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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-16-2007, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Flexibility?

Not really sure if I should be posting this in here or the grappling section, but whatever. Anyways, my question is simple, what are some good ways to improve flexibility? I already stretch every morning before whatever, but what things can REALLY improve my flexibility? Is it mostly natural, or can you LEARN to be flexibile? Thanks in advance




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This came uo just recently. The answer is, yes, you can learn to be as flexible as B.J. Penn. Iyengar yoga or Ashtanga yoga is the best way. Ashtanga is good for strength, aerobic and balance, too. Check out this video- the main guy is amazing:

YouTube - ashtanga yoga demo

It takes a few minutes to get going... apologies for the Indian music...
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This came uo just recently. The answer is, yes, you can learn to be as flexible as B.J. Penn. Iyengar yoga or Ashtanga yoga is the best way. Ashtanga is good for strength, aerobic and balance, too. Check out this video- the main guy is amazing:

YouTube - ashtanga yoga demo

It takes a few minutes to get going... apologies for the Indian music...
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theres also a 30 minute yoga show every morning on one of the womens channel. I think its Oxygen... or it could be lifetime.

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There are branches of yoga the focuses on increasing strength and flexability. I would suggest looking around your town for a good yoga class. If it doesn't, think of it this way, you can meet some hot chicks in the class.
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One of the guys at my gym is a licensed yoga instructor. He is also sneeky as shit in Jiu-Jitsu also. It does help.

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i started out not being able to throw a kick higher than my stomach, now i can put my foot behind my head easy. So it can be done

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i started out not being able to throw a kick higher than my stomach, now i can put my foot behind my head easy. So it can be done
And what did you do to improve?
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Baaaaack in the day when I started karate, I would stretch like CRAZY for a half an hour before class. I never really got much more flexible. Then someone told me to stretch out a little before, and spend my extra half-hour stretching AFTER class. It worked like a charm. side-splits, front-splits, and I had a friend who was a little over 7' tall - and I could kick him in the face.

Now, after too many years of sitting on my can, I can't even do front-splits, and can barely set my foot on a 5'6 cubicle wall to stretch.
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Baaaaack in the day when I started karate, I would stretch like CRAZY for a half an hour before class. I never really got much more flexible. Then someone told me to stretch out a little before, and spend my extra half-hour stretching AFTER class. It worked like a charm. side-splits, front-splits, and I had a friend who was a little over 7' tall - and I could kick him in the face.

Now, after too many years of sitting on my can, I can't even do front-splits, and can barely set my foot on a 5'6 cubicle wall to stretch.
Ya, stretching AFTER training as opposed to before is a pretty well-known tool, I didn't realise it til recently though




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