Seated Straddle Splits with Wall Assist - Martial Arts Flexibility

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Seated Straddle Splits with Wall Assist - Martial Arts Flexibility

Martial artists often practice side splits where their legs are fully extended to the left and right of the body. This technique is often used in order to achieve higher kicks that involve lateral movement (i.e. a roundhouse kick to an opponent's head). Side splits should not be confused with front or forward splits. Front splits are often used to achieve higher vertical kicks such as the axe kick.

Many martial artists have trouble with side splits and can only spread their legs in a narrow V shape (versus fully extending their legs). Therefore, martial artists practice seated straddle splits against a wall in order to improve flexibility. They are seated facing a wall, spread their legs as wide as possible and have their feet braced against the wall. While remaining seated, they inch forward towards the wall in order to use the resistance of the wall to widen their split. However, this is done very slowly in order to avoid injury (i.e. excess pressure on the knees). An alternate method used by martial artists is "gravity assisted" wall splits.

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