Category Archives: Taekwondo Stretching

Taekwondo Flexibility 101 – PNF Stretching

Tae Kwon Do SplitsRecall from our previous article [Taekwondo Flexibility 101 – Factors Affecting Stretching] about the science of flexibility I briefly touched on PNF stretching.

To recap Proprioceptors are special sensory receptors located within muscles, joints and tendons which are sensitive to pressure and tension and relay information to the central nervous system (CNS) via sensory and motor neurons.

Recall intrafusal muscle fibres or muscle spindles are proprioceptors which provide information about muscle length. Golgi tendon organs (GTO) are proprioceptors which are located within the tendon and are activated when muscle tension increases.
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Taekwondo Flexibility 101 – Factors Affecting Stretching

Taekwondo StretchingThere are many different factors that affect stretching and flexibility in Taekwondo.

One of the main things I see as a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) and Taekwondo coach is different levels of flexibility. Some kids, as soon as they enter the gym, can stretch right down into box splits. Others have to train for years to barely touch their toes.
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Taekwondo Stretching 101

Tae Kwon Do SplitsI have been giving a lot of thought about how to approach the subject of the science behind stretching and flexibility. There is a whole wealth of information readily available on the subject of stretching and flexibility but it can be way too saturated and weighed down at times with information that athletes and coaches don’t really need to know about. At the end of the day all you guys want to know is how to get more flexible as quickly as possible!

As mentioned in a previous article static, active and dynamic forms of flexibility are all elements which are important to a Taekwondo athlete. A great example of this is the dollyo chagi or turning kick where the muscles of the supporting leg are stretched statically whilst the muscles of the kicking leg are rotated dynamically and actively held. The whole goal is to increase the Range Of Motion (ROM) within the body – to kick people in head!

So what exactly happens when we stretch?
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