Step Vault Tutorial for Parkour Beginners

Hey everyone, I made another tutorial! When I teach beginners parkour I like to start with the step vault, as it is an easy movement to master quickly. Also, it’s an important prerequisite to several other movements in Parkour and Freerunning (Speed Vault, Lazy Vault, etc).

Anyways, here is a good beginner’s way of learning the Safety Vault! (also known as the Step Vault). Make sure you start with a good dynamic warmup to get your blood going before training!

As you can see, the step vault is a pretty simple parkour move.. but as with any style of body movement, you will keep learning from this well into your training. Make sure to learn this on both sides, and train both sides equally! If you really want to learn parkour well, you will strive to learn every move on both sides.

The main things to keep in mind for the step vault is to try to do everything with a fluid motion, while paying attention to how much pressure your body is exerting in every step of the movement. I find it helps me greatly to try to do everything as quiet as possible in my training.

Once you get comfortable, try taking off further and further away from the wall. Really use your leading leg to launch yourself up and forward, and have your trailing leg already up ready to glide through as you come down on the wall.

You can make your training a little more interesting, once you’re comfortable with the step vault, by finding something to “precision” land onto afterwards. When I was recording this tutorial, I practiced sticking my landing on the parking blocks you see next to the wall. Remember, try to train everything with gentleness and precision, and the speed and comfort will come naturally!

Hollywood Stuntman Rustic Bodomov, Rustic B, explains the best way to learn a step vault and safety vault in this video tutorial.

Check out some more of my how-to videos and tutorials:
Front Handspring
Kip Up (Jump to Feet)
The Handstand
Parkour Roll / Judo Breakfall
Fast 5 Minute Warmup for Tricking, Stunts, and Martial Arts

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Hope you enjoyed my Step Vault tutorial, and I’ll talk to you guys soon!


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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