Parkour

 Bryan Hellard (@xyver)9 years, 8 months ago

Anyone?

January 19, 2011 at 6:32 am
Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

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

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Ben (231)M (@benjamin) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I’ve never done it seriously, but it’s so much fun just climbing on/jumping over shit when you have the opportunity. I skateboard, and to me the whole point of it is exactly like skateboarding except without the board.

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Martijn Schirp (112,779)A (@martijn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

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!

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Bryan, I’m guessing from your picture you do Parkour?

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Indeed :) My friend invited us to the roof of his apartment so we did backflips 20+ storys up

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Sounds awesome. How did you get your start? I know a lot of the amazing guys out there starting doing gymnastics or at least have access to pads and all that.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

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.

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

That’s awesome Bryan. I wish I had started doing gymnastics at an early age so it’d be a bit easier to jump into. Parkour is the ultimate sport as far as I’m concerned

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Where is everyone from? I’m in the vancouver ish area in BC Canada. Anyone near me?

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Southern California. Actually I’m going to start a discussion for stating where you are from, good idea

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

So, anyone else interested in getting started?

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

What is a good first move to get down? And after that?

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

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.

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,437)A (@jordan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Thanks Bryan, I’ll go out tomorrow and try to find a suitable practicing ground nearby

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David (1) (@revitilized) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

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!

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Alex Eastman (71) (@alex) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

This is ironic that this came up on this site. My friend Kenny does this all the time. I’ll see if I can get him to sign up on this site now, haha.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Wow…That video is quite interesting :) Thank you for that

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Leon Milner (3) (@leon) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@jordan That video’s soo sick, the best one i’ve seen. This one’s also pretty cool, except for the last minute.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Mike- Damien Walters=God mode.

And monkey man is hilarious.

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Michael (26) (@mike) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

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.

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Anonymous (2) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@ 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.

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Or a little more northern, you guys can check out PKBC.

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James (38) (@tanner) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

My Favorite, Their Lifestyle Just Seems So Free

OUT OF TIME from Андрей Скурьят DREE on Vimeo.

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Anonymous (1) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

David,

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.

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