Learn how to do the stride to safety step. The stride to safety step is used to stride over a gap onto a ledge (or similar) and then safely move down a level, such as to the ground. It is actually a combination of two other parkour techniques, i.e., striding and the safety step-through (a.k.a. down step).
The information in this post has been taken from the Essential Parkour by Sam Fury.
How to do the Stride to Safety Step
Run up to the first ledge and stride off it as normal.
Land on the second ledge one foot first. Most people find it easiest to land on the opposite foot they took off with but either foot is possible.
As you land lean out a little to the opposite side of the foot you landed on. This is so you have enough room for your other leg to come through.
Allow your leg to absorb most of the impact and then place your hand on the ledge, fingers pointing out to your side.
Your other leg comes through between your hand and foot so you can push yourself away from the edge.
Here is a view from the front.
This demonstrated leaving off one leg and then landing on the opposite one, which is the way most people prefer to do it. You could also leave off one leg and then land on the same one. Experiment to see which you prefer.
It also showed going from lower to higher, but it could also be done between surfaces of the same level, or from higher to lower.
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