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July 9th, 2006, 10:57 PM
It seems that chinese martial artists pay alot of attention to stretching.
Does anyone here think stretching can dramatically improve your performance?
This is the info Im aware of:
Chinese martial arts pay considerable attention to stretching. Common stretching exercises include general warm-up stretching, stretching in pairs, and various types of stretch kicks, usually practiced with speed. As many Chinese martial arts are formed to suit children and higher-level students who have been practicing since childhood, they can include basic exercises that require very high flexibility in order to be possible to perform at all.
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July 9th, 2006, 11:34 PM
I ALWAYS stretch, you must. Its same as any sport really but particularly martial arts where you are really twisting and pushing your body to the limits.
March 4th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Yes! It does improve performance in many ways. I stretch many times a day, I'm always trying to improve my flexibility.
March 7th, 2007, 09:09 PM
It's important in every sport, but especially any martial arts. It gives you a greater reach and more responsive. You won't pull any muscles and you'll be nice and limber. You'll be able to react quicker with loose muscles that have been trained through stretching. It's just as important as any of the other parts of your workout.
March 19th, 2007, 12:11 AM
Flexibility is actually one of my primary goals. I look at old people, shuffling along, & I just can't imagine ending up like that!
April 21st, 2007, 10:26 AM
Exactly, stretching is vital in martial arts. Helps prevent injury and improves performance.
We teach our students different stretches and stretch during classes also.
March 29th, 2010, 07:52 AM
Static stretching involves reaching forward to a point of tension and holding the stretch. Static stretching has been used through out the years for two main reasons: injury prevention and performance enhancement. Research has shown that static stretching can be detrimental to performance and doesn’t necessarily lead to decreases in injury.
Dynamic stretching consists of functional based exercises which use sport specific movements to prepare the body for movement. It involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both." Do not confuse dynamic stretching with ballistic stretching! Dynamic stretching consists of controlled leg and arm swings that take you (gently!) to the limits of your range of motion. Ballistic stretches involve trying to force a part of the body beyond its range of motion. In dynamic stretches, there are no bounces or "jerky" movements.
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July 19th, 2010, 06:31 PM
I think Bruce Lee said, that for those who train in the art of combat, you should always be ready, when you need a punch, you can access the necessary motor skills instantly, and so on...
You'll never know just when you'll be attacked. Say a mugger comes from behind, and you sense him right before he attacks.
You need to have those reflexes to defend or attack. Your fist should already be cocked, your strike already pre-coiled in an instant.
This ties in perfectly with flexibility. Say you need a kick or a maybe a quick jab immediately (depending on the scenario), you need to be limber enough to just crank it out whenever, wherever.
I have a problem with my kicks, and my punches/strikes are used to compensate. But I'd love to be more balanced. If I could whip out a necessary kick at a moment's notice, that would be much more effective right?
Bottom Line: Flexibility allows or disallows your ability and effectiveness.
What do you think?
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