Monkey vault

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A kong vault

The monkey vault or cat pass is a vault used in parkour and free running which involves planting two hands side-by-side on an obstacle and bringing both legs in-between, shortly after pushing off with the hands. When the hands are placed on the object before the feet leave the ground, it is known as a monkey vault, however if the feet leave the ground before the hands reach the object, it is referred to as a kong vault [1]. The movement of the free runner over the obstacle is similar to that of a tiger pouncing. A kong vault may sometimes be called a diving kong for emphasis if there is a particularly large amount of air-time over a long distance before the hands are used.

Either vault can be done from one or two feet, usually depending on personal preference, or the setup of the obstacle. It is generally recommended to use split foot kong vaults wherever possible, as they are the most efficient for carrying momentum[1].

Variations

  • Double kong
    The kong motion is performed on the first obstacle, but instead of being used to bring the legs over the push is used to bring the hips high. After some distance is covered, the hands are planted again on a second object and the legs are brought down through the hands.
  • Kong to handstand
    The same as a double kong, except instead of using the second obstacle to bring the legs down, the athlete freezes in a handstand position
  • Triple kong
    The same as a double kong but with an extra tap in the middle.
  • Monkey Frontflip or Tucked front handspring
    A monkey fronflip would be, in theory, a monkey vault directly followed by a frontflip. It was soon understood that a Monkey frontflip looks very similar to a Tucked front handspring so people tend to simply call it that way.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 "American Parkour - Parkour and Freerunning - Monkey/Kong Vault". Americanparkour.com