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#335986 - 07/30/01 09:18 PM Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
Brewer Offline
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Registered: 01/15/01
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Loc: Arizona,U.S.
Hello,
Yoga stretching has always been known to be a type of slow and methodical way of achieving flexibility.To me it's probably one of the best and most convenient(sp)ways to stretch.
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#335987 - 08/27/01 03:39 PM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
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Registered: 08/27/01
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Loc: Houston, TX
Brewer,
i have to agree with this. i started yoga, specifically to gain some flexibility. And guess what, through consistent yoga-ing (2 times per week) after a month, i could really feel and tell the difference. My mawashi geris (round house kick) have gotten better and my side splits have improved. much props to yoga...guys, it may seeem a bit girly at first but trust me, the results far outweigh all else.
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It worked.

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#335988 - 01/20/03 05:32 PM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
Jeniko Offline
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Registered: 06/20/02
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Loc: England
I'm currently doing yoga with the flexibility for martial arts in mind, thought i currently have a slight knee straing so im giving it a few days rest. but here hoping [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG] someday i will be flexible [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/wink.gif[/IMG]

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#335989 - 04/19/03 12:00 PM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
UKfightfreak Offline
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I do like yoga, but there are more appropriate ways to stretch for a Martial Artist.

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#335990 - 04/30/03 05:46 AM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
Fighting Dwarf Offline
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Registered: 03/27/03
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UKFF, anything specific you would suggest? I tried yoga for a little while, but I just got frustrated with the mystic meditation side of things (as well as the fact that everyone else seemed so much more flexible than me!).

-Charlie

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#335991 - 04/30/03 06:01 AM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
KarateJoe Offline
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Registered: 04/09/03
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I'd suggest dynamic stretching to improve kicking techniques.

Here's a link to some stuff about it:
http://www.stadion.com/column.html

I've been using this stuff for the last 6 to 8 weeks & have seen a dramatic improvement in my flexability, so much so, people at my dojo have mentioned it. Needless to say I've passed on the info.

Hope it works for you.

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#335992 - 04/30/03 01:14 PM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
UKfightfreak Offline
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Fighting Dwarf:
UKFF, anything specific you would suggest? I tried yoga for a little while, but I just got frustrated with the mystic meditation side of things (as well as the fact that everyone else seemed so much more flexible than me!).

-Charlie
[/QUOTE]

If Karate dude hadn't beat me to it, I would say the exact same thing.

Tom Kurz is the best stretching stuff I have ever come across.

Also it deals with other types of stretching as well as dynamic - you want to do splits on chairs? follow KD's link

[This message has been edited by UKfightfreak (edited 04-30-2003).]

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#335993 - 05/03/03 06:44 AM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
Fighting Dwarf Offline
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Registered: 03/27/03
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Thanks guys, I'll check that out.

-Charlie

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#335994 - 05/14/03 10:33 AM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
Kunoichi Offline
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Registered: 05/14/03
Posts: 16
Loc: Salem, NH 03079
Yoga is an excellent and historically proven method for martial artists to gain flexibility. If you do some research you will find ancient archives depicting warriors training in positions that are precisely this. I was just laughing at some 50's karate advertisements that labeled the 5000-year old sun salutation as "karate calisthetics."
But however you decide to stretch, remember what Superfoot Bill Wallace says, Rule Number 1 is stretching shouldn't hurt. Rule Number 2 is stretching shouldn't hurt and Rule Number 3 is - guess what? Stretching shouldn't hurt!

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#335995 - 05/14/03 10:49 AM Re: Yoga ,Slow and Methodical Stretching
UKfightfreak Offline
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I see what your getting at, but just because it's old doesn't mean its good.

Yoga is fantastic for well being, for martial arts there are faster (and painless) ways to achieve high flexibility and above all strenth.

Karate uses dynamic techniques therefore it dynamic stretching is needed.

Yoga uses static techniques - you see the immediate problem?

Static and dynamic are two different things, really a martial artist could go through an entire career without performing one static stretch.

All a martial artist needs is dynamic stretching, really.

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