How to Doubleleg

May 6, 2014 Training

A jump where the legs are brought straight up together and arc over.  The jump takes off and lands on both feet together.

How to Doubleleg video:

Here is a popular video I did in 2005 for the Doubleleg.

Methods of learning a Doubleleg

There are a few methods of learning a doubleleg.

Bent knee Doubleleg

This method is very effective and I used it with great success.  What you do is try the doubleleg except you keep your knees bent.  It’s easier to doubleleg when only half of your legs are moving through.  Training the doubleleg this way makes it easier to jump and save yourself if you mess up the move.  You get used to perfecting your takeoff and air awareness without having to deal with the doubleleg in full.

Doubleleg over stuff

This method works for a lot of people.  Set up a barrier you can doubleleg over.  Do this at a gym where there are lots of foam structures and blocks. Preferably something you can roll over.

Sectional gymnastics mat

A sectional gymnastic mat

Find a bunch of mats and crap at a gymnastics gym to stack up.  The higher the better.  You want it high enough so that you have to “jump” up to it.  If it’s lower than your neck height it’s too low.  Once you build something out of your mats, keep jumping up and rolling over it.  Try doing this with your knees bent (the bent knee method explained above).

360 kick turned into a Double leg

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One of these is a 360 kick at takeoff and one of these is a double leg at takeoff. Which is which?

If the above picture doesn’t spark interest it should.  Notice how at the beginning of both my 360 kick and my Double leg, my body is in pretty much the same position when both my feet leave the ground.  This should give you a clue to how important the 360 kick is as a prerequisite for the double leg.  In fact, I’ll go so far as to say the people with the BEST double legs all learned it using their 360 kick as their foundation.

Go learn a 360 kick here.

To turn your 360 kick into a double leg, simply start landing your 360 kick on the kicking leg.  Then modify it to become a feilong kick (which is a 360 kick landed on the kicking leg with an inside kick with the other leg before landing).  Finally, begin putting the feet together in the air.  Practicing your double leg this way, combined with the methods of bent-knee double’legging and using mats to jump and roll over will have you double legging soon enough.

How to Double leg step by step:

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I will be doing the double leg toward my left side.

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Double leg needs some momentum. I use a run up shuffle.

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Step forward.

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Man, I made a lot of slides for parts of the setup I don’t need to explain haha.

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Pay attention to where I’m looking.

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I suppose you could describe the “shuffle step” I use as sort of a “gallop pounce”. I actually modeled it off an old-school trickster: Cody from Tricks R Us.

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Notice where I’m looking.

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When you jump to grab the rim of a basketball goal what do you do? You dig down and then rebound up. Same concept except I shuffle stepped. Also bring your arms up.

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Alright, and now for THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE DOUBLE LEG. Notice where I’m looking and where my chest and stomach are facing. See how I’m getting ready to jump but I’m trying to keep my upper body facing forward. This is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for double legging.

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Why is it essential to keep eye contact and your torso facing your front target as long as possible? Because when you delay like that it’s like pulling back the rubbers of a slingshot. Or winding up to pitch a ball. All that TORQUE is with held for the very end, right before the jump.

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So when you begin jumping you are unleashing that potential power you built in your setup by delaying the rotation of your upper body and eye contact.

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Please note: Even though the double leg usually looks like the body is horizontal it SHOULD NOT be intended. You should focus on keeping your body up as straight as you would when you 360 kick. When the legs come up the body will automatically tilt. If you put any intention into trying to get horizontal you will double leg low and it will look ugly. And you may not even finish the trick. Keep your body UP and keep it STRAIGHT.

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When you double leg DO NOT try to bring your legs up. The ideal way of double legging is to jump UP and keep your body UPRIGHT. When this happens, at this point of the trick, the legs, because they were left behind, will try to “catch back up” with the rest of the body. This is actually what makes the double leg work.

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Now the legs are trying to catch back up. I’m not even trying to pull them, they do it automatically because of the body position I created.

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Now, because my legs are catching back up, they push my body back so it begins to look “horizontal” to some degree.

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At this point of the trick best practice is to do two things. First, try to bring your arms around together in a circle. I’m not doing it here but check the example video at the top of the page. Next, simply tighten up your body: kind of like a whole body flex.

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If you can get the double leg to this point you will win. 100% of people who fail the double leg fail at the very beginning. There is no way you can do everything right up to this point and fail unless gravity changes somehow.

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When you land, try to get your chest back up quickly for the best aesthetic and because it helps lead to other tricks to combo.

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The end.

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Hello there. I’m Jujimufu.

Jujimufu’s primary tips for Double leg success:

  • Keep your body and focus toward the front as long as possible before jumping.
  • When you jump, try to jump UP.  Keep your body UPRIGHT.
  • Do not try to bring your legs up.
  • Focus on getting your setup progressing in a way where your legs come up automatically.
  • Your legs should come up automatically, you shouldn’t have to bring them up.
  • When learning the double leg focus more on getting up high instead of clearing objects.
  • Don’t worry about making your body horizontal.  That happens automatically.
  • Bring your arms around and through.
  • Try to get your arms close to your body as your legs begin to rise.

My experience with the Double leg:

I was watching a lot of Yellwboy’s clips when I decided I wanted the double leg. I printed out his tutorial, and worked myself into it in steps. I started doing a bent knee double leg. I followed all the instructions except I kept my knees bent.  It worked great!  Finally I started working with my legs straight just like a double leg. It wasn’t hard, it was kind of cool. I simply payed attention to my technique a lot, and took it in small steps.

9 comments

  1. Gevangenis says:

    After all that muscle gain, since 2004. Dont you notice a decline in flexibilty and in the height of your jumps?

    • Jon Call says:

      No and no. The thing I notice is a large decline in my ability to rebound in tricks (swing through, miss legs, things like that). And a large decline in my ability to spin. Which of course means worse tricks, but then again my goal isn’t maximum tricking, it’s balancing a personally acceptable level of tricking with a great physique.

  2. Kris says:

    I really want to know where you got that awesome pants from?!

  3. Kris says:

    Weeeeew nice! Thanks for the reply 🙂 What size is the one you are wearing! Really need to get my hands on one!

    • Jon Call says:

      XL. I’m 5″11. They run long and go down past my heels which makes them a bit harder for tricking but they look cool and have TONS of flexibility at that size. Also, if they really do get annoying you can take a wrist sweat band and bind up the leg fabric at the bottom of the leg using the wrist wrap, and it still looks cool that way too.

  4. Taegashi says:

    I will say that this has always been the most difficult trick for me to do mostly due to back flexibility, but really if you follow what is written, it’ll come out right. Other big obstacle to overcome is just have faith that it’ll come out if you do everything right from the start.

  5. Josiah says:

    Do the pants up your tricking powers? 😀

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