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How to Do Basic Taekwondo Standing Stretches

Learn how to do basic standing stretches from taekwondo expert Jason Ok in this Howcast video.

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I'm going to be showing you guys some of the basic stretches and warm ups while standing up. We're going to have our fingers together like this, and we're going to stretch up your fingers. So I like to maybe count, maybe 10 times each side and switch it, so I'm going to demonstrate. We're going to go one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Now you guys can keep going until you feel stretched out.

OK, now I like to stretch my shoulders. I like to put my arms across, one, and squeeze, and kind of turn your upper body and, again, count about four to eight counts each side, and you could do that as much as you want. One, two, three, four. Now we're going to stretch our tricep, one, hold it like this, and again, lean to the side a little bit, press your elbows down, and we're going to go one, two, three, four, and the other side, two, two, three, and four.

OK, we would like to rotate our shoulders, we're going to go up, and we're going to go one, two, three, four, swing it, five, six, seven, eight. I like to do a side to side stretches, so we're going to put our fists like this. We're going to go one, two, and bring it, swing it back two, three, four, five, six, seven, and eight.

Now the next exercise is called the windmill, windmill exercise. We're going to go have your hands up in the ceiling, and we're going to touch one and two, try to touch your hands and your feet like this way, crisscross, that way. Again, I like to do maybe 10 to 30 times. We're going to go one, two, three, four, and so on.

Now the next stretch that we're going to do is we're going to put our knees together. We're going to have our hands on our knees, and we're going to go down and up. So we're going to go one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. This is very important, because Taekwondo does a lot of snap kicks, so you need to make sure your knees are warmed up. Now I like to turn my knees, one. Do the other side, two.

Now open your legs, with our shoulders apart, keep one leg straight. So one, stretch down, and other side, two. Now we're going to go for a deeper stretch. We're going to go down, one, and switch to the other side, two. If you guys have a little trouble doing this stretch, use your hands, it's OK. So again, one, using your hands, and two, and up. So I would normally hold each stretches maybe about 10 to 30, so even a minute, depending on you. So these are some of the basic warm up stretches in Taekwondo.

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