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#371486 - 11/26/07 05:25 PM How Close to the Side Splits are You?
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Just a poll to get an idea about how flexible the average martial artist is. I am at about 11 now, a long way from my goal.
How far from the ground on side splits (in inches)
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#371487 - 11/26/07 05:42 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: everyone]
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I can do the side splits on both sides and the middle splits usually wihout a problem.
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#371488 - 11/26/07 06:51 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: clmibb]
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Side splits I can get fairly close, within 6 inches or so, last time I checked. Front splits......not even close.
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#371489 - 11/26/07 08:09 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: MattJ]
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I dont know for sure. But I figure I am between 4-6 inches. Before football season, I was at aout 2 inches. I should be able to get there soon enough.
Like most people and Matt, I am not even close with the front splits. I just hate them

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#371490 - 12/15/07 03:43 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: WhiteDragon11]
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I can do the splits no problem, but I still don't understand why so many Martial Artists put a prize on it.

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#371491 - 12/16/07 12:19 AM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: UKfightfreak]
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I think its more like a checkpoint thing. Achieving a split, gives you more hope to become an even better martial artist. Its definately a goal to most martial artists out there.

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#371492 - 12/17/07 03:23 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: WhiteDragon11]
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Quote:

I think its more like a checkpoint thing. Achieving a split, gives you more hope to become an even better martial artist. Its definately a goal to most martial artists out there.




Why?

It doesn't have any functional use for kicking, so why bother?

Little girls who have never been in a Martial arts class can do the splits - do you think this gives them more hope of being a better Martial Artist?

Funny there is such a prize on it, when its so easy to achieve when you train correctly.

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#371493 - 12/17/07 03:26 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: WhiteDragon11]
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That's funny, I still can't come close on center slpits but I am almost to the ground on front splits.
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#371494 - 12/17/07 04:16 PM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: JMWcorwin]
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I dont really know why. I agree with you though. I can kick high, but you dont see me getting those splits.

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#371495 - 12/19/07 10:46 AM Re: How Close to the Side Splits are You? [Re: UKfightfreak]
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The ability to do the side spits is not a measure of fighting ability. But is is an area that one can make measurable results and improvement.

There is some martial benefit to increased flexibility and also the COOL factor.

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