On Injury & Error
The point of both parkour & climbing is simply “do not fall”. If the challenge is to conquer an obstacle, to ‘send’ it, then falling is the losing condition. Climbers and traceurs alike train hard to not fall, but to believe you never will is folly. Rather, we need to train to fall. Both of these sports are dangerous, and as such, falls can result in serious injuries....
I Choose Sport, Not Elitism
Search tags “parkour” any day of the week, and chances are you’ll see a post or quote or picture reading: “I’m so tired of people calling parkour an extreme sport…” or “Parkour is not a sport it’s a discipline!” Really guys? Is this so important to you? I’ve seen posts go on about being offended, offended by someone calling...
A Time & A Place
Parkour, as it’s meant to be practiced, is an outdoor sport; you utilize your (natural) urban environment to train. This means parkour can be done, in form or another, practically anywhere. It also means you’re going to run into problems with the public eventually. Whether it’s people walking through your line, sitting around on the walls you want to jump, or being pulled up by...
While I’ve only been practising parkour for a few months now, I came into it from a fairly athletic background. I weight train, I run, and I rock climb, so I already had a bit of strength and confidence in my body to build on. Not that I’m good, but I understood the basics well enough to actually start and be successful with my early training. To the point where now passers-by can...
Noone Owns Parkour
“I created and alone decided to put a K in Parkour, that is now used in every possible way” - David Belle* Parkour is a young sport (or discipline, i’ll deal with this later), so much so that it’s founder is still one of the main players on the scene. This makes “ownership” a touchy subject, especially as “Parkour” continues to grow not just in...
Parkour is Srs Bzns
”Practicing Parkour isn’t about fun, with piercings everywhere, green or purple hair or nice shoes. It’s unnecessary. In Parkour, if the guy understands why he’s here, why he’s doing these movements, that’s great. If he learns to cross obstacles without hurting himself, that’s what really matters. ” - David Belle There are so many quotes like this on parkour; it’s not a...
I’m stealing a Parkour Generations post idea here, but it was short and boring and didn’t do justice to such a great pun. Let me sum up that article: “Stop commenting on parkour videos saying we look “free”. We’re not. You’re an idiot.” Can’t headdesk enough. What the author is really taking umbrage to is the “empty word” that is...