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  1. #11
    Torakaka's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Kaka village
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    just practicing the high kick seems to work best for me.
    Ranked #9 internationally at 118lbs by WIKBA

  2. #12
    Rubberduck's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    :surprised Easy for you to say young lady. But unfortunately old fart like me needs to work extra on flexibility, so I donīt have to fight my own muscles (or somesuch) to get that damn kick up.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    CA, USA
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Thanks to everybody for their helpful comments!

    So, the consensus is that I need to work diligently on my hip flexibility for all degrees of freedom of the hip joint for/by different types of flexibility/stretching types: "static" ("slow"), dynamic and PNF.

    Individual replies below.

    I have been working towards side and front splits on and off for the last couple of months (mostly "off" though, the be honest -- hence not much progress).
    I guess a more consistent approach is needed! Might go back to that book by "Tom Kurz" (sp?).

    My hip flexibility is indeed poor.
    The form of my lower kicks seems fine, with the support foot indeed ending up parallel to the target.
    When I try to go higher the form "collapses" (this is the very issue I want to correct), probably due the absence of flexibility...

    PNF helped me greatly for my hamstrings.
    Yes. I see pain in my future.

    I stretch everyday. On the days when I train I do stretch after exercising.

    Improving the kick by kicking worked slowly but surely for my lower kicks.
    For the high kick (head level) it seems that so many things "conspire against me" -- flexibility, balance, strength -- that training these different aspects
    individually (initially) seems the only way to go for me.

    "fight my own muscles" that's kinda how I feel too.

    Again, thanks everybody!

    -E :new_evil:

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Salford, UK
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Quote Originally Posted by evil_e
    I have been training in MT for a couple of months....
    dont start beating yourself up just yet mate, you're not going to master MT in 8 weeks... or even 80. RELAX, it will come.

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