best way to gain flexibility in your legs?

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  1. DI99

    DI99 Brown Belt

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    just looking for suggestions for leg workouts/stretches or anything like that to gain flexibility in your legs.

    ive been working on the rubber guard alot and i always use it when im rolling/doing bjj, im tall and have long legs so getting the rubber guard and maintaining the position is no problem at all. i just find that people that are alot stronger than me can posture a bit too easily and break it.

    would more work on flexibility help this? or should i just work on getting stronger and better techniques to keep my opponent down better?
     
  2. silvasurfer5253

    silvasurfer5253 Purple Belt

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    Type it into youtube. "Stretches for Guard", or "Stretching for bjj" . I've made some huge gains in the past month. Granted I've been stretching for the past year, but my hips have opened up a lot in the past month.
     
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    Also, another thing that has helped me, is when ever I encounter a position or problem while rolling, is going to youtube when I get home. The data base for bjj techniques is huge. I know some of it isn't the best, but you'd be hard pressed to find a larger collection of free technical advice. I'd look up Rubber guard positions to make sure you're applying them correctly. I know I wasn't, but when they showed the proper techniques it was easy to see where I was making mistakes (like not hugging my knee). Hope this helps.
     
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    IDK??? I all ways looked at the rubber gaurd as a fighting gaurd to kick some off you or keep them away.......I cant rember to many realy good subs being set up witht the rubber gaurd.....
     
  5. DI99

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    yeah i made that mistake too at first, my instructor told me though and now ive got it down pretty good, and i also looked at some of eddie bravo's stuff on youtube, helps alot.
    i think my biggest problem though, is that my body is naturally good for it considering i have long legs and im tall, and im using that too much to my advantage instead of working on my flexibility to make it even better
     
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    im sure eddie bravo would disagree with that lol..
    but regardless, i never said anything about using it to set up submissions, i just said how im looking for tips on flexibility in the legs which yes could also help my rubber guard. whether its for subs or transitions or just stalling, i love using it and find it very controlling
     
  7. DrHogan

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    Probably a stupid question but; are you sure you're doing it right?
     
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  8. DI99

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    the rubber guard? yes lol, im doing it right, been workin on it for a while and my instructor is pretty good at it, like i said i can get the position very easily and maintain it, so that isnt a problem, its just when strong people posture up and i eventually lose it.
    and like i also said, it could just be due to them being alot stronger and my legs not being strong enough to keep them down from posturing up, but i think some better flexibility would definitely help.
    rubber guard is just one of the examples i used for a reason i would like more flexibility, so lets keep it at that for now (tips/stretches for flexibility gain)
     
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    one good tip is not how your stretching but when you are stretching - do it before and after work outs for the max benefit, and make sure you stretch every day.
     
  10. DI99

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    i dont really workout(as for lifting weights and stuff), its kind of an on and off thing that i really need to get and stay into, but i havnt been to the gym for about a year now.
    i have mma classes 3 times a week, other than that i just run and eat good and stay in shape. but i usually stretch in the morning and at night as much as i can, or before/after a long run, and before/after mma classes ofcourse.
     
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    That is definitely good, other than consistency I'd recomend some variety, use google and weed through to find some stretches you haven't done before/recently and mix things up.
     

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