Don’t move your feet this way. This is something I have been telling my student. At the beginning of this video its obvious that his incorrect form habit is influencing his performance in doing push hands.
When we say something normally there is a reason behind it. So in this case the reason not to step the way my student has been doing so in his form is because power-wise its weak, balance-wise it highly unstable, technique-wise it leads to ineffective execution and strategy-wise it opens him wide open to counterattacks.
That mistakes are made is part and parcel of a beginner’s learning. The important thing is not to dwell on it but to learn from it and move past it. This is how we build our physical database of live techniques.
By live I mean our response is dependent on what our training partner gives to us. So yeah, sometimes unusual responses do occur when the attacking technique somehow leads to it. But if we try to enforce a technique this means we have not really listened to our training partner’s input.