Stretching is an important part of Kung Fu training regardless of style. Proper stretching will enable greater flexibility of movement and also help prevent damage to the body during hard training. Contrary to popular believe, the best time to stretch is not at the beginning of a workout, but rather at the end, when the body is warmed up and a lot more pliable. This is the time to focus on stretching areas of the body that retain tension and tightness. On top of adding flexibility and reducing muscle soreness, this kind of stretching will make you feel great and likely help your sleep.
Please remember that stretching by itself is not a cure-all for problems in training. Contrary to hype in modern martial arts, doing the splits and being extremely flexible doesn’t necessarily increase your martial skill. In face, if stretching is done incorrectly, it can actually harm the body parts it was intended to help. However, when stretching is done correctly – with care and consistency – it will greatly benefit a student’s training.