Dash vault

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A dash vault is a vault used in parkour and free running, which involves jumping over the obstacle feet first, and then planting and pushing off your hands to make the extra distance to clear the obstacle. The vault is useful for situations where you need a good amount of extra distance on the other side of the object, specifically a precise landing as you can see your feet.

The vault can be done from a one or two footed take off, however it is generally accepted that the one footed take off is more efficient.

There have been concerns among traceurs about whether the dash vault is indeed an efficient movement, as often it is much safer and quicker to either jump the obstacle or to kong it.[citation needed]


[edit] Variations

  • Kash - Kong vault pulling your feet through whilst keeping your arms on the obstacle so you end up in a dash position
  • Dash gainer - Although not landed, it is an ongoing debate about whether it is actually possible[1], with the closest filmed attempt barely a dash or gainer[2]. (However it should be noted that Team Fishtricks member Liamm Kevan did a better attempt off camera that same day).
  • Dash bomb - Dash to frontflip, as named by Showtime from Team Tempest, the first person to land it[3].
  • When done right with a lot of speed, the dash vault can get you over surprisingly high objects, and help you get across very long / wide obstacles. In addition it also gives you a lot of effortless distance on the other side. An incredibly fluid combination is a dash vault to monkey vault, as you have a lot of forward momentum and control to bound out of immediately into another vault.

[edit] Step-by-step guide

  1. Run at the obstacle, how far you take off from the obstacle will vary on your speed. Usually you'll want your forward foot to be between 4 and 6 feet away from the obstacle.
  2. Once your left leg is the appropriate distance from the obstacle, begin lifting your right knee up, utilizing the momentum from that lift to augment a powerful jump off of your left leg. You'll want to take off once your right knee is about on level with your waist. Remember to get as much momentum upwards and outwards as you can. Keep in mind you want to come as close to sitting on the object as you can, almost skimming it.
  3. As soon as you've taken off of the ground, begin bringing both of your legs upwards and in front of you. The final goal is to have your body in an L shape with your legs together and slightly bent at the knees.
  4. Once your legs are out in front of you in the L shape, feet and butt parralel to the ground, your torso will probably be almost above the object. Start bringing your hands down to your sides in order to push off / grab the obstacle.
  5. You'll want your hands to plant down onto the object when your shoulders are right above the object. Legs still slightly bent at the knees and together out in front of you.
  6. As soon as your hands land on the obstacle push off with your arms and extend your legs and kick out to get maximum distance. Your hands and arms will be behind your body when they leave.
  7. After "kicking off" you'll want to land on the balls / front of your feet and roll or keep on running. If you decide to land on two feet at the same time, remember to absorb and control your forward momentum into your outstretched legs into a slight crouch before running off.

[edit] Common problems

One common problem is clipping the knee or foot of your trailing leg. Make sure that you have ample space to lift both of your legs in front of you. Also, instead of lifting your trailing leg straight up, try bringing out and around upwards much like Olympic hurdlers do. Another problem is a hard jolt / impact on the shoulders. This is most likely due to placing your hands down onto the obstacle too early. If your arms are angled too far forward as you come down your force will be directly up and down your arms. You want your arms 90 degrees to the obstacle so it's almost as if your only tapping off.

[edit] Notes

  1. Debate on the 3Run Forums
  2. Youtube
  3. "YouTube - Team Tempest - Showtime in the gym". Youtube.com