that the distance between them returns to their original depth. This is another of the methods of shuffling.
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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    STEP-DRAG -

    The stepping forward, or back, with one foot and the dragging of the other foot so that the distance between them returns to their original depth. This is another of the methods of shuffling.
    A good definition that begs for more information as to how to perform it, and exactly what does "drag" mean.
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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    STEP-DRAG -

    The stepping forward, or back, with one foot and the dragging of the other foot so that the distance between them returns to their original depth. This is another of the methods of shuffling.
    I think the flaw in this definition is that if you do it right, the depth will remain the same at all times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoChanger View Post
    I think the flaw in this definition is that if you do it right, the depth will remain the same at all times.
    I wouldn't consider that a "flaw." That's what footwork is supposed to do. Allow you to move in your base neutral bow, and return to the original dimensions and specifications for consistency in movement.
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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    Is a step and a drag similiar to a step and pull that occurs when you engage the arm of a person who is moving towards you?

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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    I wouldn't consider that a "flaw." That's what footwork is supposed to do. Allow you to move in your base neutral bow, and return to the original dimensions and specifications for consistency in movement.
    That's true, I just remembered most of the time step dragging could happen from a standing position to a neutral.
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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    Pretty much the only way to move in any direction without changing the distance between your feet is to hop.

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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    For us, the step/drag is used for minor distancing adjustments. It is not used to really close the distance like I have seen some do with a giant first step and all the weight anchored to that leg and then really dragging up the rear leg.

    Even with that, it is still an emphasized "step" by bringing the foot up and down with a a slightly leading by the heel first. It is not just a sliding of the front foot into position. Offensively, the front foot should come up just high enough that I can step on the attacker's foot and not just stub our toes on each other. LOL As my instructor often says, "our footwork is designed to fight in a Michigan corn field". It plans for those uneven surfaces and trains that extensively, it rarely uses any sliding or gliding footwork often seen in dojos.
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    Default Re: July 2018 POM - Step-Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by punisher73 View Post
    For us, the step/drag is used for minor distancing adjustments. It is not used to really close the distance like I have seen some do with a giant first step and all the weight anchored to that leg and then really dragging up the rear leg.

    Even with that, it is still an emphasized "step" by bringing the foot up and down with a a slightly leading by the heel first. It is not just a sliding of the front foot into position. Offensively, the front foot should come up just high enough that I can step on the attacker's foot and not just stub our toes on each other. LOL As my instructor often says, "our footwork is designed to fight in a Michigan corn field". It plans for those uneven surfaces and trains that extensively, it rarely uses any sliding or gliding footwork often seen in dojos.
    Absolutely. One of the biggest errors many make in footwork is taking the "drag" descriptor literally, and they think it means the foot must "drag" physically on the surface.

    When Mr. Parker created the terminology he explained, "The term drag is derived from the fact that in conjunction with the direction of travel, one leg is trailing the other, and therefore is in the position of being "dragged' into position." He also offered up the idea of a "drag chute" behind a race car or military plane, and said, "It's always trailing behind you."

    Apparently, this information never got to the majority of instructors I've seen teach footwork, as he emphasized the feet NEVER drag along the surface because it creates misalignment. ALL footwork is predicated on the "up and down" movement you speak of that is is inherent in bi-pedal locomotion whether moving forward, backward or laterally. In the beginning, it is exaggerated, and gradually the height the foot is raised diminishes unless the application demands otherwise.

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    Nope... I'm so smooth I glide.....



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