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A Tic Tac is very similar to a Wall Run in approach with a slightly different goal in mind. A Tic Tac approaches a vertical surface at an angle (usually 45 degrees) and uses one foot to step off a surface
A snippet from an old friend.
"While the approach in terms of running speed is relative to an individual's maximum vertical jump height and grip of shoe on the wall (friction), the run up isn't a full out sprint, nor is it a slow jog. Find a nice confident, committed and consistent speed. Running at a wall isn't the most comfortable feats, but hey, nothing is ever learned in comfort.
Another debate is whether jumping at the wall or treating it like a warped wall or half pipe will get you higher up the wall. Jumping at the wall (a redirected stride/precision jump) proves to be the better technique by an inch or so due to the wall run relying primarily on run up speed and friction. Jumping at the wall simply changes the relation between your center of mass at foot placement at time of impact. By raising the center of mass prior to impact it becomes much easier to transfer your momentum upwards."
Differences in foot placement?
The Tic Tac Checklist
- Wall Run, Cat Leap and Precision! These three movements will ensure a faster understanding and progression whilst playing with the Tic Tac.
- Your speed, angle of approach and foot placement will allow for optimal grip.
- Take all movements a step at a time, be sure to spot the location your foot is meeting the wall until it makes contact. Then quickly assess how much power will need to be used to achieve your Tic Tac's goal.
- Remember to step off the wall like it is HOT! As your foot contacts the wall be sure to "step up" similar to a stair while your opposite/outside knee and arms drive towards the direction you wish to travel.
- Trial and error is a component to learning something new, but don't try the same thing twice expecting a different result...that is the definition of insanity. Focus on your technique, try different distances and heights, and ask question. (Did I have enough speed? Was my foot high enough? Did I stay on the wall too long? Etc.)
- You are always practicing, and what you practice persists. If you slouch, you are getting better at slouching. If you sleep all day, you are getting better at sleeping all day. If just getting a skill to say you have it is good enough then it will remain good enough.