When you’re looking to take on a gap, remember the ‘cat jump’ technique. This is useful for when a feature is too high for you to land on it on your feet. You’ll end up hanging from the wall or feature here, with your legs downwards and your toes pointed into the building, giving you the grip to climb onwards. This is incredibly dangerous of course without appropriate strength and training, so don’t try without practise from lower, safer levels.
Basic Parkour Techniques: Dropping and Landing
Dropping from a level significantly higher than your landing zone can be dangerous, and you’ll need to build up to it slowly and steadily, so that you have the confidence and technique to make sure you don’t get hurt.
So, what landing techniques do you need to know? Two-foot landings and rolling landings can both be useful, so you need to work on both, and work on knowing when to use each.
The two-foot landing can be worked on in the gym on the same boxes used for practising jumping, and also of course on pretty much any street corner.
You need to let your body come down to your legs and get your hands on the ground when landing, spreading the impact and lowering your centre of gravity. Make sure you’ve stopped completely and with stability, or else the fall could hurt.