The Cat and the Wall Climb 
Great job for making it this far! You've accomplished the basic movement of parkour! Now that you've done this you can move onto bigger and better stuff. What I'm trying to do is get you on a basic level for all parkour movement, wall climbing and cat stances are an essential one of those.

If you've ever watched a parkour video, you'll see someone climbing on a wall at some point though it. Or maybe you've seen them jump from a roof, but how do they get onto it? They climb. Parkour is all about not using the easy way like stairs, or if we do use stairs, we do something related to parkour on them. Or when jumping a wide gap you'll see them fall into a cat position.

However simple it sounds, the wall climb and cat leaps are more difficult than all the rest. Depending on how you do it, you can get slightly hurt yourself because of it, or you can completely master it, thats why I'm here.

We're going to start with the cat leap/stance. First the stance. Find a wall thats about your hight and stand looking at the wall. Put your hands at the top so that your gripping onto the closer edge of the wall. Once you've gotten a firm grip, put a foot up on the wall about waist hight. Make sure that your feet aren't very low, other wise they'll slide off the wall. Physics, the higher you put your legs, the less they'll slide, put them as high as you can. Next put your other foot at the same height. This is the cat stance. IF you just remain in the cat stance, it will help your muscles.. They say that the cat stance is just like a workout.

Practice this process for a while and then jump onto the wall using the cat stance. Make sure that when you jump, your feet hit the wall first before your hands. This will be a bit awkward at first and you should probably try it at a stand still first. If you have real trouble with your feet pointing forwards, you may point your feet to one side. After a while of this, try running at the wall and jumping. This is a big one: make sure that you don't slow down when you approach the wall, it is important you get into this now because it will be easier for other movements when you move onto other movements, like the wall climb..

Moving onto the wall climb now; this is a great movement but takes lots of working on to get it right. The key elements is the jump and the speed at which you meet the wall. If you go slowly at the wall, then it will be alot harder. This move took even me forever to get down correctly. A few warnings before we get started:

*Don't catch yourself with your elbow; when doing the wall climb, some people have the urge to put there arm across the wall and grab onto the other side as soon as they get high enough. This is terrible for you. It will harm your elbow or arm later in life. If you use your elbow to hold yourself up when reaching across, wait until you have little momentum left.
*Don't overshoot the wall; Think carefully about how much force you'll need to climb that specific wall, you don't want to go over the wall without trying, you may get yourself hurt.

Start quite a bit away from the wall, the higher the wall the more momentum you need. Run at the wall and jump off with one foot. You should be about half a leg away from the wall, all depends on your height. bring your other leg up and put it about waist high on the wall, if you can and push off. Do not push off the wall with both feet, that will send you backwards. Do not put your leg too low on the wall, it will slide of and you'll go face first into the wall. If you did it correctly, the wall should be about chest hight with you now. If so, put your hands squarely on the top of the wall (if its thin then grip onto both sides), while you still have momentum, and push up till your arms are about locked. Bring your legs up and get ontop of the wall. If you don't get that high on the wall, or its really high, then get into a cat leap and quickly pull yourself up. This will take some effort because once you stop the momentum, its entirely in your muscle and will be harder. For a while you'll wonder "How the hell do they do that so perfectly?!" Don't worry, it comes with practice. You won't find much better luck with pictures, videos or other text descriptions, you just have to practice. Took me about 2 months to finally conquer.

We'll go into the reverse cat next time, hope to type again soon!

[ add comment ] ( 10338 views )   |  permalink  |   ( 3.1 / 2232 )

<Back | 1 | 2 | Next> Last>>