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Liquidtrial 03-31-2009 05:01 AM

Kicking development
After doing boxing for two years and stopping for almost a year I decided it was time to get back into the game this time with kick boxing. I however was disappointed in my flexibility as a kicker. I cannot kick high at all, and it seems as if my knee does not want to straighten out my leg the higher I go. By this I mean if I was attempting to kick my own chest I cannot get my leg to straighten out completely like / instead it remains looking like < but better then that.

I also found that my general flexibility is pathetic at best. I am as a whole thoroughly disappointed with my ability to kick, and I do not wish to remain strictly a boxer for all time. I have for a few days now been doing static and dynamic stretching. Static stretching makes sense to me. But I think I need a better explanation of dynamic stretching because my understanding is that I am supposed to complete the motion I want like a front kick but just slowly without holding it and repeatedly.

What do I do? At this moment I cannot even touch my toes. my kicks have slightly improved but I cannot seem to get my leg to fully extend unless I am kicking below the belt. My highest kick would land just below the chest of an average man and it would not be effective because I cannot get that snapping motion out of my leg because i cannot fully extend.

Does everyone start here or am I inherently no good at kicking and genetically no good for it? I want to keep a log of how high I can kick but I don't even want to do that till I can extend my leg. Any suggestions?

CFT_Ian 03-31-2009 12:29 PM

Streches dude, lots of stretching.
If you aren't naturally flexible just stretch every day, when ever you can, as often as you can.

It may not be an overnight thing but you will eventually be able to rock the headkicks and anything else. Just gotta work on those stretches.

Ask your instructor what stretches they would recommend for it, and keep at them.

swpthleg 03-31-2009 11:28 PM

You can always improve flexibility over time. My flexibility has improved greatly since I started martial arts about 4 years ago.

Make sure to stretch before AND after you work out. stretching after will help with muscle recovery.

Hurdler's stretches will help, also a forward bend, really any stretch that you would do if you were going to run, play soccer or football, anything where you use your legs a lot.

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