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However, I was shocked by one part of your reply:
"One situation where we seem to de-emphasize smooth, even movement of the legs is after kicks. I think we are simply supposed to withdraw the kicking leg without linking that movement to the next step. I do not recall a specific justification for this, but I think it is to avoid getting in the habit of leaving a kicking leg out for the opponent to grab and also to make a habit of protecting the groin."
I have been teaching my students how to make this smooth, even, flowing and connected for the last several weeks, since one of them said very much the same thing about feeling that movement as disconnected.
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