Shaolin Kung Fu Stretches & Moves : Side Stretch for Shaolin Kung Fu

Now let me introduce you to the second stretch,
side stretch. I’m going to show you three different ways how you can perform a side
stretch. And, of course practicing side stretch regularly will enable you to build a more
flexible hamstring. And, of course you can do the splits in the future. Ok. So, let’s
get on with the side stretch. One, same as the forward stretch. The only difference than
the forward is your bending your body to the side. Two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten.
Switch sides. One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten. To challenge yourself a little bit more, you’re
going to cross arms and touch your toes. One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten. Switch. One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten.
The third way I
do a side stretch, is go down all the way into a lunge. Then press, one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten.
Switch sides. One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten. Same thing. Now, you can pull your toes up.
One-two-three. Put both hands on your knees. One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight. Switch.
One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the side stretch.

21 thoughts on “Shaolin Kung Fu Stretches & Moves : Side Stretch for Shaolin Kung Fu

  1. lol easy bouncing just feels like I'm stretching my muscles i have no trouble doing it what so ever don't know what you lot are so worried about if you don't like it and you are scared simple don't do it and don't complain

  2. I don't think bouncing is the best way, but it could get you better flexibility quicker.

    Think of it like a rubber band.

    If you gradually stretch it out, it will take a lot longer to become looser or 'more flexible'. But if you stretch it via bouncing, you stretch it out a lot quicker.

    However, you run the risk of snapping it in half. haha

    So it's up to you personally whether the risk is worth it.

  3. Shaolin do both slow and fast stretches. The main factor that separates Shaolin Monks from normal people is the fact that they're not afraid to get hurt. The muscles may be of risk of snapping like rubber bands, but unlike rubber bands, they heal. Shaolin Monks are masters of the healing arts after all.

  4. @ibrilliantthunderi depends how old the rubber band is, even if never stretched an old rubber band snaps way faster than a new one
    if you look at it this way, me at 17 years age should have less risk doing this than a 30 year old?
    i think you should start at age 10 with light stretching, only light and the trough puberty continue to do so, and no strength training cus it halts the growing process
    a friend and my brother did a lot of strength training like push ups, and both are kinda short

  5. Not even showing you foot placement! Pretty important stuff man! Still though…I don't see very many other Kung Fu instructors putting stuff up here for people! Nice job! Nice work. I really loved your Butterfly kick!

  6. @cloppa People's muscles can withstand bounces in safer positions, just not at their most extreme position.

    Obviously very strong people can withstand bounces, but that doesn't make bouncing the ideal form of training. The problem is that the forces involved are harder to measure. For example, if you wanted to strengthen a suspended side split, it is more consistent to hold for longer periods of time, or to hold a weight in your hands. Bouncing forces are not as safe.

  7. @gamrage More likely they do a lot of massage, relaxed stretching, and prolonged isometric strengthening (lunging, horse stance) which makes the muscles resistance to injury. Getting hurt is not a necessary part of things. The discomfort they experience is fatigue from training the muscles, not RIP & TEAR ala Doom.

  8. @killahkaii Pulling the muscles to a greater length is what stretching is, and muscles can not pull without pulling on tendons which attach them to bones.

    Ligaments are torn when joints deform, they would not be stressed with proper form.

  9. @cloppa Seriously. When I was young, ballistic stretches were what I was taught. I didn't end up cripple… I'm actually quite flexible.

  10. @cloppa
    ugh thank you. finally someone with a brain. all i hear at every gym i go to is "bouncing is bad, and you must do it exactly as we do because all other methods are invalid!!!" this is why i hate gyms full of muscleheads.

  11. @Loosekonnection
    this is the way they pratice their stretches. its what helps them do a no han carwheel. that is a carwheel without han.
    this is simply their method of stretching

  12. Now I see why my friends, who practice Kung Fu, bounce on these stretches when they come to the gym! I get angry at them and also tell them NOT to bounce–heck, I had to yell at some of them because they keep doing it. BUT, after seeing your video, I notice that it's a gentle, controlled "bounce" of only a few inches. Obviously, you've been doing this for many years and you are quite a knowledgable (and flexible) instructor. Thanks so much for clearing this up for me; they can "bounce" now. >:o)

  13. @Iuksss Yeah that's a pretty stupid comment to make being he isn't holding by seconds but by reps. You should change your sn to lukass because you just made a huge one of yourself :l

  14. Thanks a lot for your support i was searching for it for long time finally i got what i want.i wish you will continue doing this great job.its really helpful for us.

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