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Also known as Cat Grab, Cat, Arm Jump or Saut De Bras is jumping from one obstacle to another landing in a Cat Hang Position, the hands gripping the top edge, holding the body up, ready to perform a Climb Up.
Benefits of the Cat Leap?
Like all Parkour related skills they develop the body into an agile unit rather than strong segments and come with the bi-product of staying fit and healthy. However, Parkour is all about adventure and exploration of our world, environments, and how our bodies navigate through them. The largest benefit of a Cat Leap is that it allows even more exploration. There might be a Precision you can't quite achieve, but the Cat Leap may be within reach.
Foot placement and friction.
1) Two Foot Approach - Both feet contact wall simultaneously and ideally don't slide. Center of mass(hips) drops into the hip-flexors and arms straighten. This approach relies heavily on grip strength and distributes impact evenly through out the body.
2) Staggered Approach - This is a redirected Precision. With power, jump at a vertical surface with the same intention as a Precision. Once feet make contact, rebound off the wall using the calves and allow the center of mass to drop as feet separate and stagger to create two friction points as they slide into a Climb Up position.
- If friction is high, feet will contact surface slightly staggered and equal or lower than your center of mass.
- If friction is low, feet will contact surface moderately staggered and equal or higher than your center of mass.
Bailing a Cat Leap is never fun!