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, 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.