A Front Flip is a movement used in Freerunning and tricking. The term "Frontflip" can actually refer to several different types of flip, but always refers to a flip rotates forwards (not necessarily moving forwards; gainers are not considered frontflips whereas losers are). Front Flips have very little practical use in Parkour, (the exception being getting over an obstacle without touching it) but are commonly used Freerunners and Trickers.
Types of FrontflipEdit
- Front tuck The most common variation. Preformed by jumping up, bringing the arms and body down while tucking the knees in tight. Can be used with a run up by blocking.
- Webster A frontflip off of one leg, using the other for upwards momentum (similar to an aerial).
- Front pike Similar to the front tuck, but with straight legs. It is more difficult that the front tuck and is usually used jumping off of something.
- Front layout One of the more difficult variations. The hips and knees are straight, and the back is arched.
- Wall front A frontflip is performed by pushing off of a wall backwards. (Similar to wallflip but instead of back flip its front flip).
- Barani A front layout with a 180 degree twist.
- Front full A front layout with a 360 degree twist.
- Rudy A front layout with a 540 degree twist.
- Front double full A front layout with 720 degree twist.
- Gather Front A front tuck preformed by diving into it rather than blocking.
- Double front One of the hardest freerunning moves. Two consecutive frontflips made in the same jump. Usually preformed jumping off of an object.
- Rayden A frontflip is performed pushing backwards off of a wall with both hands and flipping inwards. (Similar to palmflip but instead of backflip its front flip).
- Devil drop A front inward flip is performed from a cat leap position.
- Wall inward twist A front flip twist is performed in wall front.
- Loser A front flip is performed jumping backwards and inwards. Usually performed off of an object or in tricking line. (Opposite to the gainer).
- Russian Frontflip A front tuck with the arms swinging back and up, in the opposite way the arms move in a backflip.
- When taking off for a frontflip make sure to jump upwards, not forwards. You need as much height as possible.
- Do not punch the ground (stomping hard before takeoff). This method is used by gymnasts, and while it may work on a springy gym floor, on solid ground it will destroy your knees. Instead, try to land softly, then jump upwards.