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#336074 - 12/21/03 08:25 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
UKfightfreak Offline
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Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
[QUOTE]Originally posted by MikeMartial:
Ahh, to be young again [IMG][/IMG] [/QUOTE]

If guys can do splits on chairs in their 50's and 60's I'm sure that you could feel young again!!! [IMG][/IMG]

#336075 - 02/23/04 03:02 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
ninjaboy Offline

Registered: 02/22/04
Posts: 12
Loc: Indiana
i was a hard core taekwondo guy from age 9 to about age 12, and i could get my croch about 2-4 inches from the ground. i left taekwondo to learn some other styles, and my splits went to s***. Now Ive Been back for 2 years after being away for about 4, and my splits are the ugliest thins youve ever seen. I can still kick higher than head level with my front snap kicks, but my roundhouse, back, and side kicks are only at about waist hieght. my croch is now about a foot away from the ground when i do splits now.

#336076 - 02/24/04 05:44 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
GriffyGriff Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 414
Loc: Earth
I am weeks away from 40. I only managed to achieve full side splits up to about 2 years ago. (This was part of a personal "New Years Resolution" that I privately made to myself). The way I went about it was easy. At least every other night, when the kids were asleep, I would watch TV whilst sitting with my legs stretched out on the floor with a cup of tea. Then I would progressively push the cup further forward, until I could touch my chest on the floor and still watch the TV. (That way I was continually looking up, and therefore bending at the waist, keeping my back straight). Other methods I would use was to pile some large hard-back books on the floor and try and sit on them, whilst doing the box splits. Every time I found I was able to do that, I would take away one of the books (making the pile lower). Other things I would do was to attempt Box Splits at the bottom of our stairs. One foot on the landing and the other 3,4,5 steps higher up. (My Legs will not physically reach the 6th step, so I now have some books piled up on the 5th step). Whislt sitting in that position, I used the Hand Rail to maintain my Posture. Within 4-5 Months, I was able to do the box splits. I can now (virtually) do this from cold. So if I can do this, i'm sure that it is possible for others to do it. Just, please do not try and overdo it. Take you stretch out to where it feels uncomfortable (not painful), and stay with it for up to 30-40 seconds, repeating this 4-5 times. I can definately say that it has enhanced my kicking ability. It just takes a bit of dedication to begin with and then a smaller amount of effort to maintain it. I hope this helps. [IMG][/IMG]

#336077 - 02/24/04 06:41 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
JohnL Offline
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Registered: 03/24/03
Posts: 4309
Loc: NY, NY, USA
I envy you all.

The MA I pratice at my age should be called Karate for the aged and infirm. If I can stand up out of a chair without it hurting, it's a good day.


#336078 - 03/08/04 02:03 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)

I can now put my whole chest on the floor when sitting with legs wide.

It has taken me a very long time to get this degree of flexibility, but I would swap it in a flash to have half the strength in my techniques that the men I train with have.

#336079 - 03/08/04 02:07 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)

LOL @ JohnL, I can relate to that. If I wake up the day after training and nothing aches (which is rare)I wonder if I was doing it wrong!

#336080 - 04/30/04 09:30 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
green_tea Offline

Registered: 04/28/04
Posts: 32
I'm 14 and have been taking TKD for 4 yr. At my school, we stretch for 20 min. every day. My range of flexibility ranges from: full splits (front and side), keeping my knees straight I can fold over so my head is between my legs, in butterflies my knees are on the ground, and I can touch toes while sitting down and put my head on the floor. Since I have been doing this for a long time, there is no pain anymore.
PS- I share your shock in seeing a school that cannot stretch. What is the piont of kicking to the head if you can't kick that high?

#336081 - 05/03/04 10:53 PM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
Isshinryukid4life Offline
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Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 2455
Loc: Knoxville.
I can do regular splits,But chinese splits is a whole different ball game. [IMG][/IMG] Oh! Btw im 41 yrs old

[This message has been edited by Isshinryukid4life (edited 05-03-2004).]

#336082 - 05/04/04 08:14 AM Re: A very scientific survey (?)
ken harding Offline

Registered: 04/21/04
Posts: 721
Loc: UK
Aged 16-22 I had full side and box slits. I had a big break in training for some 10 years and now am hopeless. Can do a front split (just with great groaning) but side splits have gone.

Am doing the Thomas Kurz bit searching to improve again but
1. Can kick head height with Maegeri,Mawashigeri,Sokuto and Ura mawashigeri if I wish to.
2. Low kicks are far more effective and powerful so I am not so bothered now.

As for aches after training, these days even me pains 'ave pains!

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