Learn how to do side sapiens. Side Sapiens (a.k.a. side monkey’s) are a type of quadrupedal movement which are used as a progression to the reverse vault.
They are also practical in their own right to displace momentum (such as when landing from a drop) and/or to continue flow into your next movement.
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The information in this post has been taken from the Essential Parkour by Sam Fury.
How to do Side Sapiens
Start in a low squat position.
Reach your arms out across your body to your left and plant them firmly on the ground. Your right-hand lands first closely followed by your left.
Keep your arms strong and use them to support your body weight as you bring your legs to your left. Your right foot lands first closely followed by your left so that you are back in the low squat position.
Engage your core and land with control. Land lightly with your feet and as quietly as you can.
Repeat this movement a few times and then go back the other way.
This is also good to practice on ledges and rails.
For more of a challenge you can do this exercise with straight legs.
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