It’s the second blog post and did I go an entirely different direction on this one. For this Special one I made a Video listing 8 different Parkour movements you can practice inside on a rainy, smokey (for everyone in BC right now), or snowy day. Below are the 8 techniques you will see in the video, as well as application of each movement.
- Floor Kong: Floor Kong’s are a great way to develop good technique for the eventual Kong Vault and Climb-ups. This a very good technique for developing upper body power, and understanding hip lifting.
- Shoulder Roll: The Shoulder roll is considered an essential Ukemi (art of falling) movement. We often use this for situations where we are falling forward towards our face, or in situations in which it would be too much impact to take on the legs.
- Gorilla Gallop: This is by far the fastest Crawling technique, and in my opinion the most fun. This crawling movement is great for situations where rolling isn’t an option (eg. rough surfaces) and you can’t land in a 2 point position safely. also a great way to speed around in a low position.
- Aúzinho: Aúzinho’s are a great beginning movement for tricking and body awareness, and are essential our start into cartwheels as well. This technique requires that you get comfortable with your hips lifting above your head, and understand how your body moves as well.
- Floor Step: Just like the Floor Kong, the Floor step is a floor movement that preps us for the Step Vault and Speed Vault. This technique also helps to develop good core strength and balance.
- Jumping & 2 Point Landing: I tell this to all my students, If you don’t know how to land, you’ll learn how to fall fairly quickly. These two techniques are pretty fundamental to all of parkour, Jumping being what we commonly use to take off, and landings as our finishing position in any technique. Practicing and understanding these two techniques are essential!
- Quadrupedal/Crab Crawl: I lumped these two together because of there similar technique, the only difference is if your chest is facing the sky or the floor. All around, Quadrupedal movement are great for developing hand eye coordination, movement awareness, and wrist strength.