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Also known as the Cat pass, a Monkey Vault variation or Saut de chat involves diving forward over an obstacle so that the body becomes horizontal, pushing off with the hands and tucking the
*Think differently with approach.
This approach is best described as being a "Dive Entry."
The reason for the split step action for these types of entries and why the last two steps are quicker is because that action alone blocks and transfers the momentum. Changing your forward running momentum into a diagonal flight. The more effort put into the front foot the further the exit distance will be. A two-foot take off (punch) will transfer your momentum way too high provided you somehow managed to keep your speed up.
Kong Vault troubleshooting.
- How far away you take off before vaulting the wall will play a HUGE role in your exit distance. If you wish to fly further out of the Kong take off from further away.
- If a specific challenge requires you to go higher take off closer to the vaulting surface.
2) Why the straight arms?
- By focusing on your elbows being straight you will begin to rely on blocking(think of a pole vaulter, notice how they place the pole in front of themselves and yet it blocks and transfers them up and over) with your shoulder, which will assist primarily in achieving height but also distance and time to hit proper landing positions.
- Diving at an obstacle can be a daunting task. Commit to the diving motion before contact the vault surface with your hands. If you slap the box like a "high five" while jumping you are not gonna like the outcome.
- Rather dive and use the box to assist your vault. Focus on leaping more forward and pressing the box in the desired direction of travel.
- If your hips are already reaching horizontal travel prior to contacting hands you will have more control during the landing phase. Also a far less chance of clipping your feet on the obstacle.