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    Talking stretching

    someone told me awhile ago he took karate i think in new york, and they made him do splits and stretched his legs apart "ouch" so he can get flexiable, can anyone relate to this? does that really take place?
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    Default Re: stretching

    I don't think it's wise to over exert yourself by any means. Streching is important to prevent injury and loosen up the tendons. But don't hurt yourself in the process.

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    Default Re: stretching

    I think strecthing is great, it definitely can't hurt (unless you stretch too hard and too fast). Greater flexibility increases your range of motion and helps to prevent injuries, if you do it right.
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    Default Re: stretching

    What you described is very likely, ESPECIALLY if the school he went to was a tae kwan do based one.

    The advice on being careful on how you stretch is right on. DO NOT OVER DO IT.

    It's an easy mistake for a lot of beginners...especially younger ones. Us old fogies have usually learned to pace ourselves...hehehe.

    The trick is to stretch yourself more and more...OVER TIME. Don't bounce in and out of a stretch either. Start by moving to the point where it becomes uncomfortable, and holding that place for 5-10 seconds. Then relax for at least the same length of time, and go back to it again. On each repitition, push yourself just a little more, but do NOT go until it becomes painful. Repeat this 3-4 times per stretching excersise.


    Over a period of time (several days/weeks/months) you'll find yourself able to deeper and deeper into the stretch, and your flexibility will be tremendously better.

    Don't expect it to be that way tomorrow, however.

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    Default Re: stretching

    Quick Rules on stretching:
    1. Don't stretch cold
    2. Don't hold a stretch, the muscle has something called tonis and will lock up.
    3. Stretch for your age

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenpo-Owl View Post
    What you described is very likely, ESPECIALLY if the school he went to was a tae kwan do based one.

    The advice on being careful on how you stretch is right on. DO NOT OVER DO IT.

    It's an easy mistake for a lot of beginners...especially younger ones. Us old fogies have usually learned to pace ourselves...hehehe.

    The trick is to stretch yourself more and more...OVER TIME. Don't bounce in and out of a stretch either. Start by moving to the point where it becomes uncomfortable, and holding that place for 5-10 seconds. Then relax for at least the same length of time, and go back to it again. On each repitition, push yourself just a little more, but do NOT go until it becomes painful. Repeat this 3-4 times per stretching excersise.


    Over a period of time (several days/weeks/months) you'll find yourself able to deeper and deeper into the stretch, and your flexibility will be tremendously better.

    Don't expect it to be that way tomorrow, however.
    thanks i'll give it a try
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    Default Re: stretching

    Ouch, sounds like old school to me. 30 years ago I had a judo/TKD instructor who liked to put students through stretching hell at the beginning of class.
    First never stretch before workout unless you've done something to warm up the muscles first.

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    Default Re: stretching

    I have found Yoga to be a real bonus in helping my flexibility when it comes to Martial Arts, it helps you to breath whilst you are stretching which is very important, and also the importance of correct posture. So many people in Martial Arts take very little notice to the imoprtance of the stretch.

    Never over stretch and if you feel yourself shaking whilst you are stretch ease off as this is your muscle saying its not quite ready to stretch that far yet.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: stretching

    There are several threads about stretching on the site already. Here are few of them that might be helpful to all of those in this conversation. In the future for such a common/popular topic you might want to do a search before starting a new topic.

    http://www.kenpotalk.com/forum/searc...earchid=150562

    Basics - Warmups

    Stretching
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