This is the most common footwork found in kickboxing. The front foot moves towards the opponent, in effect elongated the fighting
stance, followed by the back foot being dragged in afterwards which regulates the fighting stance. This footwork, often combined with the
jab-cross combo, allows the fighter to close the distance on an opponent, bringing them into attacking range. This footwork can be done
backwards as well (back foot moves first) to retreat from an opponent, or it can even be performed to either side.
Sliding, or shooting, is almost identical to the step-drag. Instead of dragging the back foot, the back leg is used to propel the body
forward so both feet move almost simultaneously. Although not as grounded as the step-drag, this type of footwork is faster and more
explosive. Like the step-drag, the movement can be performed in any direction.
This footwork is performed by bringing in the back foot first, shortening the fighting stance, and then moving the front foot after,
regulating the fighting stance. Although slower than the step-drag, it covers a greater distance. In kickboxing, this footwork is often used for
lead leg kicking, giving additional power to the weaker front leg. Of course, the shuffle step can also been seen in punching combinations.
This is usually a defensive step to avoid an incoming attack, often combined with a hook or jab counter-attack. The front foot pivots
clockwise allowing the rest of the body to rotate off the opponent’s line of attack. The movement is similar to that of a compass used in
geometry. Although the clockwise pivot is far more common, this step can be used counter-clockwise as well.
The movement is similar to the slide step except the motion is performed continuously forwards and backwards, creating a certain
rhythm. The weight remains on the balls of the feet while moving and the body is slightly airborne, giving one the feeling of bouncing back
and forth. This footwork is used to help fighters stay light on their feet, allowing them to move quickly in any direction.