Should you keep the same foot forward when sparring or should you step through as you move? If so why?
Most people keep the same foot forward all the time. Lots of champion boxers, mauy thai people etc. But is this really the best way to move? After all your body is not built to accomidate you shuffelling forward. You would not suffle forward if you wanted quick movement in most other sports. You would step through. This would be the natural and most efficent way to move.
What are the advantages of shuffelling over stepping through on moves? I ask because although I see the vast majority of people teach people to shuffle rather than step I am not sure why it is seen as more advantageous. I am being asked to practice with one lead leg forward all the time but is this actually the best method?
My vector is exactly the same with shuffeling and stepping. But with the step I can create greater weight shifts well remaining stable to take my head of line etc. Shuffelling also causes you to bend both knees at the same time. This means you must disengage your core which you don't need to do if one leg stays locked. Something you can do with a step through.
Unless I am so close there is not space to step through and therefore shuffelling is required I don't see why I wouldn't step through. There tends to be a notion that when you step through you are momentarily exposed as you do so - but does this hold up? If I just shuffle forward and do nothing else am I not equally liable to get hit?
You see some pratitioners with great footwork eg Dominic Cruz, TJ Dillashaw step through some of the time but not always. If there are advantages to both when should you do one over the other?
Any ones thoughts on this would be of interest as it is an idea I am playing with.