Here are a wide variety of martial arts stretches used to improve flexibility and to reduce the chance of potential training injuries (i.e. a pulled muscle). They will help you to achieve higher martial arts kicks, difficult grappling & submission positions with less strain, etc. The sports and martial arts stretches listed below target a huge variety of muscles and tendons. You should also experiment with different stretches in order to add variety to your stretching routine (as they can get monotonous) and to find new stretches that can help with problem areas (i.e. hamstrings).
Before any strength and conditioning training, martial artists should stretch and warm-up. All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For additional information on stretches and flexibility training, please visit the Martial Arts Physical Fitness and Yoga for Martial Arts sections.