FightingArts Estore
Pressure Points
From a medical professional, straight facts on where and how to hit that can save your life.
Stretching
Limber or not, anyone can add height and speed to their kicks with this method.
Calligraphy
For yourself or as a gift, calligraphy is special, unique and lasting.
Karate Uniforms
Look your best. Max snap. low cost & superior crafted: “Peak Performance Gold” 16 oz uniforms.

MOTOBU
Classic book translation. Hard to find. Not in stores.
Who's Online
0 registered (), 36 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
old1, Leonar, ManLar, Vimido, raya
22925 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
futsaowingchun 4
Ronin1966 3
GojuRyuboy13 2
Matakiant 1
cxt 1
October
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
New Topics
The Classic Pak Sao drill
by futsaowingchun
10/20/14 10:32 AM
wing chun kicks and knees
by futsaowingchun
10/09/14 12:55 AM
2014 European Championships Juniors: the Gallery
by ergees
10/05/14 10:56 AM
Tan,Bong,Fuk & Wu Sao
by futsaowingchun
09/30/14 12:10 AM
Living a full life violence free...
by GojuRyuboy13
09/25/14 08:50 AM
Wing Chun-internal training
by futsaowingchun
09/23/14 09:01 PM
Martial News
by Matakiant
09/23/14 06:42 AM
An open letter to bunkai researchers...
by Bartfast
08/05/14 04:18 PM
The Karate punch
by Matakiant
10/30/13 07:41 AM
Leo's Judo Journal
by Leo_E_49
01/24/12 02:58 AM
Recent Posts
Living a full life violence free...
by GojuRyuboy13
Today at 07:20 AM
The Classic Pak Sao drill
by futsaowingchun
10/20/14 10:32 AM
Leo's Judo Journal
by swordy
10/11/14 09:21 AM
The Karate punch
by Ronin1966
10/09/14 03:16 PM
wing chun kicks and knees
by futsaowingchun
10/09/14 12:55 AM
An open letter to bunkai researchers...
by Ronin1966
10/08/14 09:22 PM
2014 European Championships Juniors: the Gallery
by ergees
10/05/14 10:56 AM
** Introduce Yourself! **
by AndyLA
10/04/14 10:20 AM
Tan,Bong,Fuk & Wu Sao
by futsaowingchun
09/30/14 12:10 AM
Wing Chun-internal training
by futsaowingchun
09/23/14 09:01 PM
Forum Stats
22925 Members
36 Forums
35582 Topics
432510 Posts

Max Online: 424 @ 09/24/13 10:38 PM
Page 2 of 3 < 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#336064 - 02/22/03 04:12 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
UKfightfreak Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
[QUOTE]Originally posted by MrVigerous:
Being able to kick to the head after youve been standing outside at a bus stop for an hour in the snow and its lots below zero would in my view indicate a good ability to "kick from cold" [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]

Regds
Mr V
[/QUOTE]

Does that mean I have good flexibility?

Actually I probably couldn't because the trousers I would be wearing wouldn't allow it, but in theory I could [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/biggrin.gif[/IMG]

Top
#336065 - 04/16/03 10:59 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
Anonymous
Unregistered


I am 39 and can do full front splits. I can not do box splits, but can get as wide as most people. I can put my chin on the floor from this position but not my whole chest (yet). I can do some kicks at head height from cold and all of them when warmed up.

For those of you less flexible, whilst you are improving your flexibility, remember that a strong, well executed leg or body kick is more useful anyway.
I do think being flexible is desirable for a martial artist but it is not the be all and end all.
Sharon

Top
#336066 - 04/16/03 05:49 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
joesixpack Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 02/04/02
Posts: 2282
Loc: Australia
If I could play the piano, up intil I was about fifteen, I could have played it with my feet above and behind my head.

Now slightly above average, and everything hurts.

Top
#336067 - 04/17/03 03:36 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
UKfightfreak Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
wadowomen:

You are right, stretching is just a small part of the picture, I think I tend to preach about flexibility because its so EASY to get very flexible very quickly - but most MA go around it the wrong way.

In fact you can reach maximal dynamic flexibility (the stretching you need for high kicks) within 8 - 10 weeks. But, (theres always a but) you need to have good athletic form before you begin.

I think what I worry about is that people are really way to weak for their Martial Arts, especially Martial Arts where kicking is involved.

This point is highlighted by the fact that so many people can't do splits. For example the only reason why (for nearly all people) a person can't do a front split is because of weak adductors, muscles on the inside of your leg.

I also think the main thing that gets me going is everything that I preach is avilable on this site:
http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/get_articles.php?cat=Stretching

If people have come to this site, like I have, to learn then go to this link and read all the articles and then you will understand that most of what I say about stretching and kicking is from Tom Kurz. (hence why I reference him so often in my posts)

Top
#336068 - 04/17/03 03:47 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
ishinnick Offline
Member

Registered: 12/25/02
Posts: 182
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Got to admit I am terrible at stretching, hopeless. I have started late in the game , I'm 46 and started Karate at 44 but even as a kid I was not flexible. The only streching I enjoy is dynamic and i have no trouble doing keage way over my head but as for static stretching , it kills me ! Also I have back problems so that probably hinders me as well.

Top
#336069 - 04/17/03 05:02 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
UKfightfreak Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
[QUOTE]Originally posted by ishinnick:
Got to admit I am terrible at stretching, hopeless. I have started late in the game , I'm 46 and started Karate at 44 but even as a kid I was not flexible. The only streching I enjoy is dynamic and i have no trouble doing keage way over my head but as for static stretching , it kills me ! Also I have back problems so that probably hinders me as well.[/QUOTE]

No problem,

You get to those articles by Tom Kurz, or even buy his book and/or video.

Priority, get your back rehabiliated fully - this means serious strength training (advice again in Tom Kurz articles).

The jist of it is forget about stretching for now, get strong, very strong, get your back, stomach and legs very strong and stretching come easily.

Problems with stretching is basically weakness in your muscles - get them strong - problem solved.

Top
#336070 - 06/15/03 05:22 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
llnohmrel Offline
Newbie

Registered: 05/23/03
Posts: 20
I am 13, a black belt, and have been taking Issin Ryu for 7 years. I am able to do the center and left splits fully, yet oddly enough, not the right (i'm about 6 inches away).

Top
#336071 - 06/15/03 06:14 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
UKfightfreak Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
[QUOTE]Originally posted by llnohmrel:
I am 13, a black belt, and have been taking Issin Ryu for 7 years. I am able to do the center and left splits fully, yet oddly enough, not the right (i'm about 6 inches away).[/QUOTE]

Splits are usually easier for people to achieve below your age, and judging by your 7 years you have probably been able to tdo them for a while.

As for your problem with right side splits may show weakness in either your hamstrings of your right leg, or the strength in the adductors in your left leg (the muscle on the inside of your leg).

If you want to improve try when you get home after your workouts doing adductor flies - this is where you lie on your back and open and close your legs to the side (If you look at your legs when they are open they should look like a large V shape from where you are lying).

If you do this for a few weeks and work your way up to around 100 reps you should see some improvement.

Top
#336072 - 12/19/03 10:44 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
Bruce Lee Offline
Member

Registered: 12/15/03
Posts: 56
Loc: Tucson, Arizona, USA
I'm 14, I do Jeet Kune Do and I am about 6 inches from doing the front splits and about 10 inches from doing the side splits. I guess that's pretty good because I have only been stretching for flexibility for a coupple of weeks.

Top
#336073 - 12/20/03 01:47 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
MikeMartial Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Ahh, to be young again [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]

Top
Page 2 of 3 < 1 2 3 >


Moderator:  Cord, MattJ, Reiki, WhiteDragon11 




Action Ads
1.5 Million Plus Page Views
Monthly
Only $89
Details

Ryukyu Art
Artifacts from the Ryukyu Kingdom missing since WWII. Visit www.ShisaLion.Org to view pictures

Best Stun Guns
Self Defense Products-stun guns, pepper spray, tasers and more

Surveillance 4U
Complete surveillance systems for covert operations or secure installation security

Asylum Images
Book presents photo tour of the Trans-Allegany Lunatic Asylum. A must if you're going to take a ghost tour!

 



Unbreakable Unbrella

krav maga