Turn vaults are among one of the most commonly used as well as one of the most necessary vaults to learn at an early stage. Turn vaults place the Traceur or Traceuse on the opposite side of an object in the cat position ready to dismount to the next obstacle or ground. They are commonly applied to rails, fences, ledges, normally on the edge of a drop or side of an obstacle. Turn vaults provide a fast, but safe, way to move onto the outside or edge of an obstacle, maintaining forward progression.
- Approach the obstacle as if you were to perform a basic side vault
- Once you begin the vault, one hand and arm will remain stationary, the arm with the underhand grip, while the other arm will turn. The arm that turns has the overhand grip
- As you rotate 180 degrees to the other side of the obstacle, you want to finish as if you just landed a cat leap (legs and knees bent arms above your head)
- Dismount the obstacle, then land appropriately (such as the safety tap or Parkour roll)
There are a number of ways to come out of a turn vault. One is to simply drop to the surface below. Launching out to another obstacle (cat to cat) or away from the object that you turn vaulted, continuing left or right along the outside of the obstacle, or even pop vaulting back towards the direction whence you came are all options as well.
Turn vaults are vital moves which should be practiced frequently. Beginners who are still learning vaults in general should take extra time to practice this move until they have it just right. Practice the rotation on a handrail or something similar, one with no drop and a flat landing surface. Learning to land with your feet vertical on the obstacle will come naturally with practice. First learn the rotation. After you are confident with your rotation, practice landing close to the obstacle, and then later with your feet on the obstacle or as close as you can and ending in the cat position. Turn vaults are intended to be swift but safe, so remember not to put extra momentum behind the vault. The entire move should have a nice flow, without hesitation, at a controlled, safe speed.