Toy Soldier Stretch - Martial Arts Stretching Technique

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Toy Soldier Stretch - Martial Arts Stretching Technique

This page provides details for the dynamic stretch known as Toy Soldier Stretch. This stretch is also known as the Toy Soldiers March, Frankenstein Walk, etc. This exercise gets its name from the 1934 movie "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (Babes in Toyland) with Laurel and Hardy.

This dynamic stretch is used by martial arts students in order to stretch their legs, warm-up their lower body and achieve higher kicks (i.e. axe kicks). The Toy Soldier stretch works on areas such as hips, hamstrings, glutes, etc. In contrast to traditional static stretches, dynamic stretches involve smooth and steady movement within a natural range of motion in order to warm-up muscles and tendons. These are not ballistic stretches. All stretches should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized.

For additional stretches and exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Stretches, Dynamic Stretches and Yoga for Martial Arts sections.

Written Instructions for Toy Soldier Stretch

  • Walk forward
  • Keep your legs straight
  • Try to kick your leg up while your opposite hand swings out
  • Do not over extend on this stretch

Dynamic Stretch - Toy Soldier Stretch (walking version)

Dynamic Stretch - Toy Soldier Stretch (stationary version)


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