When is it better to use tsugi-ashi than okuri-ashi?
Do we need to train tsugi-ashi like we train okuri-ashi or we only learn okuri-ashi and tsugi ashi is like an improvisation during jigeiko for example?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of tsugi-ashi?Answer:
Good question. I just told my students about tsugi-ashi
the other day.
First of all, okuri-ashi
is the basic footwork in kendō
so we must practice this until it becomes our second nature.
, you move your body by moving your right foot followed by the left foot.
, you move your left foot forwards closer to the right foot. (the left foot does not pass the right foot. If it passes, it is called ayumi-ashi
An advantage of tsugi-ashi
: you can reach your opponent from a little further than your usual striking distance.
A disadvantage of tsugi-ashi
: you may get struck while you are moving your left foot forwards.
Once you are able to perform okuri-ashi
properly, you can start experiment the other footwork such as tsugi-ashi