Video Series: Instructional Videos in Using Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts: Humble Beginnings

In this video, Kevin Barret, a professional and expert when it comes to jumping stilts, shared his expertise with the stilts. Before starting with any kind of instruction, Barret started with helping viewers and enthusiasts understand the origins of jumping stilts. Jumping stilts started as important equipment for drywall installation and painting high commercial and residential surfaces. Unlike ladders, stilts allow the person to walk and move while more than a couple of feet above the ground. This allow the person to have two hands free to grab the drywall or paint. Nowadays, the stilts used for drywall installation are less complex than jumping stilts. With jumping stilts, a person would be able to perform acrobatics and leaps. If Kevin Barret discovered and got hooked with jumping stilts because of a commercial, there are numerous of other people who found passion with jumping stilts because of extreme sports.


Jumping Stilts And Their Features

Kevin Barret, an expert in jumping stilts and a full time magician and performer in fairs, parties and other venues, introduced the different parts and features of the jumping stilt in this video.  Understanding the different parts of the jumping stilts would be able to help in using them.  There are three straps in a jumping stilt, one for securing the front and back of the foot, and another strap for securing the knee.  Jumping stilts also have calf support which makes jumping easier.  Some would wrap towels around them or duct-tape it, to secure the calf support.  Another important part of the stilts is the control lever which also goes around the front of knee, also providing stability. The fibreglass spring is also another part discussed by Barret.  The fibreglass spring should match the weight of the user.  Another important part is the peg which should always be in good condition.  The peg is the part which is always in contact with the ground.  The bolt connecting the pegs should always be checked, and they should never worn out to provide proper traction.


Jumping Stilts: Safety First

Jumping stilts are no longer just for acts in various events. There are extreme sports where jumping stilts are used for running and bouncing while competing with other athletes.  In this video, Kevin Barret emphasized on the importance of safety and using protective equipment when using jumping stilts.  One of the basic protective gear is the helmet.  It is also important to have wrist guards, since it is common to fall in this kind of sport.  Plastic wrist guards offer better support than guards made of cloth. Shin and knee guards are also important to protect your knees when running or jumping for long hours.  There are different sport shops where you would be able to purchase good guards and pads.  When purchasing safety equipment, just make sure not to sacrifice quality because of the cost of the gear.


Adjusting Your Jumping Stilts

Kevin Barret is a professional when it comes to using jumping stilts.  Not only used to perform circus tricks or as an entertainment in different events and venues, jumping stilts are also becoming popular in the world of extreme sports.  It is important to adjust these stilts properly so they would be able to be used comfortably and lessen the risks of injuries.  To adjust the jumping stilts, it is important to have the control bar right below the knee.  The control lever which is above the knee level could cause serious injuries since the person using it would not have enough flexibility required when running or walking.  Using the Allen wrench tools, Barret performed or showed how the four bolts could be adjusted in the video.  Removing the bolts would allow the lever to be moved up or down.


Your First Step: Getting On Jumping Stilts

There are different kinds of jumping stilts on the market. If you have decided on buying jumping stilts, then it is important to learn about them, price range and of course, the manufacturers or retailers.  Kevin Barett, in this video, taught enthusiasts on how to get on the jumping stilts which is the first hurdle after buying your own.  Barett demonstrates with this Expert Village video on how to get on the stilts, and this is by sitting on a chair first that is just tall enough while you have the stilts on. It is important to choose a flat surface and keep the feet parallel with it.  When you get up, you can have a grip on the wall for support.  An important tip from Barett is think that you are walking on a platform, instead of thinking or balancing the wait at the bottom of the stilt.  Once you are comfortable with how your balance and your think that your feet are even and steady, then you could let go of the wall.   Barett advised to let go of the wall once you are comfortable letting it go. Getting on and walking on jumping stilts may take a while to get used to, but practice can definitely help a person get the hang of it.


How to Run On Jumping Stilts

Once you have overcome your fear of standing up or getting on the jumping stilts, the next thing that you should learn about is walking and running. Kevin Barett, a professional when it comes to jumping stilts and on performing for different venues, said that everybody has to let go of the wall sooner or later.  But before you start practicing this, it is important that you would be doing this when you are confident about it.  Once walking, the bouncing movement would happen, it is important to take the steps slowly.  To build confidence on the jumping stilts, Barett recommends starting with jogs for about twenty yards everyday. Make sure that you would be practicing on flat surfaces and then gradually increase the distance.  Within a few days, you would be able to run in full strides.


Learn How To Stop On Jumping Stilts

Running and bouncing on jumping stilts are among the basic skills, but nothing is more important than learning how to stop.  In this video Kevin Barett from Expert Village gives out pointers on how to stop on jumping stilts without inflicting injury.  Never lean forward or backward since this could just cause you to fall either way.  When stopping, take advantage of a nearby wall or the help of a person near you. One method of stopping taught by Barett in this video is through the “jump stop.” The person on the stilts will be putting both feet in front and use the springs of the stilt to stop running.  It is important to have enough room and no obstacles when doing this.


Jumping Stilts: Remembering The Basics

Expert Village’s Kevin Barret has been releasing a series of how-to videos for stilt jumping.  The different basics of stilt jumping and walking were discussed in series of videos.  In this particular video, Barret re-emphasizes the need for safety and the use of protective gears when using jumping stilts.  Safety gear would include helmet, arm pads, wrist guards, and knee pads.  Having a friend around when stilt jumping is also another safety precaution, just in case an accident happens.   Part of safety measures would be knowing the surroundings and choosing the right environment to practice your stilt jumping.  Aside from flat surfaces, Barret warned beginners and enthusiasts from walking on grass and dirt.  He also recommended Poweriser.com as an excellent source of information on how to use jumping stilts.