How effective is it to do daily stretching for the legs in order to get a better foot technique for kicking, like in Karate or Taekwondo. Let's say, I am stretching my legs three times a day for about 5 minutes. Will this help me to improve my foot technique or is it even harmful for the tendons and muscles to do so? I'd love to hear some experiences people made.

  • What do you mean by "better foot technique for kicking"? – mattm Jan 26 at 11:52
  • Basically to have a better control of your feet when kicking. There are rules, how exactly your foot has to be positioned when kicking. For example, a low kick is easier to perform than a high kick. And the goal should be to be able to perform the high kick equally to the low kick, regarding the "technique". I hope you know what I mean. – user11319 Jan 26 at 11:59
  • So you basically ask whether regular stretching can improve technique (foot position etc.) since you do not have to compensate for your lack of flexibility - which is obviously the case - and whether the amount of stretching could be structurally damaging - which pretty much depends on your stretching exercise and how far into the pain zone you go. In other words: Without spelling out your exact problems and how you stretch this is not clear enough to be answered. And the core question (the second one) would be better asked at Fitness.SE IMHO. – Philip Klöcking Jan 26 at 13:28
  • Sure, maybe some, better than nothing. – marko Jan 27 at 20:41

I would say there is a difference between good technique and properly performing high kicks.

You can develop good technique practicing with lower kicks. For example, a side kick involves specific movements, from chambering to the final leg extension. These technical movement can be trained at the height your comfortable with. That could be at knee height.

Stretching will not improve your technique. It will improve performing these techniques as high kicks.

Stretching alone is not enough enough for good high kicks.
You need the proper muscles to be developed, and much of that happens while working on the technique.

So you need both if you want to develop good high kicks.

Will stretching be harmful? No if you don't overdo it. Don't over value it, you don't have to do the splits for good high kicks.
It reduces resistance slowing down the movement, but technique and all the necessary tiny muscles are more important in my experience.

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