Footwork (soku waza in Japanese) is concerned with shifting, stepping, leaping, jumping, and turning into stances. The essence of footwork is linear and rotational movement.

A distinction needs to be made between individual footwork and the footwork used when moving multiple people in parade/formation.

Footwork that actually involves handwork, flipping, etc. will not be covered here.

The following examples assume a person is in a right foot forward stance unless otherwise noted.
FOOTWORK: A basic, natural right foot forward  stance

Footwork (ashi sabaki in Japanese) and handwork (te sabaki in Japanse) are sometimes worked separately but eventually both must be blended in with "bodywork", i.e. you move the whole body in harmony. Furthermore bodywork must be integrated with tactics too. (And tactics needs to be integrated into ..., and so on and so forth.)

As an example, here footwork notes from an older version of US Army Field Manual FM 3-06.11 (Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain):

Movement Techniques. Soldiers must practice moving with their weapons up until they no longer look at the ground but concentrate on their sectors of responsibility. Soldiers must avoid stumbling over their own feet. The low ready method is the best method to use when moving or turning. To execute a left turn the soldier places his firing foot forward, shifts all his weight to the firing foot, and pivots, bringing the nonfiring foot forward to complete the turn. To turn to the right the firing foot is to the rear, the weight is evenly distributed between the feet, and the body pivots on both feet. To turn to the rear, the firing foot is forward, the weight is placed on the firing foot and the body pivots similar to the drill "rear march."

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