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    Anyone interested in parkur ? The 18 year old grandson of a neighbour of mine was visiting late last year from New Zealand. We had met him several times when he was a little boy, but he surprised me by saying he was a professional parkur exponent and was receiving sponsorship to travel to the UK and around Europe and do some filming along the way. Quite a change from the little lad I once new.

    Here is a Russian parkur exponent:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmf_Ibp-94

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevorg View Post
    Anyone interested in parkur ? The 18 year old grandson of a neighbour of mine was visiting late last year from New Zealand. We had met him several times when he was a little boy, but he surprised me by saying he was a professional parkur exponent and was receiving sponsorship to travel to the UK and around Europe and do some filming along the way. Quite a change from the little lad I once new.

    Here is a Russian parkur exponent:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmf_Ibp-94

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    I find it incredible myself, I can't imagine ever actually trying it, but it is really amazing to watch some of that stuff.

    Hoping we se more and more action flicks with parkour, I think that Casino Royale was done with some Parkour if I am remembering right.
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    Wouldn't the accident and injury rate in Parkour be extremely high? One false move and you'll fall to your doom...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nii View Post
    Wouldn't the accident and injury rate in Parkour be extremely high? One false move and you'll fall to your doom...
    You mean like this guy?

    When ever I see these guys it always serves as a reminder of what the
    human body is realy capable of, and how few of us reach that potential.
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    Wouldn't the accident and injury rate in Parkour be extremely high? One false move and you'll fall to your doom...
    No higher than in any other art I would guess...You'd start at a pace you can handle, and move up to more difficult things and locations when you were confident enough in what you can handle..

    It all starts small, low level, and with smaller, basic movements before expanding upon those ideas and working up to higher locations or more interesting ones..

    In my humble, highly untrained opinion, it's one of the best arts created in the 20th century, although admitedly it has no real competition..

    Regards..

    (Having said all that, it appears that there are a large amount of wannabee Free runners trying and failing to do what the professionals do..Missing the vital part where they learned how to do it in relative safety...Gotta love Darwin eh?).
    Last edited by fifthchamber; 10th March 2008 at 04:59. Reason: Checked Youtube...Found many morons..
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    Righto. It's just that compared to other arts the risk is so much higher. Even when you are more experienced and tackling harder locations the risk is still there... At higher levels you can not risk screwing up even a tiny bit.
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    Yeah, I guess my point was more that that should be the case with most martial arts..The better you get, the more ability you possess, the harder the challenge that you should face..I think..

    Iai for instance becomes something special once you have to train with a shinken, with all the inherent danger one of those possesses..It makes you work a lot harder on at least concentration to keep your wits (And limbs) about you...

    I reckon..But yeah..Perhaps not quite as open to the possibility of failure as jumping from a building to land on a twig..

    For most of us anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JS3 View Post
    You mean like this guy?

    When ever I see these guys it always serves as a reminder of what the
    human body is realy capable of, and how few of us reach that potential.

    Ow.....should've started with something smaller I suppose.
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    For a Parkour training video, ie how they develop some of their skills, check out:

    http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html#Parkour

    and

    http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html#Misc (go to Parkour Quadrupedal Movement Drills)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachZinn View Post
    I find it incredible myself, I can't imagine ever actually trying it, but it is really amazing to watch some of that stuff.

    Hoping we se more and more action flicks with parkour, I think that Casino Royale was done with some Parkour if I am remembering right.
    Yes, you are correct. That was David Belle who founded Parkour and here is a clip of him in another movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjC11RKtPco

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    And here is some more of David. Have you ever seen anything like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfvlA...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x98jCBnWO8w

    and even he cocks up:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kh8NeG9wf8

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    Parkour contains more "Reality Based Self Defence" techniques than most RBSD martial arts.

    Cool stuff, wish I was young again.
    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWilliams View Post
    Parkour contains more "Reality Based Self Defence" techniques than most RBSD martial arts.

    Cool stuff, wish I was young again.
    Definitely the most elegant way to run away from a fight!

    Dirk

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    i Like their philosophy of being able to over come obstacles while keep moving forward and the economy of motion stuff reminds me of tai jutsu.


    How do they actually train?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryoishin View Post
    i Like their philosophy of being able to over come obstacles while keep moving forward and the economy of motion stuff reminds me of tai jutsu.


    How do they actually train?

    Check out Dean's post above.

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