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I’m not a personal trainer but here is what has been found to work: daily, numerous repetitions of whatever you are trying to master using a perfect technique each time.
- For flexibility, stretch every day separate from class. From you instructor, yoga books and websites, or flexibility books and websites, find some core stretches. Warm-up first and then do the stretches. It takes some time, but things will begin to loosen. Overall, I was more flexible than my instructor, but he could perform higher, quicker, and more precise kicks than I could. Why? Because he performed, the kicking motions perfectly all day in slow motion while teaching.
- For leg and hip strength, use squats and pylometic jumping. To be stronger and better at anything, you must do it a lot. To be a stronger kicker, do many perfect kicks against a bag every day. Don’t worry about the height of the kick. Concentrate on perfection. Only kick as high as you can while performing a perfect kick. Height will come naturally has a product of the repetition.