By learning how to do the safety tap you will be able to cushion your landing which helps to prevent injuries.
It is good for those times when rolling may not be possible, e.g., lack of room, although it is best to use rolls when dropping from greater heights and/or on angles.
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The information in this post has been taken from the Essential Parkour by Sam Fury.
How to do the Safety Tap
To do the safety tap drop down from a ledge. Start with small drops and work your way up as your confidence builds.
Land on the balls of your feet, both feet at the same time, and then roll your heels down towards the ground.
Bend your knees as you land to absorb the shock. Depending on the impact you can go all the way into a crouch.
Don’t slam your wrists down. They are used for assistance and/or balance but should not be sustaining any major impact.
Spring back up using the momentum to continue your run.
Try to land as softly and quietly as possible. This is true with most things in parkour. The quieter you are the softer you are which means you put less pressure on your joints. Also, since the practical use for parkour is to run from your enemy it is advantageous to be as silent as possible.
When dropping down from a wall (e.g., from a cat hang) it is a good idea to turn away from the obstacle. You may have to use your feet to push away from the wall a little so you can get the room to turn.
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