Partner Assisted Sitting Hamstring Stretch

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Partner Assisted Sitting Hamstring Stretch - Martial Arts Stretching Exercise

This page provides details on a partner assisted hamstring stretch. This type of stretch is used in martial arts training programs and will help the height of your vertical kicks (i.e. an axe kick). Partner assisted stretches provided a deeper stretch than the standard static stretch. In this type of stretch, a partner GENTLY helps to push or pull a partner's limbs or body in order to maximize a stretch and improve overall flexibility. However, this type of stretch must be done slowly and responsibly in order to avoid potential injuries. Moreover, speak up & tell your partner to stop if the assisted stretch is starting to hurt.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For additional stretches, please visit the main Physical Fitness section.

Instructions for a Partner Assisted Sitting Hamstring Stretch

  • According to the Combatives - FM 3-25, "Sit on ground with right leg extended to front and foot pointing up.
  • Bend left leg with sole touching to inside of the right thigh.
  • Have buddy kneel behind you with his hands on your shoulders.
  • Slowly bend forward from hips over the right leg and reach your hands toward ankles until stretch is felt.
  • Hold this for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • The buddy then applies downward pressure and allows you to adjust your stretch.
  • Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and repeat.
  • Alternate legs and positions after two or three sequences.


Reference Sources

  1. Information from Public Domain Document, Combatives - FM 3-25.150 (FM 21-150),, Added - 08/07/15

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