Climb a wall with bare hands: technique and tips

We conclude the discussion on how to climb a 2.5m wall of rock; if we have followed all the instructions we should have a good physical preparation and the ability to manage, evaluate and avoid possible dangers.

Before starting:

  • Let’s do some stretching and warming exercises
  • Let’s do some running tests on the wall without climb
  • Let’s study the type of grip and the most favorable points to refer to
  • Let’s condition our bodies to the idea of detachment with some tests with the 20-25kg jilet

The run:

  • We have to start running slowly and then, as we approach, begin to make leaps with more power and speed
  • We have to use the arms to give us a boost, direct the power and at the same time to be in a protective and consistent contact position

The climb:

  • At the first contact we have to press against the wall and give us vertical momentum (only with the fingers of the non-dominant foot)
  • The foot should be perpendicolar to the ground, if we tilt it we lose power
  • If the contact is correct we not feel any impact noise, if we feel we are wasting energy in the wall
  • Immediately, after the first, we must get the other foot, then the non-dominant hand and finally the dominant one (everyone has to give a 100% vertical thrust)
  • The hardest part is the third step on the wall, we need great speed, power, reflexes and coordination (if the wall is not high, there are no third steps)
  • The last step allows us to extend the dominant hand and grasp the upper edge of the wall
  • After that we must not break the movement, to get the other hand we have to give a boost with the whole body to bring our elbows on the edge
  • The final phase, if we have done a proper training is consequential, we elevate ourselves with the help of arms and legs
  • Once carried the chest on the edge, we pass to the abdomen, knees, feet and finally we rise with the rest of the body

Final notes:

  • With this method we can climb also high walls (but it’s better to start with a 2m)
  • This is one of many techniques, it is not the only one
  • The first times is normal to lose power, be unable to coordinate movements, fluidity and consequentiality
  • If we continue to fail let’s not despair, we have return to fortify our body
  • If we fall we must cushion the most as we can the falling bowing us on knees in a harmonious and flexible way
  • If we feel pain, fatigue or general malaise we have to stop exercising immediately
  • Once gained a good technical and physical skills we can act on an ever-complex conditions (eg. decrease the run-up, etc.)

We are not free runner, we develop these kind of ability with the idea of self defence (escaping), stamina and agility developement.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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