This tutorial is a trimmed down version of the full tutorial which will be available on the Tribe Tutorial DVD. After the DVD is released we will begin to publish the full versions on the website.
The Cat Leap can very well be the keystone of a fluid run. Performing it can easily make or break your rhythm depending on the execution. For a beginner, this may be one of the more “attractive” techniques to learn, but it is commonly mistaken as something with much less detail and precision than is demanded for a clean cat leap.
1. To begin a standing Cat Leap, go to the end of the takeoff ledge and face both feet towards the destination wall.
2. Squat down and swing your arms backwards as if you were starting any other leap moving forward.
3. From that position, begin to extent your legs with force
When both legs and arms are fully extended, positioned at a 45 degree angle, the force that your legs created and the momentum that your arms created should cause you to jump in the proper direction. While in the air, position your legs so they are in front of your body because they will be the first to impact on the destination wall. Your arms should begin to reach for the top of the destination wall, or whatever is there for a good hand hold.
Having your legs way out in front of you and being the first to come in contact with the wall, they must absorb the forward momentum as you reach for the wall with your hands. With your legs compressing against the wall, put your hands on the top corner of the wall’s ledge. Your fingers will be on the top of the wall, and the palms of your hands will be on the vertical side of the corner. It is very important that you tuck your legs to get your body as close to the wall as possible.
From there, you are ready to pull yourself to the top of the wall. This technique takes a lot of strength training and technique when done properly. It focuses on upper body strength to arrive on top of the wall.
With your legs tucked and your hands gripping firmly on the top, dig your toes into the wall and take advantage of grip on the bottom of your shoe. Extend your legs pushing your body upward, while simultaneously pulling your body with your arms. A good grip with your feet will relieve much force that your arms will endure, and strong arms will make up for any lack of grip that the wall may have.
As your arms pull your body up, they will get to a point where your shoulders are above your hands and the pulling motion needs to be converted into a pushing motion. The easiest way to do that is as soon as you reach the point where your shoulders are higher than the wall, create a quick motion placing your entire hand on the very top of the wall. Your elbows will not be pointing away from your body on either side, and your finger tips will be facing a point directly in front of your face. From there, you are ready to extend your arms and put your body the rest of the way up.
While you are pushing up, lean your upper body over the top of the wall. This will create the center of gravity above the wall so you won’t fall backwards. As more of your body gets above the top ledge, lean farther forward
With arms and legs fully extended and about half your body is above the top of the wall, you are now ready to pull your feet up. Simply bend and raise your legs and place the on top of the wall one at a time, or bring them over the wall depending on the obstacle. Stand up, and you have completed a Cat leap!