Hello everyone and welcome back to the Rhetorical Roundhouse blog. School starts next week for most of us in higher education and, because of that, this has been a BUSY week. That said, I'm a couple days late on my blog for this week--for this, I apologize.
To make it up to you, I have some exciting new stretch videos to add to the stretch series I first presented last week. These are more stretches designed to help you progress in your open front splits, true front splits, and full side splits. Together with the right strength training for these muscle groups, you'll be able to kick vertically. (Did I mention you have to put in a LOT of work? That's the part I tend to struggle with...)
A note on these stretches: they not only target muscle groups that often go neglected in many martial arts schools, these stretches work toward flexibility with a method that you might not be accustomed to. Often, the stretches we learn for kicking ask us to pull our bodies into positions we may not be strong enough to hold. These stretches are designed to position your body in such a way that you can create leverage and tension with large muscle groups to stretch smaller one. That's why so many of these use what looks like a kind of "ratcheting" technique where you release and increase muscle tension. Ideally, this method helps you push your self while maintaining better muscle control and should result in less injury.
I don't have much else to say about this but I'm curious to hear your thoughts so be sure to comment here or on the Youtube page.
Tune in next week for a recap of my most recent Tae Kwon Do family reunion--I promise the videos won't disappoint!
As always, thank you for reading/watching :)