Master Wang XianZai's friction steps (摩擦步), I believe, is the best method to train footwork in internal martial art. The method is simple, one just walk with his feet smoothly sweeping the ground, creating minute friction between feet and ground. Visualization is needed and so is mental focus to put the driving force and the move at the pelvic joints, with the feet being light. Interested readers can refer to the many literature available. The above concept of mind though can help a practitioner where and how to focus one's mind, the core of internal martial art concerns what happens inside one's body and mind rather than the outer form, which, all would probably agree, quite simple, in fact, too simple to convince onlookers of its true benefits!
As the old saying goes: the proof is in the pudding. After doing friction steps (摩擦步) for some time, a practitioner should move about (forward, backward, sidewards etc) as in actual combat, and feel whether or not his feet now got better ease and control of mobilization that he desired in the first place. If the answer is negative, probably he did it the wrong way!
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