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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Best Martial Art Exercises for Flexibility

Wing Chun is not only about self-defense, but also training students to increase their endurance and strength. At Burbank Wing Chun, students warm up and stretch for 5 minutes at the beginning of each class. Here are a few exercises to try at home to increase your flexibility:

- Stretch Kicks -
  1. Extend your right arm out and over your head.
  2. Kick your left foot up to the palm of your left hand 10 times.
  3. Repeat this drill on the opposite side by kicking your right foot to the palm of your left hand.
- Splits -
  1. Go into splits as low as you comfortably can and hold your position for 60 seconds.
  2. Practice splits twice a day and try to go lower each time until you're able to do the splits completely and comfortably.
- Bow & Arrow Stance - 
  1. Spread your legs apart and squat down until your knees are at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Shift your weight to the right while extending your left leg. Hold 60 seconds.
  3. Shift your weight to the left side next while extending your right leg. Hold 60 seconds.
  4. You may also repeat this motion back and forth fairly quickly while keeping your feet in place for a more dynamic exercise.
Now that you're all warmed up, check out these Wing Chun tutorial training videos from Sifu Tei and his instructors!