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Alright, that's a good discovery. Did you try ~Ease~?
That's one of the Piriformis stretches.
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Hi,

it seems to me that it's the Piriformis blocking the movement for some reason. I noticed repeating the forward bending excercises before going into "Courage" to releases some of the tension.
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Hello Daniel  :)
Sorry I've been very busy and also trying to digest all this info we talked about. I have a few questions for you as I've tried researching a lot of what you said but can't find much on the internet. I will try to color code each section I discuss for the sake of organizing my thoughts
Hi Rana! Nice to hear that you are studying hard.
If you google the information I gave you you'll get two options:
1- you'll find nothing
2- you'll find us
Ha! Let me be clear. No one else teaches this. I know some schools who know a bit of this, but keep it secret, these are mostly schools that train high level athletes. As mysterious this sounds, think about it, the school that possess information like what we teach will be the one winning tournaments, the olympics, getting more prestige, more students, more money...


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1. About ELC, I've tried researching it but I can't find much on it so I will try to purchase the video pretty soon so I can best understand what you're talking about.

The ELC video is gold. You'll find ELC techniques aimed at splits in the EasySplits course and on the new Master Splits Combo.

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2. MHT: if I were to perform this on front splits, then I'd get into my split and try to move my hips side to side for example, rocking side ways? Does this work on any kind of stretch? If I'm getting it wrong please elaborate.
Yes, that's ok. Another one is, open and close the split, alternating sides, you can do it sideways, or while on a shoulderstand. The technique of moving while stretching works with any kind of stretch or joint yet.

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3. RI: if I'm not mistaken, I think this is PNF stretching right? If not please explain further. On the Hamstrings Advanced DVD, there's this exercise lying on the back stretching the hamstrings where you engage the quads to pull your leg away from you, then release and pull the leg closer to the chest. Does this fall into RI technique?
No it is not. The contracted muscle on PNF is the one being stretched, the contracted one on RI is the antagonist of the one being stretched, and the contraction is held no more than 3 seconds to be effective.
Pushing the leg contracting quads and hip flexors is a RI technique for stretching hamstrings, yes.

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4. PC technique is clear according to what you explained.
Great! Now use your creativity to come up with a lot of different exercises and share them with us!

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I'm guessing that I have to do a lot of brainstorming for every technique to see how to add these techniques into my classes which is something I get very lazy doing  ;D :D If there are ready made stretches or videos for each technique please refer to them because they'd probably be more correct than what I would try to invent for my students.
Yes, the EasySplits course, there are over 100 exercises in there.

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I would like you, if it's not too much to ask, to give me an example for each of these techniques, for example if I'm working on front splits, or any specific goal so I can better understand these techniques.
One MHT, RI and ELC for front splits? Sure.
MHT: on your side, spread your legs as much as you can in a front split position, hold for half a second, alternate sides. Do 10 to 20 reps.
RI: place two chairs, one to your right another to your left, do a front split in between, use your hands to elevate your body for 3 seconds while holding the split in the air, drop deeper into a split. Repeat 3 to 5 times.
ELC: on a slippery floor, open and close your split using the strength of the stretched muscles.

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Another request, if you have certain articles I can read about each technique or something to explain more? I really couldn't find much and when I found something I wasn't sure if it was the technique you were talking about.
Yes, we have over 50 blogs. In our two websites (EasyFlexibility.com and ElasticSteel.com) you'll find them on the menu at the top of any page. Read them all!

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Thanks so much for your help again  :)
A pleasure to help! Keep up the good work ok?
You forum guys can get EasySplits at 35% off. Send me an email to get the discount code. dtkach@elasticsteel.com

Cheers.
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Hello Daniel  :)
Sorry I've been very busy and also trying to digest all this info we talked about. I have a few questions for you as I've tried researching a lot of what you said but can't find much on the internet. I will try to color code each section I discuss for the sake of organizing my thoughts

1. About ELC, I've tried researching it but I can't find much on it so I will try to purchase the video pretty soon so I can best understand what you're talking about.


2. MHT: if I were to perform this on front splits, then I'd get into my split and try to move my hips side to side for example, rocking side ways? Does this work on any kind of stretch? If I'm getting it wrong please elaborate.

3. RI: if I'm not mistaken, I think this is PNF stretching right? If not please explain further. On the Hamstrings Advanced DVD, there's this exercise lying on the back stretching the hamstrings where you engage the quads to pull your leg away from you, then release and pull the leg closer to the chest. Does this fall into RI technique?

4. PC technique is clear according to what you explained.

I'm guessing that I have to do a lot of brainstorming for every technique to see how to add these techniques into my classes which is something I get very lazy doing  ;D :D If there are ready made stretches or videos for each technique please refer to them because they'd probably be more correct than what I would try to invent for my students.

I would like you, if it's not too much to ask, to give me an example for each of these techniques, for example if I'm working on front splits, or any specific goal so I can better understand these techniques.
Another request, if you have certain articles I can read about each technique or something to explain more? I really couldn't find much and when I found something I wasn't sure if it was the technique you were talking about.

Thanks so much for your help again  :)
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Alisha, Sue, Gavin, Karen, always a pleasure to learn from so many different human beings.

Alisha must have finished the course already, if you have any questions or if you did not get your professionally design certificate (as opposed to the automatic one) let me know: dtkach@elasticsteel.com

Sue is about to take the test, just keep your handouts handy, and review the pinned topic in this forum which gives some hints and even one question away ;)

Gavin, we've been talking via email. A pleasure to have you here sir.

Karen, there's a lot to learn, keep us posted on your progress!
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Hi Sue!

You don't have to memorize anything other than where to go get the answer when you get the question, the exam is open book. Sure it helps to memorize, but don't strictly memorize anything for the test.

Please let me know about the inconsistencies and I'll fix the ones that are possible to fix.

Thanks!
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Hi all,
I am about ready to take the test in about a week or so. I have yet to really "buckle down" though....I took the time to make not only notes from the videos, but some flash cards. I am most worried about memorizing the names of all the systems since they are so similar (to me): perception, awareness, stability, safety, etc. Any hints on how to accomplish this? Rote memorization?

Also, there are some inconsistencies in the PDF/videos/study guides that I found. Has anyone else seen them (I assume I am not the only one who ran across these). If EF staff want to know where/what I found, I am happy to list....

thanks!
Sue
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Hi, my name is Karen :) I haven't started yet but am looking forward to it!
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Hi everyone,
My name is Gavin.
I came across this searching for ways to develop flexibility connected with martial arts and dance outside of what I had been using for so long (isometrics). Also qualified under the Japanese stretching association here in Japan though the association does not tend to those requiring extreme flexibility very well at all.
I am practicing martial arts and looking to teach so I felt the knowledge of Paul is what I needed to assist people. After some years of performing splits using isometrics I had an injury in training which meant I could not use those methods successfully, I also felt that the general knowledge and attitude of most martial arts teachers was rather set in dogma and needed updating making it possible for virtually anybody to be able to have flexibility to the degree of splits etc if they wished.
On top of that I recently lost most of my hearing! So life is getting very interesting. Looking  forward and learning more.
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Hey Julesk,

we can't say, a therapist should have a look at it in person. For now you can try using contraction modalities, tense through the action that's stuck, contract for 12 seconds at least, then see if it moves a little and contract again, do it no more than three times in a row, shake your legs and attempt 2 more sets if possible.

Let us know how it goes.
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