Parkour Tutorial – An artform that mirrors Life…

Let’s face it: Life can be difficult and frustrating when one is faced with one or several obstacles, figuratively speaking, and at several points in our life, this is a recurring theme. There’s not a single person who can say they don’t feel restricted by something or the other…

While some people might have one obstacle to deal with, there are those who have several ‘mountains’ to climb. Many battles to fight. You get the picture… reality sucks!

No matter who you are and where you live, if you are reading this blog, you’ll realize that if you don’t get your expectations right… you won’t be able to negotiate these obstacles with skill, in order to get what you want in Life.

Am I sounding too “out there” with this analogy?

David Belle, the creator of “parkour”, would get it definitely…

(Watch the magic that he creates in this parkour sequence (link) from Luc Besson’s movie, Banlieue 13…)

Talk about improvisation, right? Amazing, if nothing else…

Parkour – An Introduction

While most people consider David Belle to be its creator of parkour in its modern form, thanks to the awareness generated by the BBC promotional film known as “Rush Hour”, inspiration was derived from his dad, who in turn, implemented the training philosophy of Georges Hébert, a physical education expert.

In fact, he developed the “Natural Method” based on the athleticism and strength displayed by the indigenous people in Africa, thanks to their natural surroundings.

In fact, this new method consisted of negotiating obstacles such as running, jumping, climbing, walking on all fours and so on and so forth, and which are all noticeable movements in Belle’s “parkour” as well.

Of course, the only difference here is that a “traceur”, one who practices parkour, negotiates obstacles in the urban jungle of today…

Parkour Tutorial and Basics

Parkour is described in French as “l’art du déplacement”, and for us, unlingual folks, it means the art of movement. Very feline movements, that is…

The objective is to negotiate obstacles (that can just anything from inanimate objects to even people) from point A to point B as soon as possible.

If one has to compare “parkour” to any other discipline, you’ll notice that there are any defined movements as each obstacles is considered to be a “unique challenge”.

How you negotiate each challenge is therefore unique, since the angle by which you approach the obstacle, speed and physical make-up of the obstacle differs with each challenge.

If you watch the video closely, you’ll see that his reaction to each obstacle is lightning quick, and this is what the discipline seeks to teach its traceurs or traceuses.

From a mental point of view, this form of exercise should be performed as if you are being chased or are chasing someone, and is perhaps the reason why the video clip posted earlier felt authentic.

If you are interested in this sport and want to learn more, here is a link that should give you more than a parkour tutorial with articles and news about the personal discipline that is definitely a pleasure to watch.

In Closing

Very simply, if there’s anything that parkour should teach us is that we should definitely take a different approach to tackling obstacles, if only figuratively.

So what do you think of ‘parkour’? Please feel free to share your experiences.

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