How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts


Michael Lewis with Yeshua’s Ryu Martial Arts
on behalf of Expert Village. We’re talking today about speed drills. Okay, now we’re
going to talk about foot work. Foot work is key in both power and speed when you’re working,
when you’re practicing with a partner. So, if you have, if you’re working a front jab
and you want to develop speed for that, you’re sort of going to jump and lean yourself forward
a little bit by pushing with the back foot when you do that. So when you strike, you’re
not just going to stay static and try to throw a strike, but you’re also going to move forward
you’re going to sort of shift your weight into it and that way you’ll be able to develop
a little bit more push and power along with speed. Keep in mind that when you’re hands
are up, the front jab is a little bit closer, so that’s going to be a quicker punch. The
reverse punch has to travel a farther distance. So in other words, in order to be able to
throw a strike, you’re also going to have to turn your body into it. Again using the
core of your body and your hips to turn that punch in and pull back. So foot work’s very
very key. Turning your feet inward and pushing is the key part about developing speed. If
you’ll notice that when I throw a jab, my head slightly moves inward in order to throw
that strike. It’s important to remember that you don’t want to move your footwork before
you throw your strike. So if I begin to turn my hips and then throw my strike, what I’m
doing is telegraphing my technique to him. So he knows that I’m about to throw a technique
as soon as I move and then throw a strike. So you have to work on timing, it has to be
timed together, so that it moves together, so they’ll be no way for him to really tell.
That’s one of the key parts of speed, is that they’re not able to for see what’s about to
happen and it hits them before they really know.

33 thoughts on “How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts

  1. martial art means art of war. Thats the literal meaning of the words. So anything thats a system for fighting is a martial art

  2. punching is martial arts man. Boxing is aswell. I dont know why people seem to think that if it doesnt have flowery kung fu shit in it then it isnt a martial art lol

  3. yep, agree with you – mean ppl do not know what martial arts really are. they thing of karate and other 'art' and forget boxing and stuff

  4. i dunno about that footwork. i would rather float like a butterfly and sting like a bee then slide like a slug

  5. Belt Martial Arts are theory… and truly are "art" at best… (not including Judo, BJJ and the like) and are never practically applied i.e. no punches to the head and so forth. Judo BJJ and Muay Thai are Martial "Sciences" in that, they have proved themselves in the ring and in actual battle for hundreds if not thousands of years of forming.

  6. @themusicman555 Well thats probably cause most people dont do Martial Arts and the ones who do get into street fights are more than likely scumbags!

  7. @themusicman555 Not exactly.the majority of street fights end up in the clinch position or on the ground.Thats were wrestling,or bjj comes in if you know it.I just recently had a street fight were the guy came throwing punches.and i quickly threw him in a guillitone choke due to his carelessness in swinging.

  8. its true boxing helps alot in street fight but if ur opponent is only throwing punches also the best martial arts in a street fight are muay thai and jiujitsu if u master these arts or kno them well there is nooo way a boxer or a puncher is going to get at u

  9. @themusicman555 im in shotokan karate for a bout a year now the first thing my teacher told me was always avoid fighting even if your as good as bruce lee thats why its called self defense its only meant to be used if you have no other choice alot of martial artisist follow that rule but i have seen sum fights mainly with a jujitsu person taking someone down and there is a video of a guy in a red shirt using martial arts to knock out some ghetto wannabe bully we only street fight if necessary

  10. I agree to an extent. I suppose it depends where you are from. I have seen quite a few fights end with a nice roundhouse or front kick.

  11. a true martial artist fights only when nessecary or in a ring if u go round abusing ur training u r a disgrace …thts the theory at least

  12. @biggman18 i completely agree, I study lots of martial arts; kaigan budokan, aikido, boxing, wrestling, muay tai, and I have black belt in most of them but I still avoid fights where possible, cos if your fighting against a true martial artist, one mistake and one or both of you are dead. there are some scary bastards out there, and I don't mean those pansy wannabe thugs/mafia who you could knock out by swinging your cock at them

  13. Wow; interesting posts. I've seen fights won AND lost with all hand strikes ala boxing, and with all sorts of different martial arts. Look, do what's best for you. Boxing can be picked up and used on the street faster than, say, karate, but I'm not going to go into which is "better" there is no such thing. It's all about the fighters themselves. I train in boxing, Judo, bjj, karate, and kali. They all work well for me, but may not for the next guy. It comes down to the fighters regardless.

  14. Karate isnt best martrial art for street fight and it isnt even designed to be one. If you want to fight in streets you should pick self defense art like Krav Maga or Defendo.

    I am karateka myself and I find it very fun, but I have also been doing Defendo and its much more effective and practical in street than karate is.

  15. @themusicman555 Not arguing, but I don't necessarily believe use of hands are owned by boxing. I agree most fights on the street often end and begin with hands because it's a pain to kick above the shoulders in jeans tightened by a belt…but I fended off a mugger with running straights and a sweep…but I feel the footwork, stance, and approach of counter striking from what I trained in (karate) were the keys to my survival.

  16. @Draculaardi Karate helped me fend off two attackers with no other formal training. What style do/did you train in?

  17. @nonstophero0079 I think what is key to your post is the blend of styles. What I loved about my school is our instructor felt Judo, JiuJitsu, and Karate were all one style but broken when the Okinawan islands were invaded.

    This led to a very well rounded school with a focus on stand-up (karate), pugilism (judo), and ground defense (we did ne waza because he was a judo blackbelt, but later a BJJ instructor leased one day of the week which was awesome)

  18. @vaneKfan2k Good point…I find martial artists…hobbyist to intense…are the nicest people I've known.

  19. @evolvedb4u I didnt say that you cant use karate in selfdefence. I only said that there are many martrial arts which are better for it..

  20. @blackmasksalve i do karate but damn boxers sure can dodge punches, i just don't really get why they prefer just keeping a guard up instead of actual blocks, got to give it to them though, they're fast

  21. @themusicman555 to reply to that, all martial arts have incorporated punches, and also, if its not necessary there is no need to exhaust yourself using other techniques, especially in a street fight where your opponent may only be a brawler that just throws punches randomly, it only takes one well placed punch to take a person out

  22. @themusicman555 You are aware that just because you don't throw a kick does mean its not karate. Karate can be all punches. And i would say boxing isnt as street effective as wrestling or some other form of grappling considering most fights end on the ground. …oh and boxing is a martial art too. you don't get a whole different category for it just because its not asian.

  23. @w0rdisbond Bruce Lee took this idea from boxing I thought. He incorporated techniques from many different forms of fighting.

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