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If you are the type to claim that sport fighting styles are actually "martial arts", then, my answer to you is "While it is not true that martial arts require full splits to learn, it is also true that your ability to progress in that style would be greatly improved if you were capable of doing full splits." On the other hand, if you are not the type to ...


There are two important points to consider: Full splits are not essential in many martial arts systems. Kicking itself may be secondary. The motivation behind full splits is often high kicking, which is high-risk in combat. See Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight. No one expects beginning students to have full splits. If your martial arts school ...


TL;DR No, it's not essential. Full splits are an impressive display of flexibility, but few martial arts include them as anything other than a nifty party trick or exhibitions.

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