How to Do a Running Catleap

You probably never imagined you could leap from building to building like an action hero. The good news is that you don't need invisible safety ropes or a stunt double to pull this off. A dedication to Parkour, a lot of practice, and particular attention to safety can have you jumping ledges as if gravity didn't exist!


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    Start running at a pace that'll give you enough momentum to leap the distance, but don't go so fast that you take off with excessive force.
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    Take off by jumping up more than across. You want to go high enough that if you miss the wall, you fall straight down rather than hit the wall with the front of your body.
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    Use your body to "swim" across the air if you feel so inclined. In this photograph, a double kick is used, which would be inconvenient in smaller spaces. How you choose to move your body during the leap is a matter of personal preference.
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    Kick your leg(s) forward as you near the wall to help reduce the force with which you'll hit the wall ahead.
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    Grab the ledge at the same time your leg meets the wall. If the wall you are cat leaping to has very little difference in height to the platform you took off of, it is sometimes better to land with your legs first, close to the top of the wall. Then delay the grab by a split second, allowing your body to drop a little down the wall.
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    Brace yourself for the collision. When the momentum follows your grab, let your body hang low and swing to absorb some of the shock. Make sure that the first leg to hit the wall is outside of your body, not folded against your chest, or else you'll hurt your knee badly.
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    Push upwards and slightly outwards with your feet and use your arms to pull yourself up to the top of the wall and keep running.


  • Start practicing between ledges that have the ground close between them so that if you fall, you won't fall very far.
  • Ankle stretches are useful for the less flexible before you begin.
  • Carefully observe the surrounding area to make sure there are no other "danger" spots.


  • Do not try this by yourself when you are alone, major injuries could occur.
  • Pay heed to practice your timing of the jump before you actually preform the move, this will lower you chance of making a painful mistake.
  • This is one of the more intimidating moves because of the running head start towards a wall.

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