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Train Hard - Stay Humble

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Comment by June Huang on May 21, 2009 at 4:12pm
Thanks for the name and tips, Seng!
Comment by Seng on May 15, 2009 at 10:54am
@June: First thing is to practice cat leaps (jumping to a wall to hang with fingers) which can be practiced anywhere with a ledge over a reasonably high wall, ie with enough room for your feet to land on the wall. For the wall-to-wall movement, start with 180deg jumps to cat hang from the ground before doing them ledge-to-ledge. In the cases of many walkways such as handicap ramps, the gap is probably small enough that you can actually touch both ledges with your hands while supporting yourself on opposite surfaces with your feet at the same time so the leap in between is more of a turn than an actual jump- this is a good way to be able to build confidence in the turn transition. A railed walkway can be fine for working on quick 180 turns, too (I remember a bunch of us were using the covered one at Cap HS for this). The 180deg leaps between are basically about keeping your mind calm while turning mid-air.
Comment by June Huang on May 4, 2009 at 12:52am
@Giorgio: No, I meant at 2.23-2:35 or so...when he's just holding onto the ledge with his fingers and jumping from ledge to ledge...not sure what to call it or how else to describe it. Any tips?
Comment by SafeNSure on May 4, 2009 at 12:44am
@June: you mean the transitions at 0:25, at 0:37, at 0:52, etc?

Those are mainly downward 'lazy-vaults'... they can be trained as lazies at the gymnastic beam (or any narrow ledge small wall) first, then at the gymnastic 'horse' (to swing the lower body more, almost 180 degrees, from back to front), or at a bigger 'block' (wall or mat).

Once you have the hand work and the body swing down, you can easily transfer it on any descend movement from a transitional (not drop) height, say between 3 to 5+ feet approx...
Comment by June Huang on May 3, 2009 at 1:50pm
How do you practice grabbing from one ledge to the opposite ledge like that? I need to learn how to do that.
Comment by Seng on May 2, 2009 at 11:05pm
The music is Lake Swimming by Laura Veirs- I used to play music with her back in college! So funny to hear a pk vid use her stuff. I like the laid back soundtracks- maybe because that's what's usually in my head when I'm practicing, trying to slow down my thoughts and clear my head.

There are certainly some nice movement in this video, though I think he's also a bit gratuitous with monkey vaults (a lot of reaching down to touch an object when simple flexibility in stride would have been less effort and smoother c.o.g.). Those ruins restorations look like awesome pk playgrounds.
Comment by SafeNSure on May 2, 2009 at 10:07am
Chill man, lol!
It's about being cool, I guess.
You're just TOO hot!!! Rofl!
;)
Comment by Iliketovaultthings on May 2, 2009 at 9:38am
LOL at the intro. Again... WTF IS WIH THAT DAMN MUSIC. All the best pk vids just always have to have that type of music. Is putting me to sleep!
Comment by Anthony on April 29, 2009 at 6:52pm
woa i like his pop up/ muscle ups to like a dash like vault down

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