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Guide to Movement1:Flexibility

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With my martial arts practice, which involves separate training to develop our body's potential, I've long felt like doing a guide about movement, but the subject is so vast I didn't know where to start. It's during a grueling stretching session that it occurred to me that flexibility would be easy enough to corner, for starters. So there you have it, and I don't think I've ever seen an artist's reference for this stuff.

No bibliography included, this is all straight from my head (except for the numbers), after 7 years of practice and 2-3 of training for an instructor degree.

Read the introduction and disclaimers before giving feedback. Those who don't read, or ignore what they read, will be flogged equally.

Actually, to be on the safe side, here are my disclaimers:

Athletes will immediately notice I am simplifying the material. I readily admit I am adapting the material to artistic purposes and this should NOT be used as a reference for physical activity. I am not responsible for any injury that may derive from using this for purposes other than an illustration reference.

Double-jointed people, contortionists and anyone who's undergone intensive flexibility training from a young age are considered exceptions and this guide won’t attempt to take them into account.


Thanks and enjoy!

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Thank you so much for this tutorial! I found the part about the hip joint especially helpful when I compared it to my past attempts at drawing a character doing the splits.

P. S. - If you don't mind me asking, who was the "single, jaw-dropping case" capable of raising & lifting their leg above waist level?
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
You're very welcome! It's hard to know these things if you don't get to practice them.
Oh, that was at a World Wushu Championship where one female Taiji Quan entrant from the Chinese team slowly raised her leg almost to her forehead without any momentum. I was accompanying my team and as we watched with the other athletes, everyone's eyes popped out. We knew instantly she'd get the gold. Even to seasoned practitioners qualifying for a world championship, this was a superhuman thing to witness.
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elliot-sStudent General Artist
You're my role model!!!!
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Aw, gee :XD:
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SaiKhaeLeangHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I have learnt a lot from your tutorials.
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
You're welcome!
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LimeGreenBunnyHobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cow this is so detailed!
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
:D
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Welcome!
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PillsburydoughcatStudent Traditional Artist
I'm an artist and a dancer. It's really cool to see how my body works when I do complex things and it somehow helps my drawing process to do them as I draw
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DenVitHobbyist Filmographer
Really awesome tutorial.
I can't find better lessons of body structure drawing.

P.S. Where you find this small guy in chapter VIII.THE ANKLE.
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
I drew him, why?
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DenVitHobbyist Filmographer
Did you drew him for somebody?
Did you have this characters from other angles?
Because i saw characters like this in other tutorials.
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
In other tutorials? Show me...
He's taken from wushu and taijiquan reference sheets I made a long time ago for our martial arts school.
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DenVitHobbyist Filmographer
aranihon.xpg.uol.com.br/page2.html
shaolingranada.blogspot.com/2013/11/shou-xing-y-shou-fa.html

Can You show them in better quality?
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Ha, they totally stole my graphics, it's laughable.
I can but I won't. Maybe I'll publish the whole set some day.
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AMichelJStudent Filmographer
This is an awesome resource! Not only great for demonstrating the general flexibility of the joints, but also very helpful in understanding the how and why behind it.
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ahayesDororoHobbyist Traditional Artist
This was a huge help. I had problems with posing characters; I had basic knowledge of movement. Seeing the bones and structure helped me understand more about how the body flexes and how it should look like.
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Sure :)
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Dragona15Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful guide :heart:
This will help both me and anyone who comes asking me for tips XD
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
That's great!
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101AboveHobbyist General Artist
This is gold! You did great! 
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