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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Absolutely. I was 27ish when I took my first lessons, and was so inflexible that when I sat on the floor and stretched my leg out I could only reach halfway down my shin towards my foot. And the ...
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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

First I just want to say that at age 44, you shouldn't expect your body to perform the same as an 18 year old's body. It's just not realistic. So resist the temptation to compare yourself to them, or ...
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How to do a good yoko geri (side kick)

You didn't give a specific problem you're having, so, it's hard to say what might be the problem. There are two primary elements to the kick: the chamber and the thrust. There is your starting ...
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Why is it so essential to do a full leg split to learn martial art?

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 ...
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Why is it so essential to do a full leg split to learn martial art?

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 something for exhibitions.
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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

I took it quite literally by perform 50 of each kick daily. I saw improvements pretty quickly. Concentrate on the technique first. The flexibility will come with time.
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Does leaving the fan switched on in the dojo reverse the effect of warm up exercises?

Yes, your assumption is correct. Your body sweats in an effort to cool itself, due to either an elevated outside temperature, elevated internal temperature, or both. If you switch on a fan, all you ...
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What causes stiff body while kicking? (Lack of flexibility or balance)

You've given us a one word diagnosis - "stiff" - but with only that it's hard to guess what your instructor means. If you're confused by the description, then whatever you're doing wrong is probably ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

Double-jointedness, as a physical condition, is neither desirable nor of advantage in martial arts, and I speak here both from a medical and a first-hand experience perspective. And I clearly ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Yes. Without a question. I'm a Taekwon-Do instructor, and we have students join us from 5 years old through to 40/50+. It's a bit clichéd but you're really never too old to start, like some others ...
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How to improve flexibility for a 40yo guy

I have always been told by my instructor that regular hip stretching (sitting on the floor with your legs apart with a partner or a stretching machine pushing them) is the most effective way to ...
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Hip issue with Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kick)

In my experience (~5 years of Shin Kyokushin in Tokyo - after ~25 years of other arts), Kyokushin tends to accept whatever you can make work in sparring, and doesn't care too much whether your mawashi ...
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Resting leg muscles in cold water and temperature

TL;DR: Results are mixed The theory behind ice baths is related to the fact that intense exercise causes microtrauma, which is tiny tears in your muscle fibers. This microscopic muscle damage is ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Yes, it's fine (good, even!) to start at age 14. It's a common concern from beginners that they do not have enough strength or fitness or flexibility to start martial arts. Do not worry about this; ...
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Increase flexibility by manipulation under anesthesia (MUA)

I think it is VERY dangerous, because you can injure or break your ligaments - and that would ruin everything. And, from the other side, it is a misrespect to other students, detracting their work, ...
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Increase flexibility by manipulation under anesthesia (MUA)

This is dangerous. If it were a reasonable way to gain flexibility, it would be common practice. A lot of people dream doing splits. The pain is annoying, also for me, but it indicates how far you can ...
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Does leaving the fan switched on in the dojo reverse the effect of warm up exercises?

Yes, you are correct. Having fans (or air conditioning) will do nothing to either help or hinder. Although, it will make you more comfortable. A warm up is designed to stretch muscles and increase ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

If by "double jointed", you mean hyper-mobility, or hyper-flexion, which is characterized by abnormal joints which flex further than normal, then no. I've done some research and could find no martial ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

I'm not involved in Taekwondo (so, answer from Taekwondo master should definitely be the best and accepted here), but the question is a bit wider, I think. Short answer: from my opinion it is OK. ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Yep! I'm going to back this up with a few points: Learning anything, not only martial arts, is always best to be started at a young age. 14 is the age that many people would consider to be one of ...
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Very high horse stance

I am unsure of what the problem might be. It's almost always tight glutes, hamstrings, adductors, and hip flexors. Basically very few people these days have sufficient mobility anywhere in the hips ...
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Very high horse stance

This sounds like a straightforward flexibility problem, which is normal for beginners. Stance training requires body use in ways that are generally unfamiliar to the untrained. Should I just keep ...
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How to gain back my flexibility and muscle memory fast?

The question asks what's the best way to get back into shape for Taekwondo after an extended period of inactivity in Taekwondo. Also, what to do about muscle that has been gained since then. While I ...
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How do I increase my flexibility to obtain a full lotus position?

From your question, you seem to have 3 issues: 1. Keeping your back straight This one shows by you feeling like you're falling over. This problem can be taken care of by doing two things: Work on ...
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How necessary is youth and flexibility in Jiu Jitsu? As compared to Boxing?

Jujitsu isn't harder, per se, but the stresses of boxing/kickboxing on an aging body can be very different than those of jujitsu. While age doesn't do our joints any favors, stretching doesn't need to ...
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How necessary is youth and flexibility in Jiu Jitsu? As compared to Boxing?

I am 44 years old, and fairly fit. I cannot speak for boxing, but I just began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the middle of August, and I now have my 1st stripe as a white belt. Prior to this, ...
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How necessary is youth and flexibility in Jiu Jitsu? As compared to Boxing?

I understand you are comparing two specific physical attributes related to training (flexibility and youth), but I suspect you are asking: “Do I have what it takes to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?” ...
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Hip issue with Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kick)

I know this is an old question with an accepted answer but I'd like to add an important aspect. The questions states ...where your knee goes to the side and such, where I feel like my femoral head is ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

Hyper mobility in an arm will not protect it from extension arm locks. Everyone's elbow joint has a limited range of motion; levering the arm past that range of motion will break something in the ...
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