5 Conclusion

The sampling of expert knowledge regarding the kong vault has provided a broad yet detailed overview of a movement that can be performed with a high degree of variability within a dynamic range of environments. Subsequent analysis of this overview has led to the development of a deterministic model intended to assist in the understanding of the kong vault in application to highly individual or situational outcomes, rather than comprehensively prescribing objective performance. The model positions the kong vault as consisting of distinct take-off, obstacle contact, and flight phases, each with their own variations within but allowing subsequent connection to any following landing or movement. Flight is primarily determined by the actions taken in the take-off and obstacle contact phases, with obstacle contact itself making only moderate changes to an already existing projectile arc but expressing a greater change in angular momentum of the athlete. The optimal outcome of the kong vault can therefore be considered as achieving a projectile arc and body position that effectively places the traceur in as advantageous position as possible to efficiently and consistently perform a given landing or movement.