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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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The 180 degree leg split

FWIW, after struggling similarly (and being given many different stretches and training methods to "fix" it) I had an MRI done and found out that my hips are formed in such a way that it is ...
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The 180 degree leg split

I've covered this briefly in another answer, but splits don't help kicks. You should, in around 6 weeks be able to achieve your maximum kicking height doing dynamic stretches (leg swings). Each ...
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Can my body learn to split at 25?

Based on your age, there is no reason why you cannot. It won't happen for everyone, but if you did them at an earlier age then you should be able to do them again. But make no mistake, it is going to ...
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How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?

You increase flexibility by stretching. You prevent injury through strength training. The great danger in splits, especially the middle split you need to work on for sidekicks is that if your cross-...
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The 180 degree leg split

Your master has been doing this stuff for several years (hopefully), so obviously he'll look better at it. It took me a good 6 months to be able to kick above my head and 2 years before I could do a ...
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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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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. 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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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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The 180 degree leg split

Trying to achieve a full split in just two months is an optimistic goal; I would expect it to take longer. my inner thighs and outer hips pain a lot. Immediately I would make a distinction between ...
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How to avoid injuries in spinal ligaments?

The short answer is - you might NOT be able to get further flexibility in your spine without causing yourself pain or injury. Flexibility in general doesn't necessarily equate to safe flexibility. ...
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How can I avoid hip injury while practicing Tae Kwon Do?

First, it's normal to have hip soreness when beginning or restarting TKD. It's hard to say if you're causing yourself real injury, and as always I suggest you consult a physician if this is a real ...
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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?

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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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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