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Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8
EAN: 9781880336830
ISBN: 1880336839
Label: Turtle Press
Manufacturer: Turtle Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2004-01-10
Publisher: Turtle Press
Studio: Turtle Press

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Editorial Reviews:

Ultimate Flexibility is the book you've been waiting for. More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, Ultimate Flexibility is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice.

Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H. Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. You'll also find information that you wont find in any other martial art book, including a detailed exploration of how your body works for or against you in your training and how flexibility can make you stronger and faster.

Building on this foundation, Sang H. Kim teaches you nearly 200 flexibility exercises that he has personally used to achieve the highest levels of flexibility. You'l get detailed instructions, workout planning guides, goal setting tips, difficulty levels, injury prevention and recovery, and over 400 photos to guide you. Special bonus sections: 10 Tips for Full Splits, 20 Tips for High Kicks and 10 workouts for specific martial art types.

Includes Exercises and Workouts for:

Core Workout
Warm Up
Cool Down
Light Contact
Full Contact
Grappling
Mixed Martial Arts
Boxing
Weapons
High Kicks
Splits


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Essential book for all exercise enthusiasts
Comment: Most of us who love fitness and exercise know stretching is important, but give it too little attention. This book not only gives you a clear understanding of how your muscles work with regard to stretching, it gives a comprehensive stretching program that you can integrate easily into your workouts and at home. I was impressed with how much I learned. This book is a must have for all exercise enthusiasts and fitness professionals.

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Summary: A Very Good Book On The Subject
Comment: I have several different books on stretching and flexibility training in my library, and I am very proud to say that Ultimate Flexibility by Sang H. Kim is one of them. Here are the others that I also have in my library.

Stretching: 20th Anniversary (Stretching)
Stretching Anatomy
Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training (4th Revision ed)
Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension
Super Joints: Russian Longevity Secrets for Pain-Free Movement, Maximum Mobility & Flexible Strength

I was very impressed with the layout and material that was provided in this book. Very well thought out and presented. Now that isn't to say that there weren't some questionable items included, or that the book was absolutely perfect, but it is pretty darn close.

Since the primary target audience for this book is the martial artist, everything demonstrated and talked about in this book is geared towards the martial artist, although these stretches would be beneficial to any athletic activity.

I have been a practicing martial artist for over 25 years and have had all those years of experience in actively practicing and teaching various stretching and flexibility techniques and exercises. And, I still learned quite a bit about stretching from reading this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone practicing any form of martial art regardless of age or physical condition. If you follow the instructions provided in this book, I don't see how you could not do anything but improve upon your own flexibility.

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: DVD Is Better
Comment: This book has a lot of different stretches in it but nothing tageted towards specific movements. I need to improve my Side Kick height but I can't really gather from the book what I should focus on. I also bought the DVD which has some workouts and is a better deal.

If you really want to work on your splits you should buy "Stretching Scientifically". That book is awesome and I must say very painful but the results are fantastic. It also explains exactly how all the muscles interact and how some of the strecthes in "Ultimate Flexability" are actually doing you more harm than good.

Bill 2nd Dan Black Belt TKD

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Summary: Well written
Comment: I was quite surprised with all of the information in this book. Easy to read with very clear explanations. You don't need to be a martial artist to also appreciate this book.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Could be better
Comment: I have 5 books on stretching, and this one takes second place. It has an abundance of exercises and programs but I feel as though I will only ever use a handful of these exercises. It seems like Dr.Kim has foused on quantity over quality in this book.


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