Learn how to speed vault. The speed vault is used to quickly pass over small to medium sized obstacles that are too big for you to hurdle over.
Before attempting the speed vault you should be proficient at the safety vault.
Note: If you are approaching an obstacle at an angle use the lazy vault.
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The information in this post has been taken from the Essential Parkour by Sam Fury.
How to Speed Vault
The speed vault is basically the same as a safety vault except you do not let your foot touch the wall. To get your legs coordinated for this you can do the following exercise.
If you want to place your left hand on the obstacle then raise your right leg straight out to your right. Quickly follow it with your left. Tap your right foot with your left in the air.
Be sure to raise your right and then your left, as opposed to jumping with both legs at the same time.
You left foot lands back on the ground first.
This leg kicking motion is what you use to pass the obstacle, except without tapping your feet.
Approach the object with some speed so you can clear it. Like with most vaults you want to arc over the obstacle.
Run and kick your legs up. Once you are in the air place your hand on the obstacle (fingers facing forwards) and push up and back to help get your chest and legs through.
Keep your chest pointing forward and do not hold onto the wall too long otherwise it will focus your momentum in a different direction (as opposed to straight ahead).
Switch your legs through while you are in the air and land on your inside foot first, i.e., the same side foot as your hand on the wall. As you land your chest should be facing forward and in front of your leading leg. Be sure to push the obstacle behind you before landing.
Note: If you want to exit on a direction other than straight ahead try to face your chest in the direction you want to go and use your hand on the wall as a pivot point.
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