Stretching For Speed

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Personal Stories by Don Alley

Hey everyone!

I want to share another quick training tip with you, today. I want to share the importance of stretching! Stretching is a key element to becoming faster as a  martial artist.  The more flexible you are, the faster you’ll be able to move. And obviously, the least likely you’ll be to actually injure yourself. But if you want to move faster, well, just get looser so that your body doesn’t have to work as hard against itself.

I can remember when I was training for fighting consistently. Some tournaments, I’d only fight once while in other tournaments I’d have to fight 8, 9, 10 fights in a row. There are ways to condition yourself to keep your endurance high but the easiest way to make sure that you’re not working as hard physically is to just stretch and get yourself in a looser physical state. Again, this way your body doesn’t have to work so hard against itself.

Get faster by stretching more. Take 10 or 15 minutes per day to stretch. One of my instructors used to say stretch three times a day for five minutes that way you’re always loose, always ready to go!

I hope this helps. See you in class!

P.S. Another great tip I’d like to suggest is to Videotape Your Moves For Improvement. You can catch that tip here!

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.