A couple thoughts I had at the training session yesterday:
1. I've noticed that a lot of people make a lot of small steps right before taking off into a vault to setup whatever kind of takeoff (split, two-footed, running, etc.) they're comfortable with. I think this takes away a lot of speed and a lot of flow to the vault movement and maybe is symptomatic of focusing too much on getting over an obstacle instead of getting beyond it. SafeNSure made a good point in that it's good to be able to not vault at the last second which I agree is a good thing to be able to do, especially when encountering new situations, but I think unnecessary when training on familiar ground.
I started thinking of a vault setup in terms of a basketball layup- the last two steps of doing a layup off a dribble are setup by the steps before them so a player can keep speed and mobility (to move around defenders and such). So instead of making small adjustments in the last few feet before the takeoff, adjustments are made in the steps occurring a few feet away from the takeoff point, the two or so steps before launching into a vault. Does that make any sense? Like high jumpers or place kickers, maybe it would make sense to practice sometimes by stepping off backwards so the forward movement is smoother.
2. I was confused by the new handrail and others confirmed that it was indeed lower which is a little less challenging for powerful vaults over but presents new challenges for underbar movements. If we are able to use that area again, I'm thinking of bringing some cord (bungee, webbing or normal string) that can be used to make those spaces even smaller. It's the same idea they used when training for the transom window in the opening chase scene in District B-13: they used bungees to define a the edges of the practice window and made it smaller and smaller until it was were actually much smaller than the window David Belle crashed through with ease in the movie. Since many handrails have two bars much closer together than the large opening of the GWHS handrail or most scaffoldings, it could be interesting to work up to underbars through the smaller space in a safer manner. Any other ideas of how to make relatively easy obstacles into useful training for tougher existing structures?
Anyway, good session yesterday. I was focusing on a few skills and I think that helped me improve. My arms are more sore today than normal because I was working on underbars and not relying on my legs so much (though they are sore, too).