This section provides details on a wide variety of yoga stretches and exercises used to improve martial arts flexibility, balance and/or for strength training (esp. core strength). Improved flexibility increases the range of your kicks, punches and grappling techniques as well as reduces the potential for over-extension injuries (i.e. hamstring pulls). Improved core strength increases kicking power, punching power and grappling & submission strength.
Yoga is an ancient Indian fitness system that has been used for many years to improve the flexibility of elite athletes and to supplement traditional stretching techniques. According to WebMD, "In one study, people improved their flexibility by up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga". Moreover, since you must maintain a yoga pose for a length of time, yoga is also beneficial for improved balance, coordination, core strength, leg strength, etc. Furthermore, many martial artists use yoga for meditation, enhancing focus and stress relief. Yoga is also useful for older martial artists who want to supplement their martial arts training with greater flexibility drills in order to avoid age-related stiffness.
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. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For additional stretches and flexibility exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Stretching section.
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