Ya man, I’m a huge fan. I can’t do much beyond a handstand or flips on trampolines but I’ve seen every video out there. Just saw on today called “Rollercoaster Parkour” where these kids climbed on a rollercoaster at a fair and were jumping from level to level. Complete insanity. Favorite video of all time is the one called “Russian Climbing” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVQNt64PxfE
In that video one of the guys does this backflip from 3, maybe 4 stories up and lands with a smooth back somersault. AWESOME
I always loved it, respect if you can do it. I think its one of those things you would love to do but you know noone who can, not sure how to start and you just don’t go outside and try to run and jump all over the place. But damn cool either way!
Well, I’ve always done gymnastics, when I was a little kid my mom would take me to Motoring Munchkins (chaos of 3 year olds in a gym), then when I was going through elementary school I did gymnastics lessons, then in middle school I changed from gymnastics to trampoline lessons, then in highschool I started working at the gym (grade 10), and when I was about 14 I started going to the open gym night instead of taking lessons. Been going every week, and am now 19. So I’ve been doing that for a long time… In about grade 11 I started looking into parkour, googling stuff, all that jazz, and learned some simple vaults and jumps, then just went for it. Met up with some buds from the gym, and we went out exploring.
I would say that just practicing running is a good start, after that you should get some vaults down, especially speed vaults (side vault one handed), and kong/monkey vaults (both hands on obstacle, knees to chest, feet between hands). Those are my 2 favourite, and the ones I use most. After that, presiscion jumps (two foot takeoff, two foot landing) are really good to. Theoretically, a person should be able to jump his/her height (tips of outstretched fingers to bottom of feet) so that is a good goal to work towards.
There are a lot of gymnasiums that will let you use their foam pits and equipment, which is a great place to practice! Parkour is an art if you ask me, and it has this crazy tendency to help us in the most random situations… The other day I feel down the stairs and rolled out of it at the bottom, saves your body a lot of hurt by transferring the impact throughout your body.
Here’s a cool link explaining it if anyone’s interested:
Pretty sweet stuff!
Haha yea Damien is beast. I’ve always thought the monkey man video was incredible, though it’s more freeclimbing than parkour, I felt it had a place in this thread. I’ve always been fascinated by parkour, it really utilizes the potential we have within our bodies. David’s video was particularly informative.
@ Bryan- I do parkour too! I love it!
@ everyone- PKLA- join it if you’re interested through meetup.org. We meet every Saturday. This Saturday is at UCLA. It’s free and the teachers are amazing. You learn at your own pace and it’s a really diverse crowd.
It is good that you mentioned how parkour can be useful even when you are not expecting it to be, like if you get into a dangerous situation and need get out of it safely. I had a similar experience recently where I was biking along and clipped my tire of the curb, causing my bike to crash sideways. I somehow managed to “run” out of the crash completely unscathed with my bike laying on the ground a few steps behind me. Basically, I managed to put my foot down as my bike was falling and continued moving forward as soon as my foot hit the ground. I am still shocked at how effortlessly I saved myself from a nasty scrape.