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PARKOUR TECHNIQUES

While traceurs shy away from creating a toolbox of named tricks, there are some basic maneuvers involved in Parkour. Here are a few.

THE ROLL:

This is a fundamental move of Parkour, used primarily for absorbing energy after a jump.

1. While jumping, eyeball your landing and pick a spot for your hands to make contact with the ground.

2. Place your hands slightly to the left of your trajectory. Tuck your head and let the right shoulder roll into contact with the ground. (This can be switched to the left side based on preference.)

3. Roll slightly diagonally, so that the area between the right shoulder and the left hip is in contact with the ground. It should be a fluid motion.

4. Midroll, tuck your left food to make room for your right foot to land on the ground.

5. Plant the foot and, using forward momentum, continue into a sprint.

PRECISION JUMP:

Precision is important when you're jumping from things like railings and building ledges.

1. Balance on the balls of your feet, focusing on the destination.

2. Hop, both feet together.

3. Land on the balls of your feet with your legs in a relaxed position to help absorb the shock.

4. Regain balance and straighten the legs slightly to prepare for the next move.

BASIC SPEED VAULT:

The "speed vault" is another vital Parkour move, because it allows you to cross a small wall or rail without slowing down.

1. Run to the obstacle at a constant speed. Do not shuffle your feet or slow down.

2. If the right foot is planted last, the right hand should be placed on the object you're vaulting over.

3. Keeping your head level and your body low, push with the right hand just enough to lift your legs.

4. Kick the legs over the vault parallel to the bar, landing on the right foot.

5. Use the vault momentum to continue running at a constant speed.

CAT LEAP:

Helpful for scaling a wall quickly.

1. Focus on the destination, balancing on the balls of your feet, similar to a precision jump.

2. Jump at the wall with your body tilted forward at a 45-degree angle and your arms extended above your head, ready to grasp the target.

3. As you approach the wall, bend your knees to bring your feet toward the wall.

4. Your feet and hands should come in contact with the wall about the same time. While grasping the top of the wall, use your legs - and the momentum from the jump - to boost yourself up and over the wall.

Sources: www.WorldWideJam.tv, www.AmericanParkour.com and www.SilentMotion.co.uk

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