Flexibility and Martial Arts
Posted: July 13, 2010
When many people think of martial arts, the first images that come to mind are those of high kicks and flying through the air. Because of this, many adults question whether or not they could ever do martial arts. Some think they can never be proficient due to their lack of flexibility, but this is simply not true.
First and foremost martial arts training is about self-protection, and self-improvement. Everyone needs to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones and everyone should strive to be better tomorrow than they are today.
I have met good martial artists that are confined to wheelchairs, and martial artists with other physical disabilities. What makes them great is their ability to work around their challenges to become proficient in self-protection and self-improvement.
So what does this mean to those that are reading this that aren’t flexible? First, it means that you don’t need to be extremely flexible to be good at self-protection. Secondly, it means that flexibility, like other attributes can be worked on and improved. (self-improvement)
In learning to work on flexibility, you are also learning how to improve your life. For instance, breaking the goal down into smaller steps, and creating a customized road-map to lead to success. This same process works for attaining any goal.
Therefore, when you think you aren’t able to do something. It is important to tackle it head-on and learn to overcome. That is the essence of self-improvement.
For those of you that wish to learn more about flexibility training, I have include this link to a great resource on stretching. It provides information about various kinds of stretching methods. I have included it for informational purposes. If you wish to apply these methods, please consult your doctor, instructor, or personal trainer. Some of the methods like PNF stretching can lead to injury if done incorrectly, or if you are too young to try them. So be smart and responsible and only due these methods under the care of someone qualified to teach you.