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To train for kicks, it is essential to stretch the hamstrings as much as possible. Some good exercises include:
- Placing your leg on a stretching bar, then grabbing that ankle and slowly pulling your torso forward until, optimally, you can touch your head to your knee or shin. Once you can do this easily, increase the height of the stretching bar.
- Sit with your legs stretched out to each side as far as possible and bend your torso first toward one knee and then toward the other, and finally down the middle. Next, you bring your legs together, place your palms on the ground, and lean forward.
- Practice while holding onto a stretching bar or chair. Then practice by kicking over the back of a chair.
- Stand upright and put one leg against a wall, then slowly inch your foot up the wall as your body adjusts to the pressure on the muscles being stretched.
- Since some kicks, such as the axe kick, are difficult to control it is unsafe to train with a partner, so it is best to train using a focus mitt.
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