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What muscles need to be flexible to kick high for martial arts?

by admin on November 23, 2009

What muscles need to be flexible to kick high for martial arts? The martial art I do is Muay Thai and I want to be able to do a roundhouse to the neck… What muscles need to me flexible and what are some stretches?

It kinda depends on the kick a little.
For the common snap or front kick, the gluteus maximus (butt) and Biceps femoris (hamstring) are the most important for gaining height. To stretch your glutes you can do the stretch seen here:

http://www.apta.org/AM/Images/APTAIMAGES/ContentImages/PatientEducation/cyclingstretches/glute.jpg

For your biceps femoris the common hurdler’s or figure four stretch work well.

For a side or roundhouse kick. those same muscles need to be flexible but you also need to have flexible adductor muscles: the pectineus, adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, and gracilis. To simplify, its all the musces that are stationed on the inside of your leg. This will help to achieve a solid split to get your leg high in the air. The common split is a perfect stretch to become more flexible in this area. as well as the butterfly stretch.

Hope this helps. But remember. never sacrifice power for flash, another person’s head is so high.

Leg Stretches

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