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June 10, 2009

There are basically only two kinds of rolls that I know of, Gymnastic/Tumbling rolls, and Martial arts/Parkour(they are almost, but not quite the same) rolls.

In tumbling forward rolls, you roll straight forward, going directly over your head and the center of your back. You can’t really aim them in any direction, and they aren’t really useful in any situation where Parkour or martial arts would apply. (I.e they may be an important part of a gymnastics or tumbling routine but they aren’t going to help much the next time you jump off a wall or get into a fight). For backwards rolls, well I can’t really remember how to do them, but their pretty similar to forward rolls.

In Martial arts forward rolls, you roll at an angle going down your arm, over your shoulder, and across your back, so that the least amount of time/force is placed on the spine. You can aim the roll in any forward directional without moving your footing once you know how to do it. (I.e you can roll side ways, diagonal and forwards). It’s all the same roll. Martial arts rolls are meant to be used to dissipate the impact from a fall, or to recover from being knocked over, or to land from being thrown, either in an accident or fight. Back rolls again are similar, although I don’t know them as well, in a back roll you fall backwards and roll across your back and over your shoulder in reverse.

Now keep in mind, I’m just listing the different types of rolls here, not how you should do them. Also, I don’t really know much at all about tumbling rolls, I haven’t taken gymnastics in a while.

Here are some examples of rolls and how to do them. … 40&index=0
Martial Arts forward rolls … 40&index=1
Same in slow motion
Parkour rolls (I’m dubious about his expertise though)
More parkour rolls, I like this video better.
Finally! This video kicks the other two videos asses, reminds me of watching dogens tutorials for the first times, must be the pleasant background music. Watch this to really learn practical Parkour rolls!

Now, I couldn’t actually find any videos of Gymnastic/Tumbling roll, aka a somersault. If you want to see one, just search gymnastics, or tumbling or something on youtube, and watch some videos of the Olympics or some such, you’ll see some rolls somewhere in their floor work.



Building blocks of tricking and parkour shortened.

July 13, 2008

Well, I made a post a while back called Building Blocks of Tricking, Parkour, And Martial Arts. Part 1, and Its a lot longer then it ends to be, so I want to summarize it here.


1)Parkour is a great form of exercise, but that isn’t going to get you far if you don’t eat right, and sometimes training in a gym to get stronger, or build more endurance, is better then just doing parkour for it, mostly because it won’t be as hard on your body.

2)A lot of great traceur’s have very little in the way of serious injuries related to parkour. This is because they don’t do stupid shit. Basically, remember that the goal of parkour is to get from A to B as fast as you can, not to show off. Breaking bones and what-not also isn’t supposed part of it.

1)In tricking, training in the gym and at home is very very important. Its pretty easy to hurt yourself enough to take you out of sports of a notable amount of time in tricking, and conditioning helps reduce the risk of that happening. condition three times as much as you trick, and you will be tricking for a long time.

Condition, diet, then train.

2)Don’t go overboard, working out for two hours a day every day and then spending an hour tricking afterward, it won’t help you. Remember, stop while your ahead, if you land a trick perfectly, do it a few more times, and then stop before you get tired. This way the correct form becomes more firmly implanted in your muscle memory. And don’t condition and trick on the same day if you can help it.

That’s all I’m putting in here, I think this explains the important parts better.