Best Flexibility Exercises or Yoga Postures for Martial Arts?

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03 Jun 2018 23:01 #322284 by TheDude
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I have been focusing on my health over the past few months, quit smoking and have been jogging, lifting weights, and doing bodyweight exercises 6 days a week. I am already feeling much stronger and healthier than I did three months ago, so I've decided to resume training in martial arts. My problem is that I'm not very flexible. I'm not inflexible -- I can kick at about chest height comfortably -- but there is a lot of room for improvement, and I'd like to improve with maximal efficacy.

Is there a set of stretches you would suggest to supplement weight training and martial arts classes? Or a set of yoga postures that would help with flexibility for martial arts?

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04 Jun 2018 01:25 #322290 by Adder
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Pole dancing? :D
But seriously, in regards to yoga.. perhaps google 'hip openers' or 'hip opening' asanas to have a look ways they work the set of muscles spanning across legs and back through the hips for better flexibility.

I'm not qualified to give advice, but my layman opinion is;

Don't over-do it.
Do do both sides and focus on the whole body from the spine for all events, and adjust the format to suit individual limitations/progress in support of safe progress over forcing oneself too much, hydrate obviously, and avoid injury.

If you cannot already tough your toes with a straight back, then I'd start with learning how to hold ones spine and neck straight on ones hips while standing walking and sitting, and then just work on stretching out the legs by bending over.
This can help, build strength in the lower back in support of stretching the legs, Anjaneyasana


If you can already, Virabhadrasana's are aptly named 'warrior poses'


And from then a good go to for warming up the focus on existing flexibility is the Salutation to the Sun, which is a well known and long standing combination of various asanas.

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04 Jun 2018 01:31 #322291 by thomaswfaulkner
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I've used this to help open my hips and loosen my glutes to painfully attempt to sit in the lotus.

This looks super easy, but man do you feel that stretch. You'll be doing the can-can kicks above your head in no time. :lol:

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