Another Séb video, because WHY NOT!
It’s good to see some parkour done in the real old school, “escaping” style. It’s clear that this isn’t Séb training; he’s actually practicing parkour, which isn’t seen too often in today’s videos. There are no huge precisions or cats; those would take too long. He’s doing it. No hesitation, no waiting. All efficiency and quick movement.
Watch the positioning of his feet as he jumps. At 0:17, 1:19, 1:30, and 2:48, you can see that his feet and legs are more opened and pointed outward than many jumps you see in current videos.
I wonder if this is just the way that’s most comfortable for him to jump, or if there’s some other reason for it. It looks like he’s being propelled forward instead of just dropping.
His landings are interesting, too.
This drop was pretty much straight down. He appears to take the impact about 60% with his legs, 40% with his arms. This is probably because of his massive upper-body power, which can also be seen in how quickly he does climb-ups from cats and wallruns. Still, I can’t help but wonder if the arms are underutilized when it comes to absorbing drops.
One more thing: the frequency with which he uses speed vaults.
The majority of vaults used in today’s videos are kongs. But Séb and David Belle and a lot of the Yamakasi use speed vaults a lot, far more than most traceurs today. I wonder if the reason for that is rooted in the inherent quickness of the speed vault or the fact that most of the obstacles on which they trained were the perfect size and height for speeds, and so that’s the one they became most familiar with. That’s pure conjecture, but it’s fun to think about.
It’s good to see Séb back in action.