Free Runners/Parkor

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    Jun 12, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    Are there any free runners/Parkor (pardon the spelling) here. Just wondering, it looks fantastic, but not for the faint hearted. I'd love to learn and hone the skills of it.
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    Jun 13, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    Never really heard of it as a formal activity before, but installing a few "obstacles" like that is sort of what I had in mind for my running trail through the woods.

    Of course, I would look more like Inspector Clouseau in combat training than like those guys in the youtube vids.

    It would also be cool to come up with some obstacles that the dogs could do to.
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    Jun 13, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    "too" dammit
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    Jun 14, 2007 1:56 PM GMT
    Right here!!!
    -Well, very amateur (still learning)...
    I have a very close friend that has been doing it for years and is very good at it. As soon as my softball season is over I will be learning more from him and attending some jams w/ him. Its one of those things where you should only do what you are comfortable w/ unless you want to get hurt. In a way like skateboarding, start w/ the small stuff before moving onto the crazy shit.
    Also, (on a side note) check out the movie District B13. It's all about Parkour and is amazing! Not too mention VERY hot French guys running around w/ no shirts on.
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    Jun 14, 2007 2:21 PM GMT
    Yeah! The star of District B13 is David Belle, the guy who started Le Parkour. There's a pretty hefty philosophy behind it, of overcoming obstacles, of minimizing energy usage, and as such, true Parkour doesn't incorporate things like flips (because flips are never part of the energy-optimal way to get from point A to point B.)

    Then there's freerunning, which is basically parkour minus the philosophical rigidity. Sebastien Foucan founded that one, and it started out much like parkour but eventually integrated stunts and focused more on the aesthetic, and so they diverged.

    Sebastien Foucan is the guy at the beginning of Casino Royale, the one Bond chases through the opening scene. He's no slouch either.