Okay I have always been very flexible. Ever since starting the Martial Sciences as a thirteen year old I have had great flexibility. I have always been able to do the full splits. However, I found once into my thirties though that I had to work harder to maintain that flexibility. Then into my forties I had to work even harder and so on up the age line. As we age if you wish to maintain your flexibility you are going to have to work at it. If you want to improve your flexibility you will have to work at it even more. There simply is no short cut. Stretching is really not my favorite thing to do. In the Martial Sciences there are a lot of things I would rather spend time on. Even so I try to stretch hard every other day and right before I begin I usually say some thing to myself like: “suck it up buttercup” and then I begin. The bottom line is if you want some thing you are going to have to work at it. As a youth I could kick just about anyone in the head without even warming up. As an aging adult I wouldn’t even think of that and I am still flexible. (ie. can do the full splits) As you age if you wish to maintain your flexibility you are going to have to work at it and realize that you are not a youth. Take your time and stretch slowly. Stretch in a comfortable manner with loose clothing and in a relaxed, slow manner. Understand that as you age you need to warm up before stretching and take your time while stretching. My goals over the years have changed from being able to kick as high as possible to just having good flexibility for life long health! That is why I stretch now because in a violent encounter I probably won’t kick above groin level and more than likely only into the legs. You see I understand now that my body is not interested in kicking someone in the head. Especially in a violent encounter where I had no time to warm up. As with all things in life you have to know your limitations!!!
See You On The Mats!
Brian R. VanCise
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