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Instructions for Taekwondo Stretching Techniques
Here are Taekwondo stretching exercises that you can use to improve your flexibility and hopefully reduce potential injuries (i.e. a strained hamstring) that might occur during your Taekwondo class. You should stretch for at least 10 minutes before Taekwondo. You should also stretch after Taekwondo when your body is warmed up & limber in order to maximize your flexibility. Remember do not bounce when you stretch, do each Taekwondo stretch slowly and do not try to stretch beyond your body's limit (i.e. stop if a stretch hurts). In addition, you should always see a doctor before starting any strenuous exercise program!
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My Personal Stretching & Warm-Up Routine
Here is my personal 10-15 minute Taekwondo stretching routine used in the beginning of our Taekwondo classes. It focuses on warming up your muscles & tendons and stretching most of your body in order to prevent injuries and improve flexibility. This page was designed to illustrate a typical stretching session for new Taekwondo students and to give some stretching ideas for more experienced Taekwondo students. You should spend at least 20-30 seconds on each stretch (don't rush because a five second stretch doesn't help anyone). Also remember to change things up frequently so your classmates/students don't get bored with the same old stretching routine!
Warm Up - Take 2-3 minutes to slowly warm up your muscles, loosen your joints and boost your heart rate. Also "cold" muscles/tendons can be more easily injured during stretching.
Mid-Session Torture… um, I mean… Strengthening Section :) - This segment adds some variety and fun into the stretching session and gets people talking & laughing… or is that cursing?
Cool Down - Allows your classmates/students to catch their breath before the "real" class begins. It also signals the instructor that the stretching session is coming to an end (so he/she had better get ready to lead the class).
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