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Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...
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How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?

In the process of doing a round kick, or roundhouse kick, you need to turn your kicking leg over, to be perpendicular with your body. When I do this I loose significant height on my kick and can ...
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How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?

I am 21 years of age. I have been learning taekwondo for a year. However, I am still unable to achieve a complete split. What are exercises that I can do to increase my flexibility to reach a complete ...
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What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?

Similar to other practices--strength training, physical therapy, running, et cetera--we can evaluate the effectiveness of tai chi for improving fitness, mobility, strength, and other health markers. ...
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What are ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?

What are the most effective ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?
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I have very little toe flexibility - are there other front kicks I can use?

I have very limited mobility in my toe joints, to the extent that I can't pull my toes back the way you need to to perform a front kick, so currently the only forward kicks I know I can manage are axe ...
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Building shoulder flexibility for Queda de Quatro

I enjoy doing capoeira, but one of the escape movements is giving me a lot of trouble. In the Queda de Quatro, where one leans backwards into a crab walk position to avoid a blow, I can't seem to do ...
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hip flexor stretch and popping sound

I used to practice Taekwondo before, my hips would pop when I externally rotate my hips after sitting for long and I assumed it was normal. No pain or snapping, just a pop like you might hear when ...