I fully appreciate that this is probably a daft question but has anyone ever encountered a fully able body person that can't seem to work their hips?
This is not me by the way. It is someone I train with privately, who is considerably less experienced than I am so I help to train the basics. This person just can't seem to engage their hips. The consequence is that kicks are a bit clunky, blocks tend to be limited in range, and footwork is slower than it could be.
I won't bore you all with all the details, but suffice to say I've pinned the issue down to an apparent lack of ability to consciously recruit the various hip muscles. They obviously do fire, otherwise this individual wouldn't be able to do very much at all, but there's no fine motor control their.
I've tried creating my own exercises to try to isolate the hip related muscles but nothing seems to be working. Nothing is inherently wrong. I think it's a habit thing rather than a physiological problem. Has anyone seen this before? Does anyone know of any exercises that will target this issue?