The other day Sifu says to me:
Your feet are pointing out.
Your feet are pointing out. They’re not straight.
I adjust my feet so they point straight ahead instead of at 30° angles. I think.
Your right foot is still pointing out.
I look down. Well, if Sifu says so, I guess it is. I adjust my right foot a little inward.
Now you’re straight.
Funny, I thought I was straight all along « double entendré alert! »
I’ve always stood with my feet pointing slightly outward. My friends used to say I was “out-toed.”
Everybody stands like that. It’s the big muscles of your legs pulling. Stand with your feet straight. It’s better for your knees and ankles.
Now Sifu has my attention. I tore major ligaments in my right knee years ago and I’m pretty sure I had some minor damage to the left knee not too long ago, though I didn’t see the doctor. Most recently I ripped up my right ankle and I’m still hobbling a bit.
Now I am constantly looking down at my feet and adjusting. It feels weird, like they’re pointing in, when they’re actually pointing straight. It puts a little pressure on the knees and ankles, forcing them to actually do some work. It means breaking the habit of a lifetime.
It’s everybody’s habit of a lifetime.