Of taekkyon, the most basic and important movement is the bending of the knees. Bending of the knees is noticable in the stepping motion.
Teakkyon stepping motion is unique. During stepping the feet are placed at precise positions and at specific angles. This foot placement at specific angles during continual movement, provides a very strong stance and easy defence and balance, if the taekkyon practitioner momentarily decides to stand still, or is pushed or kicked.
The stepping motion is adaptive to changing situations. As it is adaptive, alternating between defence and attack is made easier.
The continual movement of stepping, provides agility which is available at a moments notice.
During stepping, the feet and hands constantly move to a rhythm whilst the knees bend up and down like a spring.
During stepping, the knees bend up and down, as do the hips move forward and back, as does the back flex, and so on.
These movements of the feet, knees, and hips, are the basis of powerful kicks in Taekkyon. Every Taekkyon kick requires these movements in order to be fast, responsive, and powerful.
Thus, stepping practice is very important for developing kicks.
This rhythm used in stepping and foot placement is irregular, which slows and speeds up. It is usually a 3 beat, but changes to a 1, 2, or 4 beat are not uncommon.
The stance and foot placement of Taekkyon is dissimilar to that of Taekwondo, Hapkido, Tang Soo Do, Soo Bahk Do, and all other Korean martial arts. Stances of other Korean martial arts are static, while that of Taekkyon is a continual stepping motion.
Taekkyon is a soft martial art, and thus the movement of the feet can appear dance like.