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Mr. Laz
06-08-2006, 01:29 PM
How to Run up a Wall and Flip


Have you ever seen an action hero star or video game character run towards a wall, take a few steps on it, and flip backwards? Did you silently wish to yourself that you could do the same? Believe it or not, while difficult and dangerous, it IS possible to run up a wall and flip. The move is called a "wall flip". After plenty of training and experience, here are the steps you can take to complete this incredible (and potentially dangerous) move.

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1. Check the condition of the wall to ensure for a sure grip and stable surface.

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2. Run at wallRun at the wall with moderate speed. Looking at the spot you are going to put your feet is very important. When you are learning this move, you'll need more speed, but once you've got it down pat, you can try it with less speed as it becomes easier.

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3. Plant your weaker foot. Plant your weaker foot about a meter away from the wall and keep looking at the spot you're going to place your other foot on the wall. This should be about chest height, although it varies. Start leaning back.

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4. Push into the wall. Push into the wall, looking at the spot where your foot is. The longer you look at it, the higher you will go. Be prepared to start leaning back.

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5. Lean back! This is very important. If you don't lean back, you won't make it round. Aim for the horizontal.

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6. Look at your position. At this point you should be horizontal, with your trailing (stronger) leg thrusting upwards to provide the power of the rotation. This is essential.

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7. Lean head back. Lean your head back also! A general rule of rotations is that your torso follows your head. Arm positioning is not important, and is just dependent on personal preference. Your ankle does a small flick to complete the rotation.

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8. Look at your landing and force your legs around to it. Keep your eyes open to spot it correctly! This is hang time, with a small tuck to control the rotation (tight tuck for a quick rotation, open makes it slow).

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9. Bend your knees to absorb the landing and retain balance. This is a very high impact move, even on grass, so don't overdo it.

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10. Resume running. Practice to do a swift turn-around, or you could do a backwards recovery (which is even worse, but great if you can pull it off).

Focus on becoming horizontal, and really drive that leg skywards to get the rotation over with as quickly as possible.
Supporting (spotting) is important when learning this move - especially for people who are not used to flips.
Start using a wedge shaped mat placed up against a wall with another flat mat below, if possible.
Envisioning making it IS important. If you can't see it happening and put the full effort into it, you probably won't. Have confidence.


The wall flip is inherently dangerous and can cause severe injuries if not well executed. Never attempt to learn this without two trained people who can support your falls. See How to Support a Wall Flip. Before attempting, consider the risks (surface conditions, distance to a medical facility, skill of spotters, previous injuries, etc).

Always remember to make sure that the wall you are doing this on is solid. If it's not, you could easily put your foot into or through it, and if you get your foot caught, you could be dangling upside down with no way of getting your (broken) foot out on your own.

Understand that these directions assume the prior ability of being able to perform a back flip. If you do not know the necessary conditions in which it takes to fully rotate through a successful backflip, do not attempt the wall flip. Learn the back flip first on a trampoline or on some mats. Definitely not concrete!

Always warm up and stretch before attempting.
Seriously, this can be dangerous. Real people have broken their necks and lived the rest of their lives as quadriplegics because they screwed up when they tried this flip. Follow all precautions if you are new at it, and don't try to impress your friends by doing it when you're drunk.

Things You'll Need

Good shoes
A solid wall
Supporters or Spotters(people to help you and make sure nothing goes wrong).
Mats if available

06-08-2006, 01:57 PM
awesome...... thanks...

Not that I'm going outside to try it.... but I've always wanted to know.....

06-08-2006, 02:00 PM
I like how the first picture to, "Check the condition of the wall," shows a guy running full-bore towards it... :)

It looks like you're doing a backflip and just happening to touch a wall in the middle of it.


06-08-2006, 02:10 PM
I tried that drunk on time, fell on right on my thigh. Could of been worse. I guess I was not born for the circus.

06-08-2006, 02:11 PM
I tried that drunk on time, fell on right on my thigh. Could of been worse. I guess I was not born for the circus.

I too have tried this without success. Nice to know I'm not alone in the retard catagory.


06-08-2006, 02:25 PM
This move would be called the "skull smash" if I did it.

06-08-2006, 02:32 PM
I just tried it in my office


06-08-2006, 02:40 PM

el borracho
06-08-2006, 02:45 PM
I would try that but I would want a gymnast or two around to teach and help me.

Ari Chi3fs
06-08-2006, 02:45 PM
Freerunning is becoming a big sensation... does look fun, but there is no ****ing way I do that shit. heh.

Rain Man
06-08-2006, 03:57 PM
This looks easy.