How to Goosestep

Have you often seen movies with soldiers goosestepping but have never been able to successfully imitate it? This is a generic guide intended to help you learn the basic techniques of all types of goosestep marching. These techniques are helpful for learning the goosesteps used by many countries around the world.


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    Many countries use various forms of the goosestep. It is best to start out with a slow ceremonial step. First, familiarize yourself with the march you wish to learn by watching videos of soldiers performing it. Pay close attention to the angles of the legs, the way the feet are planted on the ground, and the movement of the arms.
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    Make sure you are wearing the proper boots for goosestepping. They should have some weight, and should cover the ankles. This is to allow the ankles to turn with the boot, instead of the top of the boot getting in the way of the turning ankle.
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    Begin by kicking up the left foot to the desired height, keeping both knees straight. This is particularly important for some marches. It may take some practice before you can comfortably bring your leg all the way up to the correct height.
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    Place your left foot on the ground. Firmly plant it flat on the ground so the whole foot makes contact at once; do not let the heel hit before the rest of the foot. Planting your foot does not mean slamming it on the ground, simply make sure you have secure footing, with the toe pointed forward. It is incorrect to bring the foot down with excessive force; momentum should be forward, not downward.
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    Immediately kick up with your right foot. Some of the slow ceremonial goosesteps, such as used by the Russians, require the soldier to place his feet in a straight line. This means you will have to move the raised foot inward slightly, directly in front of your body, before placing it on the ground.
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    Repeat kicking up your left and right feet. Make sure you march with a deliberate, even rhythm.
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    Move your arms in the correct manner in the same rhythm. This may take some practice. It is best to start slowly and then build up to the correct pace. Some faster parade steps do not require movement of the arms. For example, you may wish to simply tilt your rifle forward 45 degrees (at a 135 degree angle with the ground) while marching.
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    Once you have mastered the basic technique, you will find it easier to learn other methods of goosestep marching!


  • Be patient! Goosestepping is a complex and unusual way of walking that your body will need some time to get used to.
  • One of the most important and most difficult aspects of goosestepping to master is keeping both legs completely straight, particularly the one on the ground. This is especially important for slow ceremonial steps, and it is recommended that you practice this technique slowly. It will take practice before you are able to do it comfortably.
  • Play marching music while you are practicing. It will help you coordinate moves. Prussian marches are the best. Try some of these: Königgrätzer Marsch, Preu ßenmarsch (translated to "Prussian March"), Tannenberg Marsch, Unsere Garde Marsch, Yorckscher Marsch (these videos on YouTube are sometimes connected with Nazis, but actually this music is older than fascism itself).
  • It may be helpful to practice in formation with other people. You may wish to march in a small group and link your arms together to maintain balance and become used to the physical exertions required.
  • Always make sure you have enough room to goosestep, as it can take up quite a bit of space.


  • There are many ways to fall down and get seriously injured. Practice makes perfect, so don't overdo it the first time.
  • Goosestepping is an outdoor exercise for level, hard surfaces. Use extreme caution when goosestepping indoors, around delicate items, pets, or small children, as a swinging foot may inflict damage upon these items.
  • In the United States, Goosestepping is often associated with Nazism, which may offend some people. This association is usually not made in other countries.

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