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Old 06-22-2010, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How can i improve the height of my kicks?
Any stretches that will improve this?
How long should i stretch for?
How long shuld it take to see improvements ?
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stretch before you work out to warm up and prevent injuries, stretch AFTER your workouts to gain flexibility. You don't need to go crazy, just do it for 10-15 minutes after each workout. You'll see improvements quickly.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a stretching regimen where I use my stairway in the basement.

I have heard of putting your leg on a table where your heel is on the table-surface and then leaning over and touching your toes. I do this but on the stairway.

I start the workout at the height of 4-steps then work to 4.5 where the heel is halfway in on the 5th step then go to the back which is 5th step.

I hold the stretch for 45-second to 120-second.

I'll do the same for a stairway split.

Within roughly a month's time, I have been praised by my chiropractor. When I started seeing the chiropractor about 6 months back, I could barely straighten my leg without the hamstring and quad hurting.

Now I can straigthen it up without pain.

Butterfly stretches are good.

what sort of quad stretches do you work on?
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I am not sure of the names but i hav started to do a wide variation of stretches for mi legs. Thanks for the information above will it help improve the height i can kick ?
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The stair-stretching should help with it.

Can you tell me how tall you are?

For me I stand at 5 foot 9 inch, and I can strike about 6 inches above my head.

To be honest it really boils down to technique and stretching.

Also what sort of head-strike are you looking to employ a roundhouse? switch-kick? axe kicks?

Plus you need to also realize if you want power you need to be able to focus all of your body into the strike, if you can reach 6 foot 5 inch and not put anything behind it there is no purpose even going that high.

For me if I can strike at 6' 2" I'll be doing good, I don't necessarily want head-strikes as a main weapon only as a good distraction.
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If you want to chamber your strikes practice thrusting your striking legs up to your chest so your quad is perpendicular to the chest-wall.

From there you should work on rolling your hip over for most roundhouse-strikes.

When you are doing your knee rising your foot should be pointed away from you...toes upwards if that helps.

When you roll the hip you want to rotate it so when the strike lands your right foot forms an L.

If you want a head shot land with the instep if you please, for me I will focus solely on the point where the shin meets the ankle. This in the end will give you less reach but greater potential for damage to the face.

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I am also about 5ft 9 i can strike at mi own head height.
I am looking to use the roundhouse, and i also want to use it as a distraction, and a weapon i can use on rare occasions.
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There are several varieties of stretches you can do. luger0 explained several of them. Here are a couple more that have worked for me:

Leg extentions: Put both feet forward approx. 4 inches apart while sitting on the ground. Keep your feet parallel and reach for your toes. wrap your fingertips around your toes, and walk your fingers down your foot. Keep doing this as an after-workout stretch until your wrist is at toe level. At that point it becomes a maintenance workout.

Modified Splits: Spread your legs as far out in both directions as you can while seated in the same position as the butterfly stretch. Scoot forward several inches while digging your heels into the ground. This forces the truck forward stretching the tendons on the inside of the pelvis, also, as you become more adept at this begin pressing your elbows into the ground in front of you to further loosen the pelvis. Also, stretch left and right cupping the ball o fyour right foot with your right hand, and vice versa with the left, this stretches the lateral muscles as well as further stretches the backs of the upper/lower legs. This is another post workout stretch. Butterfly is a great pre-workout stretch of similar effect.

Chinese Splits: Instead of stretching left and right, you stretch front and back. Slide one leg forward, the other backwards. Hold youself up above the ground with both arms, one on either side of your front leg. Your shin, and your calf should be on the ground, as well as your arms holding you up. This is a pre-workout stretch. To perform the post-workout version, slowly lower your body down onto the front and back of your respective thighs. Lower yourself only until it hurts, anymore and you risk tearing something. Both versions stretch the front/back/outside of the thigh.

These are just a few additions to what has already been brought up. Be careful trying any new streches and good luck man!
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