How to do a Kip Up (Tutorial)

Here is a write-up on my Martial Arts Kip Up Tutorial!

Do you want to learn how to jump to your feet like a ninja? Well, I’m here to tell you how! The traditional name for this move is the “Kip Up”, or “Kick Up”. The Kip Up is a very common move that you see people using in their fight scenes, breakdancing routines, and tricking combos, all over the internet. It’s also just a very useful move to know how to do in every day life, once you can perform it smoothly.

The Kip Up is one of the first moves that I learned back when I first started out doing gymnastics (the other first move was The Handstand). So this is a good beginner move to get into your stunt repertoire early on!

Some key points to remember when learning how to do a kip up, are..

Pop off the ground FAST with your hands! Put some muscle into it to make this move effective! You have to want to land it.

Uncoil / Open your hips up to the sky in the middle of the movement! This, combined with a good push, will launch your body up like a spring.

Spread your feet wide, and land on the balls of your feet! If your kip-up is weak, you can still catch yourself on your feet with the proper landing. Something that really helps me think about getting my landings correctly, is to try to do the movement as quietly as possible.

And lastly, with this move..

YOU HAVE TO WANT IT to land it! Just like any gymnastics movement that requires some skill, it won’t happen by itself! At one point you may hit a wall where you know you need to just do do it!

When I first learned the kip up, I taught myself by putting my mattress on the floor in my room. Once I could land it on that, I took my training outside on a slight hill. Then I went to flat grass.. so you can always find the “equipment” you need for you to learn anything! Just be creative. 🙂

Thanks for watching, BE SAFE, HAVE FUN, see you next time!

Rustic Bodomov demonstrating how to do a kip up in his stunt, parkour, gymnastics, martial arts tutorial.

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More how-to videos and tutorials:
Front Handspring
The Handstand
Parkour Roll / Judo Breakfall
Step Vault (Parkour)
Fast 5 Minute Warmup for Tricking, Stunts, and Martial Arts

Have a great day, stay safe, and happy training!


Rustic Bodomov is a Hollywood Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator, who shares his experiences in the action film industry. He also creates instructional and entertainment YouTube content under the name Rustic B

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