Posted On:4/02/2007 4:32am
Style: Muay Thai
hi guys.... a noob here.... recently took up MT, but having probs with my inflexibility......
right now my round house can onli reach stomach/rib area.... can anyone reccomend me which types of stretching exercises i should do to help me with the high kicks? n how long does it take to reach that lvl of flexibility?
thanks in advance !
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Posted On:4/02/2007 4:55am
When I was training in Muay Thai I found that the only thing that helped my kicks was kicking more. Even if you were to stretch lots and become very flexible, you'd probably still not have strength enough to throw your leg up that high.
Read Tom Kurtz's book Stretching Scientifically for info on the different types of stretching but my advice to just kick more.
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Posted On:4/02/2007 5:12am
thanks mate! will keep kicking... but wat wld be gd stretches to do b4 n after training?
Posted On:4/02/2007 5:52am
Have a look at this website:
I'm not too up on warming down to be honest as I've only recently started bothering with it (it makes a big difference on how you feel the next day) but for preparing to kick I'd recommend some cardio work followed by Dynamic stretches.
Posted On:4/02/2007 5:56am
Also check this out:
and consider buying Kurz's book.
Posted On:4/02/2007 7:20am
wow.. thanks a million mate!
Posted On:4/02/2007 8:19am
You're welcome. Just to let you know, all I did to find that was google search dynamic stretching. There's so much out there, you just gotta hit the search button ;)
Posted On:4/02/2007 9:58am
Style: MT, Boxing,ITF TKD
www.trickstutorials.com and hit the stretching button. This guy's flexibility and strength are really good. I think a lot of his stuff is from Kurz as well, but he's got a wider range of passive stretches. He's also a lot funnier, and doesn't have that whole gloomy Eastern European thang, although I think Tomasz would eat him alive in a fight. ( I actually have no evidence whatsoever to base that comment on)
Posted On:4/02/2007 10:55am
Style: AMAI TKD
As it was said, practice kicking. Also, pay attention to your pivot and hip position when kicking.
Posted On:4/02/2007 4:19pm
Style: creonte on hiatus
One thing that you may want to do is to warm up always, always always, and to stretch the hip abductors andgracilis. Otherwise, you may run the risk of a groin pull - and you... do not... want... that... ****... to happen. Check this link at exrx.net, and study the stretch exercises specific to hip abductors on the right side.
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