Tim's Discussion Board: Ba Gua Zhang : Footwear
   By Mark Hatfield on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 07:40 am: Edit Post

Any preferences out there on footwear, particulary when practicing pivots? (I know the 'proper' response is to wear whatever one wears normally everyday)

   By Ken Lew on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:49 am: Edit Post

Hi Mark:

With the proliferation of all kinds of footwear with different soles, I always felt the best shoe to wear is one that has a flat soles. Flat allows the foot to lie flush with the ground and achieve maximum rooting.

   By Bagua Bill on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

I get some real nice spin motion from dress shoes
with an smooth sole.

   By shoeless one on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 02:45 pm: Edit Post


funny you should mention this as i have finally destroyed my emerica skate shoes doing kick training..

top end skateboard shoes tend to be pretty good as they are designed for linear grip whilst allowing smooth rotation.. ok if you aren't doing sliding step footwork...

anyway..i'd suggest a visit to the skateboard shop..

shoeless one

   By H2O Dragon on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 04:01 pm: Edit Post

Airwalks. They are skater shoes. Basically a flat soled gym shoe.

   By David on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 06:20 pm: Edit Post

Adidas Sambas

   By fred on Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:33 am: Edit Post

Spin & rotational track and field shoes - allow for sliding and pivoting very easy, usually pretty light weight, however pretty expensive. Also, look at the "Discipline" shoes, they have a web sight.

   By Bagua Bill on Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 12:36 pm: Edit Post

also try the taekwondo shoes that have an disk on the bottom of will find them advertised in tae kwon do times magazine.good spin if you wanna spend for it. I know as we spin lots in taekwondo/hapkido.

   By Mark Hatfield on Friday, May 24, 2002 - 09:58 pm: Edit Post

I also just posed this question to a fellow whose first response was 'What type of surface are you practicing on?. For kitchen lineoleum he recommends just plain socks. Nylon being better than cotton. Have now tried it and it seems ok for my use and much cheaper than the dance shoes which I had been considering. Of course, other surfaces would require other footwear. Thanks for the ideas guys.

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