Parkour Specifically

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7 Responses

  1. Sean says:

    Great article Res.

    I like the fact that you didn’t shy away from defining the word. It will force people to dig deep and find out what Parkour really means to them.

    Some might think that it will segment the community, where clans will form around different definitions. But I believe it will have the opposite effect..

    “We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t” Frank A. Clark

    I’m looking forward to seeing Parkour grow from all your efforts.

  2. philips says:

    it’s sad what’s happening to parkour, back in the day we just went out and had fun. nobody had the need to be forming the definitions and stuff. that is one of the reason why I still train but not in the community anymore.

  3. Niels says:

    Hi, I liked reading this article. It makes me happy that traceurs stop and think about the sport once and a while and share thoughts and ideas. Hence why I like reading parkour blogs. It is invaluable to the evolution of the sport.

    I read an article on the parkour generations blog, http://parkourgenerations.com/le-parkour-overview/ , where parkour was defined as

    “the refinement of one’s body movement during the interaction with one’s environment as one progresses though it”

    It captured my attention and I thought it to be a good definition, as it has most of the aspects listed in this post. It also is broad enough to encompass every sub style of parkour in my opinion.
    I was wondering what your thoughts were, res or anyone else who bothers answering, about this definition. Do you think it’s a good definition? Do you think it differs much from the one you used at the end of this article?

    I like reading, talking and thinking about this stuff. Thanks for the article.

  4. Aaron Martin says:

    Hey Res,

    I fully respect your opinion on the topic, and believe it’s a rather important one.
    I wrote the original article on Urban Freeflow, yet I believe things in the community could massively change, if practitioners take responsibility for Parkour.

    After all it’s pretty much in our hands to share / create / promote or sustain Parkour in a way that’s most beneficial.
    I don’t think we are there yet, and in fact I believe it’s quite a long way to go to make use of it’s true potential. However, I don’t want to get to airy-fairy about this here.

    I wanted to ask you, wether it’s possible to share this article as Guest Article on Urban Freeflow? Of course fully crediting Origins Parkour and you as author.

    We haven’t met before, but I’ve heard so many positive things about you. I hope to meet, talk and train one day.

    Best,
    Aaron.

    • Rene Scavington says:

      Sorry for the late reply. I didn’t see this comment when it was posted, and just added some notes to the end. I filled out a contact form on urbanfreeflow. I don’t have any problem with the article being reposted, sounds great, go right ahead!

  5. This is now my new favorite Res Says article ever – thank you… great distinctions about the elitist stuff.

  6. Regarding “definition”: For some reason I feel the work “practice” needs to be in there somewhere. Maybe its because I’m self-taught, idk, but for me, prior to actually practicing parkour, I thought it was something people just “did” or knew… Plus, get this: whenever my peers hear my story about finding, then learning what parkour is, and then sharing it with them, so many of them (mostly lifetime martial artists, too, ironically) get somewhat surprised and wind up commenting, “…oh, so parkour is something you actually ‘practice’ bro? You don’t have to already have attributes?”

    It’s as if they thought it was for people who naturally could move a specific way. I don’t think, we’re past that just yet as a community. And this is aside from the “bro-can-you-do-flip-or-what-yet?” that we all still get from time to time (which, for me, the answer is still, “nope”)

    It also (the idea of “practice”) seems to be the only effective way I’ve EVER been able to get someone to train with me, or even consider whats available for them through Parkour (yeah, the “Well, it’s like, uhm…moving from point A to point B” thing wasn’t cutting it) and this element, I believe, sharing the element of “practice”, we might unwittingly take it for granted… the power of enrollment, and influence it has. In fact, at a local corporate park by my academy, it was the word “practice”, that intrigued a mid-30’s security guard, into doing some small curb precision with me, after aggressively asking me, “What are you doing over here? What’s in that water bottle, sir?” etc (wish I had video of that interaction, so cool) for like a couple minutes — this is a couple minuets after, when he originally came over to give me the boot. The “Practice” element of Parkour is what created an opening, is my point, and transformed his Youtubic, default interpretation.

    I know it sounds silly, but it’s curious how even uniformed yet accomplished martial artist I know often are surprised and inspired about the ‘reps’ element of it all. My two cents.

    It is difficult to see how Parkour can shake “equals roof-jumps/flips”… Makes me wonder if Bikram Choudary (from Bikram’s Yoga) had the same struggle, when he was handing out flyers in Los Angeles and people said, “So it’s a stretching class in a hot room; got it.” And if you’ve ever read Bikrams rants, he gets furious when people think Yoga is stretching lmao.

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