Stretch Your Mind and Body

Be completely enthusiastic and motivated.

It doesn’t matter if you do not have the best flexibility, in order to accomplish your goals, be completely enthusiastic and motivated.

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Are you stiff?

It doesn’t matter if you do not have the best flexibility, in order to accomplish your goals, be completely enthusiastic and motivated. And do the routine whenever wherever if it’s possible with your best effort.

What is stretching.

Stretching is form of physical exercise that group of muscle is intentionally stretched in order to increase flexibility and range of motion. Needless to say it is strongly recommended to all practitioners to stretch before and after training session in order to reduce risk of injury and increase to maximum performance.

What is Static and dynamic stretching.

Static (Passive) stretching is one of my favorable stretching, it means that you perform the stretch while your body is at rest by gradually extending a muscle until you feel little of pain, you know no pain, no gain but must not exceed your own limitations, and hold that position for 30 seconds. And let’s say if you can hold a lot more than that, I guess you are ready to go little further even though you feel little of discomfort. During or after stretch, you may feel a bit of pain, but it is quite normal unless you feel a lot of pain. As you do stretch on regular basis it will allow the muscle to relax and to be stretched to further more while reduces the sensitivity of your muscle. But, I want you to always remember if you don’t perform stretching correctly it can be dangerous too. In opposite of static stretching, there is a stretching called dynamic stretching. It is a type of stretching while moving. This stretches not only stretches the muscles, but prepares the muscles for the actual performance during the action and also help you increases blood flow by warming them up, for example when we stretch our hamstring preparing for the axe kick by swing a leg straight up and down gradually increase the height with little forceful acceleration. In my axe kick tutorial, I demonstrated how to be done. But once again, it is very important to know your limitation and not use too much jerky, forced movement. I usually perform this after complete the static stretching routine.

So my training session begins and ends like in this order;

  1. Static stretching.
  2. Dynamic stretching.
  3. Main training session.
  4. Resistance training.
  5. Static stretching.

Both types of stretching techniques help you to gain flexibility and reduce injury during or after exercise.
It doesn’t matter if you do not have the best flexibility, in order to accomplish your goals, be completely enthusiastic and motivated. And do the routine whenever wherever if it’s possible with your best effort.

Lastly, I get questions like “How to become flexible fast.”
Well I wish I know the answers but like I mention it earlier “No pain, No gain.”
I think as much pain you get, you get flexible.
Good Luck!

 Master Woo

Video tutorials

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One of the most standard stretching routine on sitting position. Even you can do the whole routine while watching your favarite movie on living room.

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Complete stretching routine from standing position.

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aFocus on keeping your balance rather than height for this exercise. This exercise will help you to complete your kicks much more coordinated and in balance.

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You can use anything that is around you such as kicking back or even on door frame. Find anything that can help you to get flexble.

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Added couple more moves in the routine on standing and sitting. Filmed while my sister visted me from Korea.

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More advanced movements in the routine of Yoga. Some of movements are quite challening but don't worry all you need to do is your best!

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Common rolling exercise in Taekwondo training. Included forward, Backward, Hand Stand Roll, Back Extension in demo.

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By doing this exercise you will learn how to use momentum regardless level of flexibility to complete some of streching exercise.

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Essential stretching movement on all type of physical exercise. By following the routine you will be able to build ability to complete gradually.

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Any kind of hook kick or especially on doing side kick this is one most important stretching exercise. Often it starts on simple and easy exercise.

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How far can you go? This is my son Kenneth, check him out what he can do and get motivated.

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Here is my little advice on the question that I get quite often.

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Often beginner students complain about the pain on the elbow joint from the practice of punching or stricking. Here is the fact on that matter you must know to prevent the injury.

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Accompany with center split huddler stretch is the one of the best option on improving hook kick and side kick.

Standard Warm-up Routine

1.Jumping Jacks
2.Knee rotations
3.Knee joint stretches
4.Standing short stretches
5.Standing long stretches
6.Front Stance stretches
8.Hip rotations

9.Shoulder rotations
10.Side stretches
11.Windmill stretches
12.Waist rotations
13.Neck rotations
14.Wrist & Ankle rotations
15.Hamstring stretch
16.Ankle rotations (L)

17.Knee extension (L)
18.Huddler’s stretches (Forward-L)
19.Huddler’s stretches (Sideway-L)
20.Waist stretches (L)
21.Side Kick stretches (L)
22.Ankle rotations (R)
23.Knee extension (R)
24.Huddler’s stretches (Forward-R)

25.Huddler’s stretches (Sideway-R)
26.Waist stretches (R)
27.Side Kick stretches (R)
28.Butterfly stretch
29.Butterfly stretch (Forward)
30.Straddle split (side to side)
31.Straddle split (Forward)
32.Jumping Jacks

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