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Landing to roll or just roll?
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:01:14 PM »
After you jump off a height and into a roll, should you perform a landing to a roll or just go directly into the roll? Hopefully that makes sense  :P.
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Re: Landing to roll or just roll?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2008, 05:48:42 PM »
from some videos i watch i see alot of people land on the front of their feet.. not your heels, they never touch with their heels... and go straight into the roll

that could be horrible form, thats just what i have seen

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Re: Landing to roll or just roll?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2008, 10:43:55 PM »
I am not sure I understand your question, jumping directly into a roll would sound to me like I dive roll.
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Re: Landing to roll or just roll?
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2008, 12:07:55 AM »
No, you land differently (specifically, more forward), when going into a roll as opposed to a landing that you do not roll out of.
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Re: Landing to roll or just roll?
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2008, 06:00:21 PM »
I've heard that when you land you just lean forward a bit and tuck into the roll.

I'm going to ask the question with more detail. When you jump from about a 5 foot height and want to land feet first and into a roll, do you want to perform a landing and then tuck into the roll or just land with your feet first and roll.
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Re: Landing to roll or just roll?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2008, 09:42:34 PM »
I've heard that when you land you just lean forward a bit and tuck into the roll.

I'm going to ask the question with more detail. When you jump from about a 5 foot height and want to land feet first and into a roll, do you want to perform a landing and then tuck into the roll or just land with your feet first and roll.
What you do not want to do is this: During the landing when your feet come in contact with the ground absorb with bending knees and immediately swinging arm under to roll.
some people see rolling from high jumps like that.
What I think you should do is  this: When you land at the moment your feet touch the ground use your legs as a spring and spring foreward into the roll.
Harder to explain but it is a better way to keep your foreward momentum.
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Re: Landing to roll or just roll?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2008, 02:06:46 PM »
With everyone's interpretations of the questions I'll give it a shot too.

When dropping from height and planning to go into a roll you do not want to land, absorb all the impact with your legs, then roll.  If you do it like that, the roll with do nothing except add a little flair to your roll. 

You want to use your legs more like a spring to redirect your body from vertical motion to horizontal.  Just as they hit the ground, push yourself forward, kind of like a spring would.  Don't absorb too much because that will turn into what I described above, too little and you'll crumple to the ground.  It'll take time and practice to figure it out.  Hope that helped though.

For thorough advice, check Levi's advanced roll tutorial http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/2260/305/
Make sure you have a good basic understanding of the roll before you try some of the things he goes over here.
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