There are various approaches to footwork. There is no one answer.
Eg., Bill Cheung teaches 50/50, Augustine Fong teaches 70/30, my sifu teaches 80/20.
Some wing chun people even teach a "cat stance" with a tan sau guard, that is 0/100!
The key is to keep the shoulders level and the hips under the shoulders.
One thing though, if you spar a karate man or a boxer/kickboxer, just move normally. No wing chun
man really uses triangle stepping and circle stepping to chase a boxer all over the room.
If you did that you would be exhausted after two minutes.
Please ask your sifu go to into more detailed explanations ans drills. If he cannot teach footwork well, perhaps you need to seek out another sifu. I do not know your sifu and I mean no disrespect at all, but in my experience there are quite a few Caucasian-Americans who teach wing chun commercially and are certified only by themselves. Because of the widepsread knowledge that Bruce Lee did wing chun in his formative years, some people will go to any wing chun school they can find just to get a piece of Bruce Lee's art. This opens the door for wing chun students who are not qualified to teach. IDK if this happens in our smarter neighbor to the North, or not.
· 9 years ago