Have you ever wanted to jump off a roof? You’re not alone. During parkour training, they teach you how to do it and successfully.
What is Parkour?
According to Wikipedia, Parkour is the non-competitive sport of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing and jumping. Participants run along a route, attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. Skills such as vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling are employed. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas.
Watch this video to understand so basic positions and moves:
Now, while using these basic principles, here is guide on how to jump off a roof:
1. Cue Motivation Music: Before you begin, get your ass-kicking soundtrack in place. Here are a few crowd sourced ideas:
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2. Run: In order to gain speed to leverage later, give yourself enough runway to get a running start.
3. Jump Forward: When jumping, jump forward. This will allow you to attain momentum horizontally and further your reach.
4. Leg Extensions: As you’re approaching the ground, extend your legs forward. The objective is to land on the balls of your feet in order to maximize the impact.
5. Roll: As you land, roll from one shoulder to the opposite hip.
NOTE: I am absolutely not responsible for you if get injured. So, please train and practice with caution.
How to Practice:
1. Reverse Engineer: Practice each move in reverse order, adding an additional step once mastery has been completed.
2. Video Tape: Video tape yourself doing each individual step. This will help you to ensure accurate form.
3. Parkour Buddy: Practice with someone, so that they can spot you or give you a high-five when you succeed.
How you done Parkour before? What tips do you have for first timers? What is the best way that you’ve found to practice? We’d love to hear from you.