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I am in a special aikido program in Kyoto, Japan, which involves training 3x a day, 5 days per week for a year. Another kenshusei and I still cannot sit in seiza well after 9 months of training with daily seiza sessions as well as doing shikko knee walking and performing aikido techniques from this posture. However, we both do NOT have the typical seiza problem of tightness across the front of the knees. We both have problems with discomfort behind the knees. We have both been to doctors and PTs here in Japan without results. Earlier this year, all the kenshusei did a 1000-sit-ups workout. Afterwards, the two of us experienced decreased stiffness and decreased pain in the knees. I think this had to do with the poor form of our sit-ups, which involved a lot pulling on the heels (like 800 micro-hamstrings-curls), but I don't know why that would have an effect. (1) Any stretch recommendations to improve the ability to sit low in a seiza posture? (2) Any idea why 1000 sit-ups would provide knee therapy? Thanks.