Steps to improve flexibility
It's amazing watching an experienced karate practitioner throw a beautiful high kick over their own head. How flexible they must be! Martial artists are often known for their flexibility. But, flexibility isn't just important to performing incredible karate techniques. It also helps protect your body from injury and improves the range of motion of your joints as a whole.
I sometimes hear adults say to me, I've never been flexible, even as a child, how could I possibly increase my flexibility now? I smile as I recall that I couldn't even touch my toes as a child but today, as an adult, I can do the splits. Flexibility can be learned and achieved at any age. While some people are naturally more limber than others, a stretching routine can allow any student to make progress in personal flexibility.
In karate, one of the most talked about indicators of flexibility are the splits. There are two different types of "splits" -- the side splits and front splits.
I have included a couple of videos that demonstrate some excellent stretches specifically for performing the splits. Try utilizing these in your own personal stretching routine. Before long, you too may be doing the splits!
If you are having trouble viewing the videos, here are the direct links to the YouTube versions:
I am not being endorsed by or promoting the people in these videos. I have no affiliation with them. The videos were screened and approved for use on this blog based solely on the benefit found in the techniques demonstrated. On Nov. 28, 2012 the videos were found to contain appropriate content for the topic of this blog. As the videos are linked to from YouTube, and can be changed by the owners of the videos at anytime, I am not responsible for any changes or deletions made by the owners. If you find the videos no longer work or are not meaningful to this blog, please contact Vashon Borich.
10/7/2021 05:42:00 pm
Thanks for pointing out that flexibility can help protect our bodies from injury and improve the range of motion of our joints. This is helpful because I want to improve my flexibility and overall health. I think I should look for a Muay Thai and Kickboxing expert on Monday who can train me within six months.
2/22/2022 12:13:22 am
I like that this post stressed that one of the many benefits of learning martial arts is that it helps to improve flexibility. The other day my uncle mentioned that he is looking to have my nephew learn kobudo for self defense purposes. I think I will encourage him to proceed as I do believe it will benefit his health too.
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Vashon Borich, Sensei teaches traditional karate & kobudo in Branson, Missouri. She considers herself a life-time student of the arts. Her blog is an open journal of lessons learned in the martial arts. If you are a martial artist and would like to contribute to her blog please contact her.
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