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The Requirements of an Effective Martial Arts Stretching Routine – Part 1

by Donald Borah on August 9, 2010

Welcome to part one of our two part series outlining the necessary components to help you design the most effective martial arts stretching routine.

To gain proficiency in any style of martial art you must have the flexibility to perform the techniques at an extended range of motion without effort. Flexibility, focus, and strength are the keys to graceful power needed for gaining skill in the martial arts. It is true that some people have a genetic predisposition towards flexibility but an advanced modern martial arts stretching routine will permit any student much quicker progress in their flexibility. I congratulate you on the decision to expand your effectiveness in your martial art if you are dedicated to increasing your flexibility. Whether you are a beginner, an experienced practitioner, or even a grandmaster, you will certainly benefit from increasing your effective range of motion using scientific flexibility stretches and modern martial arts stretching techniques.

You most likely fall into one of the three following categories If you have an interest in increasing your flexibility; a novice who is just starting out and would like to progress as quickly as possible, an experienced martial artist who wants to advance to an even higher level, or an elite martial artist who is trying to gain every advantage when it comes to performance.

Knowing the quickest and safest ways to increase your body’s flexibility, and more importantly knowing how to overcome the limitations that your central nervous system’s stretch reflex presents to positions beyond your current comfort level of extended motion is the secret to reaching your flexibility goals safely and quickly.

Almost all traditional methods of martial arts stretching are slow, tedious and painful, and often may even be dangerous and ineffective. Conventional stretching routines which simply attempt to physically elongate muscles and connective tissues are just not as effective as modern proven techniques to re-program your neuromuscular software along with lengthening your muscles.

If you wish to make extreme rapid progress you must have a well designed stretching routine. The most effective programs consist of light morning stretching workouts, light evening stretching workouts, and intense main workouts. This sounds like a lot but an aggressive schedule like this increase your flexibility in one half to one fourth the time (or even less) o a less dedicated program. Once you have attained a sufficient degree of flexibility the workout schedule will lighten considerably.

Morning and evening stretches should be made up of active stretches and general loosening methods. This is no time for intense passive stretching, isometric or PNF stretches. The morning routines should be performed before breakfast, it is not good to stretch on a full stomach. Your blood supply should be concentrating on digestion or physical activity but not both at the same time. The evening stretching should be performed an hour or more after supper but at least an hour before bedtime. Both the morning and evening routines should be performed six days a week but be fairly brief, fifteen to thirty minutes each.

In part two of this series we will explain the requirements of the main part of your martial arts stretching program.

I hope you will take advantage of the full benefits of these methods to increase the efficiency of your stretching routine and your progress in the martial arts.

And I invite you to visit MartialArtsStretching.com to complete your knowledge of the martial arts stretching methods, routines and applications needed to rapidly increase your flexibility to the point of performing effortless technique.

From Donald Borah – The Martial Arts Stretching Master and MartialArtsStretching.com

Author: Donald Borah
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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