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How to learn Parkour moves

Understanding how to learn Parkour moves correctly can be a great time saver on the long run. Depending on what you are trying to learn, you can spend from one day to a whole week, or month to learn a Free running or Parkour move.

There are a few steps that you can take in order to master a movement faster. Here are a few tricks that you can use to speed up things:

Visualize the movement in your head

The more you try to visualize how to perform a move, the more you will understand how your body behaves when performing it. Mental preparation is an important step in learning how to perform a Parkour or Free running move.

Try to break down the movement into smaller ones and remember the stages it is comprised of. This will help you see why and where you failed each time and will help you figure out ways to improve it.

Condition your body for the movement

Try to strengthen the parts of the body that will bear the load. If you are learning a side-flip you will definitely need to condition your legs. If you are trying to improve your cat-leap or handstand, you will want to work on your arms more.

Conditioning your body also give you confidence and help you get over your fear of performing the movement. Usually, a few days of hard conditioning, with the appropriate recovery days in between, will give you the boost you need to nail the trick or vault.

Practice with a friend

The first time is always harder to execute a move on your own. So, try to have a friend help or support you for more confidence. If you are going to learn the back-flip, for example, you might want him to put his hand on your back, to give you an extra spin, if necessary. Or if you are trying to learn a side flip, have a friend bend over, so you can jump over him, without fear of falling on your head.

It’s recommended to have with you a friend with some experience in the movement you are trying to learn. This way, he’ll be able to spot your mistakes more easily and correct them with some advice.

What’s your advice on learning new Parkour moves?

  1. Christian

    November 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Hey, I’m from the US and I’m pretty new to parkour and I’m looking for a good teacher. Any ideas?

    • nyzaiah

      December 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      I’m good at parkour but I only know the basics and I want to learn more advanced moves. Any ideas?

  2. chierre gates

    December 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    parkour is really awesome i love doing it helps me with my exercise.

    • Dan Dinu

      December 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Chierre,

      Thanks for taking the time to reply. I’d also love to hear about your exercise.

  3. Matt Wong

    January 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Wow…thanks for this rich resource! This is a really good find, especially some of these articles on philosophy behind parkour. The Silent Parkour article was especially neat.

    • Dan Dinu

      January 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Hi Matt,

      I’m glad you found them useful. Don’t forget to drop by for more. 🙂

  4. jayden clifford

    April 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    thanks for the great tips. i am new to the sport and i got in to it when i saw it on youtube one day. this sport is very challenging but i think i can do it

  5. Jordan

    May 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Parkour is a great sport I’m new to it and still figuring out landing and rolls but vaults are easy for me this site really helps

    • Dan Dinu

      May 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Jordan,

      Glad you find the resources useful. If you’re a beginner I suggest you read the Parkour conditioning section of the blog. You’ll find may exercises to strengthen your body there.

  6. Abhijit kamble

    May 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi, I’m from India and I’m looking for a good teacher in India. Any ideas?

  7. Lefty Tomes

    July 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Wow this helped a lot!! Gonna start reading here a lot more often..

  8. Osama Mazher

    October 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I want to learn parkour where can I found a teacher to teach me.
    I live in Pakistan,Karachi???

  9. deepak dorawal

    February 28, 2015 at 7:30 am

    hello. ..
    i want to learn parkour at home or anywhere.can you give me right direction about this. i am from india

    • Dan Dinu

      February 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Hey Deepak,

      The best way to learn if you’re a beginner is to try and find a local group to train with. This is also a fun way to make friends and learn faster. If you’re just beginning I suggest you try and do some conditioning exercises first. Try these conditioning exercises

  10. john

    July 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    hi just need to learn how to do a sideflip,backflip and frontflip any ideas

  11. Hasibul Hasan

    September 24, 2015 at 7:32 am

    hi,,,it is anik from bangladesh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, how can i get a teacher to learn parkour

  12. Bob Jones

    October 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm


  13. Matthew Garret

    October 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I’m doing very good stuff with some of this info like stopping TEMPLARS!!!!!!!

  14. Ezio Auditore de Firenze

    October 28, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    wow me too

  15. Tom

    January 8, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I was good at vaults before I even knew what parkour was

  16. sammy

    January 21, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    was not able to find out the problem with my parkour but this made it less worse

  17. Nash Rich

    February 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn Parkour, but I don’t know if I’ve got the guts to do anything crazy. I think I’m well conditioned, because I used to be a gymnast so I have that plus. I liked the tip of practicing with a friend. My friend and I were trying to learn and I don’t think I would have done anything without him pushing me. Thanks for the tips.

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  19. sina

    September 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    All parkour movement are dependent on just first time that you do it correctly Because our mind need to be coordinated and referenced by space and our body position

  20. Bryson Sheldon

    March 29, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Hey, I’m a kid from Canada SK SK I really would like to learn how to do basic parkour moves faster but I can just do little jumps and ideas on good teachers that can teach 11 yr olds because I really want to impress my friends and some girls I like at school and I want to compete


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