It's been six years now that I've worked from home meeting several people over the internet who have become my employers, either for a short period of time. It still feel weird to work this way.
Yet it was only a few years ago that I was working as a training facilitator at an insurance company, and absolutely hated my work. I couldn't stand my boss, colleagues and most of all, just the ever growing pile of work on my desk.
It wasn't fair, by any means – even if I was paid about $1000 a month. I just had to find a way out… and I did! Just like David Belle did in a scene from Banlieue 13.
And God knows, considering the obstacles that I've had to negotiate since then, a parkour tutorial would have probably helped me get here sooner… what works for the body, works for the mind, indeed!
Parkour Philosophy & Basics
If you want to know where it all began, the discipline of Parkour, you have to thank the tribes in Africa that were observed for their movement by a physical education expert known as Georges Hebert.
In its modern form, David Belle, is its creator, and man, does he lead by example or what?
While football requires you shoot a goal, a weightlifting workout requires you to lift heavier weights as time goes by, parkour simply requires you to negotiate obstacles skillfully and with great efficiency, if you will.
It really is 'art of movement' even if that sounds rather simplistic… an excellent workout without weights, if you will.
You can run, jump, crawl in this discipline and which bear an uncanny resemblance to the movements of a cat. For all practical purposes, this discipline gives a whole new meaning to the word 'freestyle'.
Also, people who practice parkour regularly are known as a traceur or traceuse who have to be creative and flexible enough to negotiate any obstacles in the urban or real jungle to get from one point to the other as soon as possible.
But enough talk, let's dive into a simple parkour tutorial…
As the kid mentions in the video, it's a good idea to learn each of the moves first, and then move on to combos, while trying different types of obstacles to negotiate.
As for the mentality that one must have when trying parkour, they must remember that there are no hard and fast rules as to how you must negotiate an obstacle – as there are several ways by which you can do so.
Of course, there are more moves to learn but it will take a while for you to master the basics first before you can move on to the others.
Yet most of all, it's important to keep trying something new every time you spend time doing parkour, and before you know it, you'll end up in one of these best of parkour videos that will anyone gobsmacked!
So, have you tried parkour? How has it helped you get fitter? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.