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    After I turn several times to the right and left, I find that the width between my feet gets bigger. How do I keep a constant foot width?



    I find this happens to me too, it seems to be connected with some turnout in my stance (not keeping the feet pointed straight forward ).
    Its been really hard to keep my feet straight, the toes drift outward from the heels as I go along. So if I correct the turnout with my heel evening up to the line of my toes then the feet move into a wider stance with each turn.
    The one thing I’ve tried that’s worked has been to ease off on the amount I turn, my 70% is quite a bit less than I think/feel it is sometimes.



    Hi Vasea and Steve,

    It may be that your feet width is widening because you are not shifting your weight from one leg to the other fully enough with each movement repetition.

    Remember that each time you turn back to face the front you should:
    1. stabilize in a double-weighted position (50/50 on each foot) whle your flicking arm and hand lowers to the ground,
    2. THEN shift your torso weight fully from one leg to the other, and
    3. THEN turn your hips toward your newly weighted leg.

    When you do it this way the leg you are turning toward and on is really solidly planted, and therefore shouldn’t move.

    If you don’t clearly and fully shift before you turn then your torso/body will be in between your feet and the turning motion of your hips can easily push your feet outward.

    One other thought is that it’s okay to not have your toes all pointing to the front with your feet parallel. That is the goal in the long run, but if your feet are turned out somewhat that’s okay. Your legs and feet should feel comfortable and solid.

    See Bruce’s book, Chapter 5, Steps 3, 4, and 5 for more info on all this.

    And it’s a good point to remember the 70 percent principle on how far you turn!




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