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Precision refers to a precise landing with your feet on the edge of a wall, rail, or other object. One of the most common forms is the precision jump, which involves starting in a standing position and jumping from one object to another.

A precision jump involves jumping to a small landing area by using your whole body (arms, legs, core/torso, head) in a careful coordinated movement to help keep balance as you land. The motion itself resembles a coil being launched in the air and then landing again, absorbing and straightening out. The jump is great for situations where you need precise jumping, such as from a rail to another rail where balance and coordination are key.

[edit] Variations

  • Stride
  • 360 precision - The athlete takes off and lands facing in the same direction, but a complete 360 degree turn is completed whilst in the air
  • Backwards precision - The athlete jumps and lands facing backwards instead of forwards
  • Precision frontflip - As soon as a precision jump is landed, the athlete springs straight into a frontflip

[edit] Step-by-step guide

  1. You should be standing still when first attempting precision jumps, and make sure that the distance isn't too far so you can get the hang of jumping and controlling your balance. Your legs will be crouched down to almost a 90 degree angle -- make sure you are comfortable -- your eyes will be focused on your landing and your arms will be swinging to gather momentum.
  2. Once you got a mental picture of what your going to do, use your ARMS (very important) to lead the way and at the same time coordinate your legs to jump forward throwing your whole body into the air. Keep in mind that the whole motion is like a spring compressing, expanding and then absorbing on impact.
  3. As soon as you have left the first spot and you’re in the air, tuck your legs in to get enough height and get ready to thrust them out. Your eyes should be focused on the target area and your arms should be in front of you keeping you balanced in mid-air.
  4. Once you begin to descend towards the object, begin to thrust your legs towards the landing area. This is where precision comes in. You need to make sure you your feet are going to hit the spot first. Your arms should be getting ready to swing backwards to help you balance when you land. The perfect amount of momentum from your jump (which is a matter of training) will bring you to the spot you wish to land with just enough force to bring you into an upright postion.
  5. Now this is where balance comes into play. Your legs will reach the target and compress, absorbing the landing and helping you keep balance. Allow your momentum to carry you to an upright position and tuck as needed to absorb the impact of the jump. Your arms play a huge role here as they should be out away from you helping you regain balance.
  6. Once you have your balance, stand up and you’re done!

[edit] Common mistakes

There are two common mistakes that many people make when it comes to precisions. The first one is all mental. Some people think that they can do something, even though in their gut they know they can't. This is dangerous and usually ends up with someone getting injured. Remember, never try anything like this just to impress someone, you'll most likely hurt yourself in the end. Another problem is the coordination of your body (which is often a product of psyching yourself out before you make the jump). Some people forget to use their arms, others talk themselves out of the technique and then hold back on their jump, not getting their entire body into the movement. You should jump at a 45 degree angle, throwing your arms towards your path of travel, tuck in mid air, and shoot your legs down towards the point of impact at another 45 degrees. Once again, mentality is huge.


If done right, this can you help you clear many obstacles. It can be used anywhere on pretty much any surface (if careful) and can help you get to places when there’s a gap involved. Some advanced techniques include vaults to precisions or drop precisions. And the more advanced you get, the more precise you can become. Think of David Belle doing a front flip from a tree stump to another, then from there doing a large cat leap to a wall, pulling himself up and running down the wall, doing a kong to precision at the end! The possibilities are endless.