A tic-tac involves using an obstacle to "gain position" on another obstacle. For instance if you want to jump over a wall that is too high, but there is a bench you can jump to first, then you could "Tic-Tac" off the bench to clear the wall. A Tic-Tac can also be done off a wall to change direction or to clear an object that couldn't be cleared from the ground. This technique is commonly used to overcome a low object or gap, to vault a higher object, or leading into a cat leap.

Tic-Tac Frame 1

First, run towards the wall at about a 45 degree angle while looking at the spot on the wall where you will place your foot. You don't need a lot of speed; a brisk jog is fine to start out. The greater the angle the more "stick" you will have to the wall, the shallower the angle, the greater distance you will cover across the wall

Tic-Tac Frame 2

Leap off the ground with one leg; the other leg extended up towards the wall. Lean away from the wall slightly so you don't just run smack into it. Try getting as high up as possible on the wall while maintaining a solid step.

Tic-Tac Frame 3

When your front foot makes contact with the wall, most of your weight should be on the ball of your foot. Begin absorbing as your leaping leg comes forward but don't absorb too much or you will take a lot of the punch out of the leap down. Also the angle of your foot on the wall will vary depending on what comes after the tic tac but generally the direction of the toes will range from 9:00 to 12:00.

Tic-Tac Frame 4

Looking at your landing spot, kick off the wall powerfully while bringing your other leg up bent in front of you. Also, straighten your body up to meet the ground vertically. The term "leap down" is a little misleading because you can often get additional height and distance, so think of it as more of a leap out.

Tic-Tac Frame 5
Follow the steps for any good landing, extending towards the ground to absorb into a crouch or prepare to roll and continue on your way.

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Written by Skynative   
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 14:43
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:48