Wall Splits

Wall Splits

This page provides details on the stretch known as “Wall Splits”. Wall splits are also known as inverted split stretches, wall straddle stretches, etc. This stretch is a technique used by martial artists to improve lower body flexibility.

A wall split involves a martial artist lying on their back with their legs in the air resting against a wall. This technique uses gravity to help achieve wider side splits. It is used in order to loosen the hips & groin section and thus achieve higher lateral kicks (i.e. higher roundhouse kicks).

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 Stretching sections.

Instructional Videos for Wall Splits

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