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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?

The science on static stretching in the warm up is not settled. The NY Times has a short article based on a review of stretching studies that points to static stretching in the warm up being neutral ...
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How useful is it to have regular Thai massages parallel to Muay Thai training and is yoga a substitute?

Here's the thing about shoulder pain: it might be a muscle strain, it might be partial tendon tear, it might be a pinched nerve, it might be bursitis, it might be a lot of things. Now, depending what ...
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Hip problems and roundhouse kick?

As a brown belt you have already got a number of years of stretching behind you - did you notice any improvement that was related to that stretching (and wasn't a result of co-ordination improvement)? ...
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The 180 degree leg split

I know this is an old question but I'm relatively new to this site and thought I could help. I can do a 180 degree split if it's front to back but it's still at times difficult to kick an opponent in ...
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How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?

As requested on another thread - commonly used techniques that should be avoided/the methods of old. DO NOT DO THESE tearing the muscles and holding them out to heal "in place" - several ageing ...
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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

Background, in case you're curious, I'm a second dan black belt training for competitive sparring. So, it's my opinion that there are two things that you should work on to improve finesse. One of ...
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The 180 degree leg split

Full split in 2 months? Don't be so hard on yourself, it can take years. Then consider, is there really ever a need in a combat situation to kick that high? Seems like a flowery waste of energy to me....
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Is it okay to use a pulley to stretch?

I'm no doctor and if you want medical advice on the safety of stretching with a pulley you're asking in the wrong place, but it seems to me that as long as you're not feeling burning pain from ...
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Stretching for the split

You are at an advanced stage of stretching, given the numbers you provide. However, stretching does not increase your capability to stretch! Think of your muscles like putty. When you roll it so ...
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Hip issue with Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kick)

This could be a ligament-stretching issue rather than a muscle-stretching issue, which is why it doesn't feel like stiffness. There are 2 stretches that can help with this: One is a partnered-...
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Hip problems and roundhouse kick?

Asking the Internet for advice on something like this isn't the best approach, because we don't know enough about you and your limits. The best thing would be for you to find a physiotherapist, or ...
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Hip problems and roundhouse kick?

I'll assume you're already doing a good amount of stretching for hip and thigh muscles. The next thing to work with is core muscles - tight quadratus lumborum, psoas, and serratus muscles can also ...
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Pain when performing mae geri and mawashi geri

I would add, per your details, you should focus on warming up. You didn't say if you warmed up, and you didn't say when you stretched or how you stretch - the devil is always in the details. So ...
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Stretching advices for kicking

To preface, static flexibility (the ability to achieve a fixed position at the extremes of a joints ROM and hold it), is not necessarily going to improve mobility (the ability of a joint to move ...
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What stretches should be done before performing Shotokan kata?

Stretching is somewhat of a personal thing, however there are a couple things to know. There are four different types of stretching, each with their own recommendations and hazards. Static stretching -...
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Pain when performing mae geri and mawashi geri

TL; DR; - Stronglifts 5x5 and therapy devices. A slight bit of anatomy first. There are several muscles and tendons running through the back of the knee area (As well as ligaments). The heads of the ...
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How much time is required for heel stretch?

This is entirely dependent on your flexibility and muscle tension. Age also plays a factor as the younger you are the easier it is to stretch muscles out. You will have to stretch and test your ...
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Negative effect of splits

This is medical not martial arts specific related, but no you can't become sterile from splits. First off your groin muscles are tied to the legs via tendons to the buttock/abs while the ligaments ...
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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

I just read an article where a group of students in Inchon (seniors) had measurements taken over a period of time and while at their age (the men) were expected to have 25% less strength due to age ...
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How useful is it to have regular Thai massages parallel to Muay Thai training and is yoga a substitute?

If you have pains, go and see a professional medical practitioner: your GP (Doctor) or a physiotherapist that specialises in sports injuries. They should be able to tell you what you did and how to ...
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