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I trained this is the Chinese system when I was in my 20's extensively, and less with each decade. I regret the loss of some of the flexibility, so I might work back toward greater, because it's really optimal if someone, for instance, gets your leg. But it's exponentially harder to get my leg than it was when I was in my 20's. Joints can be a problem—you'...


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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 through a full ROM). It is also not necessarily going to impact your ability to kick to certain heights. As a personal anecdote, I am 5'9", cannot achieve ...


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