How to Do Parkour Safety Rolls

The safety roll is one of the most basic parkour moves used to minimize wear and tear on the body from landing from heights. Done correctly, it can be performed even on concrete at high speeds.

Steps

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    Find a place with grass. Grass is the best place to roll in as it is forgiving and you won't hurt yourself starting out.
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    For this tutorial, the roll will be done over the left shoulder.
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    Stand with your left foot slightly forward and right foot slightly back.
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    From here crouch and place your hands on the ground in front of you with your right hand in front of your left hand. Lean forward.
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    Allow the forearm to fall onto to the ground. This should stop you falling and hurting your shoulder which is a common mistake.
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    From here push with the left leg to give yourself momentum. Roll over the left arm and onto your shoulder. This should be a diagonal movement across your back. Do not let your head touch the ground.
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    You should be able to use your momentum to get up and continue running along.

Tips

  • Slow and steady is the key to master this move.
  • Repetition is the key, try again and again till you master it
  • When you start to feel confident that your roll is good enough to try on concrete, have a go.

Warnings

  • As you begin performing rolls on concrete, PROGRESSION is the the key. Know your limits. Do not attempt things which are too difficult at that time.

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Categories: Parkour