Stretching for martial arts

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  1. rektget

    rektget New Member

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    Hey,

    I want to start learning martial arts, and i have picked a few that i want to combine: Judo, Muay Thai and jeet kune do.

    Unfortunately i cant train them yet, since i am studying full-time at the moment. I am not very flexible, and i was wondering if it would be a good idea to do some stretching routines. So that when i am ready to start learning these martial arts, my flexibility wont hinder me doing so.

    If so, are there any stretching routines that you can recommend? And is there some pitfalls that i should be looking out for when it comes to stretching?

    Also i have been looking at some of fightTips's stretching videos are these good?
     
  2. she_said_fatly

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    Just do any basic flexibility routine, like Starting Flexibility. Flexibility tends not to be a huge part of most martial arts classes. The only time I can think of ‘extra’ flexibility being an advantage is in high kicks.
     
  3. Fridge307

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    Most people starting out find leg strength and balance are a bigger issue. Find some leg strengthening drills for front, side, round, and hook kicks on YouTube. Core strengthening stuff too. Beyond that, any basic stretching/flexibility training would be good.
     
  4. satyros95

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    streching is important for ma
    you can easily avoid many typic injuries at first
    and then give a range to your kicks
     
  5. OcraMedHealth

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    If working on flexibility for martial arts, here is a good routine you should work:
     
  6. Raidicus

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    Kick more. add PNF and dynamic stretching. Do light stretching every day, heavy stretching 3-4 times a week.
     
  7. WinterWolfWoodwork

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    I trained Muay Thai for several years now and when I first started I had the same problem. I played a lot of lower leg sports growing up (hockey/soccer) and had strength but very little flexibility with kicks and knees.

    I found that spending time stretching my hamstrings, hips (target your hip flexors), and my lower back seemed to benefit me the most. I also worked more on my core strength and flexibility (planks, rotational strength and flexibility, lower back strength and flexibility.

    Since you’re not kicking with your leg but more your entire body (mostly hips), targeting these areas should add range and much more accessible power like it did for me!

    Good luck, it’s a great sport and a fantastic lifestyle even if just used for exercise.
     
  8. Mr_High_Kick

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    Side and front splits should be your primary choice for static stretching (do both isometric and relaxed stretching). You will not be able to increase your dynamic flexibility until you increase your passive range of movement (maximal passive ROM determines your active ROM potential). You can (and should) still work dynamic stretches (leg raises in all directions) within your limits of passive ROM, first thing in the morning and also during the warm-up in your martial arts classes.
     
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