I’d say there are two primary reasons: a) connective tissues have gone thru a natural aging process and tightened up (yup, it happens) and b) I don’t stretch and kick like that anywhere near as much as I used to (it also happens – it’s called family, work, volunteer activities etc.).
So I’m definitely going to add these first two techniques, Static Active Hip Rotation and Lateral Leg Drop, to some regular mobility work and see what kind of effect it has.
Will keep you posted, but let me know what you think. (The video is linked Below, or can be accessed thru the original article).