Breaking a jump - See you on the other side (克服一道跳躍-我們在對面見)

Breaking a jump. Literally “Casser un saut” in French is a term that has been used since the early days of parkour. What a big topic and a very specific characteristic of parkour. You probably heard of the term, made an experience of it at some point and I think it is worth looking at it with a bit more depth. Beyond the spectacular jump, what is happening beneath the surface and how one can and should benefit from it.

As beginners it is one of the processes that strikes you the most in the beginning. It is very unique to parkour. This moment where you stand facing a jump, your gut tells you (somehow deep down) that you can do it and yet fear comes in and prevent you to act. It also is quite an addictive process since it is a very empowering one, providing a strong sense of achievement after breaking a jump. There was a phase at the beginning of my training where I was spending my days looking for new jumps to break. Literally moving from spots to spots, obsessed and hungry to face fresh jumps. At this stage I remember calling ourselves “jump hunters”.

Why is this so addictive? And how come all parkour practitioners, complete beginners or more advanced can relate to that very particular aspect of parkour? The strive. The quest and battle for self improvement. I see the breaking a jump process as a tool for people who want to be better and improve themselves. This force that drives to not be satisfied with what you have and fight for better. The inner fight, you against versus your demons. To break a jump is the decision to get rid of the unnecessary in order to reach your goal. A very powerful process that, if trained regularly, can be applied to other areas of one’s life.

Zooming in to what is actually happening with the process of breaking a jump I could identify 6 important stages:

1- The call of the Jump: This is your first visual encounter. This is what triggers the rest of the process. You see and you feel that you can. This is the initial connection with the obstacle and you get inspired by the situation. All very much happening on a sense and mind level. Usually if you have the call for a jump it means that you can do it. We do not get a call for a jump when it is about dropping from a 20 meters high building onto the concrete because you know there is not much reflection to have on this. It won’t work. Now if you are quite a sensible person you would usually get attracted by things that are just about out of your comfort zone and that you know can be done.

2- Getting close: Once you think that you can, you usually have that need to get in touch and familiar with your new “friend”. Have a closer look, touch and feel the texture, evaluate the distance and potential dangers of the situation. An in-depth assessment.

3- Welcoming the fear: As you did 1 and 2 it all becomes more real. This is happening. And as it gets real, fear comes in and creates a different dimension to the situation. Deep breath, this is part of the process. As we know fear is a natural and healthy emotion, how you handle it though is up to you. I see material for growth with fear.

4- Visualisation – The inner fight: So you now have a situation; a jump you think and feel you can do as well as the fear of not making it right and the consequences that come with it. Battle is on, time to clear your mind and put things in order. Visualisation is a powerful medium to achieve successfully any tasks and in this particular scenario, getting you where you want to be. Think more about what is right over what could be wrong is one of the obvious key here. Your mind will refuse the truth: You can. It will play tricks and try convincing you otherwise. But remember step 1, it is most likely that if you had that call in the first place it means you can make it.

5- Decision: At some point you need to make a decision. You must commit. If all the steps before have been respected it should be a strong and solid decision. The kind of decision that will not change in the air, in the middle of the jump but straight from the first step it will show confidence in motion. That decision must be free of doubt and fear at this point. At least with practice and time that is what you want to be able to do. A calm and stable decision is worth more than the trick of using adrenaline to fill up the unanswered parts of the process.

6- Action – See you on the other side: Time to go. All of the above is incomplete without that final point. The last step that glues all the parts into something physically manifesting. Most of the process happens on a conscious level, in the mind, and then lead to that short physical and concrete expression. I always look at a person before and after the jump. In my early days of parkour we used to believe that each jump or obstacle passed and that required much effort was making us better. You are a slightly different person on the other side, in the sense that you faced all those steps and overcome them to reach your goal.

In short, breaking a jump is a process that YOU initiate which presents a situation challenging your limits and taking you out of your comfort zone. It will reveal fears and doubts that you will eventually address, face and overcome to gain more confidence and self understanding. It reveals your potential through the process of seeing, feeling, visualising, deciding and acting. As you keep training that principle, not only do you develop physical abilities, you also sync your mind with the task and train your mind to be programed to reaching your goal. It goes hand in hand. Every time there is a physical action, there is a mental challenge connected to it.

Although it is a big part of parkour, a unique and specific trait of it, one can not only focus on that only aspect and neglect the other ones. Jump hunting is an interesting phase to go through but parkour is a more diverse and rich discipline.

That said, breaking a jump is a powerful tool to stimulate body and mind, putting you in a challenging situation in line with your need and growth path. Do it regularly or get comfy.

Original source:

克服一道跳躍(Breaking a jump), 法文為”Casser un saut”是在法國早期Parkour時常被使用的術語.是Parkour運動極為重要的一大課題以及具體特色.


作為初學者它是你剛開始學習Parkour最常遇見的課題,它是Parkour獨一無二之處,當你站上去面對跳躍的此刻,內心深處的膽量告訴你做得到,但恐懼卻出現阻止你的行動. 這也是會令人上癮的過程,因為這個過程讓你變得強大,在克服跳躍後獲得巨大的成就感.當我還在新手階段的時候,經常花費一整天的時間東奔西跑找尋新的跳躍點,十分著迷與渴望挑戰全新體驗的跳躍.在這個階段我記得我們稱自己為跳躍獵人(Jump Hunters)


內在聲音爭戰,你對抗你自己…..你對抗自己的心魔. 去突破一道跳躍是一個決斷:拋下不必要的雜音以達成自己的目標.是一個強大的過程,如果經常地實踐這種練習,它能夠被活用到生命的其他領域


1 第一個階段-跳躍的呼喚


2 第二個階段-越來越接近: 一旦你意識到自己能做到,你通常都會有需要去接觸及熟悉你的新”朋友”,近距離觀察,觸摸及感覺那質感,測量距離,評估當下情況的潛在危險.做一個深入地調查評估

3.第三個階段-歡迎恐懼降臨: 當你執行了第一和第二階段後,一切變得更真實,它真的要發生了,當它變得更真實具體時恐懼會進入你身體,並且在當下的情境創造不同的次元空間.深呼吸,這是其中一個過程,因為我們知道恐懼是自然且健康的情感,如何處理恐懼是全在於你的選擇.對我來說我視恐懼為成長的材料

4.第四個階段-可視化―內心爭戰 :


5.第五個階段-決定: 在某個時刻你必須做出決定,你必須決心執行,如果之前所有的步驟你都已經遵循了,這個決定應該是非常堅決明確的.這種決定不會在空中突然改變,不會在跳躍中途消失,信心會從你的第一個動作顯露出來,在跳躍啟動的同時這個決定必須沒有任何疑慮和恐懼.在時與日進的練習中這是你想要習得的能力. 比起用腎上腺素填補未獲得肯定解答的空白過程,一個冷靜和穩定的決定絕對更值得你倚靠




雖然它是Parkour中很重要的一個部分,它獨特而富特殊性,但練習者不可以只專注在一個層面上而忽視其他面向. 去經歷”跳躍獵人”是一個有趣的階段,但是parkour是更多元化和豐富的訓練


中文由Tai & Melody 翻譯

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