Learn Parkour : Lesson 3

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Since we have covered the basic jump and some landing techniques let’s move on to an introduction to learn parkour vaulting. If you don’t fully understand the descriptions don’t panic. We will go into greater detail for each move in the near future. Some say that this is where parkour starts to get fun and we can add that this is where difficulty begins to increase. These are some of the basic parkour vaults you can learn as a beginner.

Learn Parkour: 180 Turn vault

This is where you use a single hand to grab onto your obstacle, and then place your other hand on it while turning 180 degrees.

Learn Parkour: Dash vault

In this vault you will first jump and then put your hands beneath you to help carry yourself over the object. You will end up actually sitting on the object mid vault and use your hands to push off at the end.

Learn Parkour: Double Kong vault

The difference between this and the Kong vault described below is that you will push yourself off of the object twice instead of just once. The main purpose of using two pushes instead of one is to compensate for obstacles which are particularly long.

Kash vault

This vault makes use of a combination of the Kong vault (below) and the dash vault. What makes this vault different from the Kong vault is that you will push yourself up at the end of the vault in order to allow room for your legs to exit the same way that you would in a dash vault.

Kong vault

A Kong vault is similar to the monkey vault. See below. The difference here is that for the Kong vault you will be diving towards the object in a parallel direction with your hands landing down at the obstacles end. After that you will put your legs into monkey position by pushing down with your hands.

Lazy vault

For this one you will use one hand in order to swing your legs over the object. You will also place the other hand behind you in order to stabilize your vault as well as providing a means to push yourself away from the object.

Monkey vault

For the monkey vault you will use your hands to pull yourself up onto and over the obstacle using a squatting position as you mount the object.

Pop vault

If you’ve ever gotten a one legged “boost” from someone to get over a fence then this one will be easy for you. It simply requires using one foot to push up and over an obstacle after you run towards it. You may also grab the obstacle if possible to help yourself get over the top.

Reverse vault

This is where you put either one or both of your hands on the obstacle and do a backwards spin to get over it.

Safety vault

For a Safety vault you will use both hands on the obstacle. From here you will put your outside foot on the obstacle while releasing with your inside arm. As you perform this last part you will be using your outside foot to push off from the object.

Speed vault

Here we will jump in the center of our obstacle but in a sideways fashion. You will notice that this is not too different from the Lazy vault except for the fact that in this case our inside hand does not come into contact with the obstacle at all.

Two Hand vault

Simple vault where you use both hand on the obstacle with your body alongside of your arms. This is also known as the side vault. Your legs should be parallel to the object.

The Underbar

This is when you jump between two objects such as a wall and a bar feet first. As you hold onto the upper bar you will pull yourself through.  This move looks like something out of an action movie where the guy on the other side of the bar ends up getting kicked with two feet. Check back soon for the next installment of learn parkour.

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