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#120322 - 01/06/04 11:13 AM Break-in Period for Hips?
MikeMartial Offline

Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I'm fairly new to TKD, just started training in Nov 2003. Realizing that flexibility comes with time, I still seem to have aching hips after class...I've been told that "Your hip flexors take a beating at the start".

Is there anything I can be doing besides stretching before/after class, and on my days off? I recently had to take a break to rehab a pulled ham, and I'm thinking this was a result of overall severe hips tightness. I'm rather not have to miss anymore classes.

#120323 - 01/06/04 03:05 PM Re: Break-in Period for Hips?
kiwi Offline

Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 789
Loc: Wellington New Zealand
Don't kick high. When you start out it's better to get the right technique then to be able to kick above your belt.

The good thing is that if you keep kicking you'll build up the muscles around your hips and eventually they shouldn't cause any problems.

Don't feel pressured into trying to kick as high or as hard as evryone else. I know henever I plan to take it easy in training because of a cold or flue or something I end up going all out anyway.

If your not particuarly flexiable kicking high means that somehow your technique is going to suffer. So just keep it low, I don't know what belt you are but in mine and most schools no kick is required to be perfomed above middle until atleast green tip (reverse turning kick).

#120324 - 01/08/04 06:00 AM Re: Break-in Period for Hips?
40+TKDLee Offline

Registered: 12/11/03
Posts: 99
Loc: San Antonio, TX, USA
You can go into the gym and work your legs with weights. Pay attention to abductors/adductors. I know that some gyms have hip flexor machines also. A good book to get would be "Stretching Scientifically" by Thomas Kurz. Many threads on this forum reference this work. Mr. Kurz advocates getting strength training before any serious stretching routine. Given time and the advice in the previous post, you should be ok. Again, be patient and don't overexert yourself.


#120325 - 01/08/04 12:36 PM Re: Break-in Period for Hips?
the504mikey Offline

Registered: 06/19/03
Posts: 790
Loc: Louisiana, United States
I find that kicking against resistance (ie training on the heavy bag) makes a noticeable difference in my flexibility. You have to make sure that your form is good and that you don't overextend your reach or you risk injury, but bag work has really helped me get past limits I could not have broken through with stretching alone.

#120326 - 03/18/04 01:47 AM Re: Break-in Period for Hips?
Spanky-77 Offline

Registered: 03/03/04
Posts: 176
Loc: Kansas City, MO USA
I have very tight hips and I just signed up for TKD classes after a 12 year absense. What ever you do that helps relieve your sore hips let me know.

#120327 - 03/18/04 01:46 PM Re: Break-in Period for Hips?
MikeMartial Offline

Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Good to see you back in TKD. Well, almost 6 months in, and finally I'm not getting as sore as I was after class. That being said, I still get sore hips if we do a lot of kicking drills.
I can't emphasis stretching enough; that'll be your first obstacle to overcome from a long absence. Dynamic stretching before class/in the mornings, and passive relaxed stretching after class/at night. I made the mistake of thinking the class stretching was enough, and I severely pulled a hamstring.
Good Luck!

#120328 - 03/19/04 02:34 AM Re: Break-in Period for Hips?
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Registered: 03/03/04
Posts: 176
Loc: Kansas City, MO USA
I just started to stretch and I noticed that the inner thigh and the inside of the knee (muscle not the joint) are really tight. This is really limiting my side kicks. Any suggestions or stretching regimines you recommend?


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