Chinese Swordsmanship/ Jian Fa - 步法歌 Song of Footwork
Stepping correctly functions to maneuver one to an advantageous position, not to neutralize.
Steps are hidden as part of the entire movement, as part of a deflection or cut. This is achieved by the waist commanding the entire body as one unified whole, the spine turning as a steel column.
The legs are for changing one’s position, turn the waist to neutralize and enter. With training, the legs and waist become as one. ~ Scott M. Rodell