Avalancher saidI started getting into this 2 years ago while I was stationed in Hawaii. Wanted to try something new, so why not try parkour ? Almost the same thing as gymnastics It's a great way to keep in shape! Anyone else into this or has done this before ? What is your style ? What do you like about it ?
If by "stationed" you mean military, then you likely had some exposure to obstacle courses for individuals. They long predated Parkour. but with many similarities. A big advantage is they don't expose you to falls onto concrete, but rather dirt, sand, mulch or water.
And very varied, where you're jumping, climbing ropes, running zig-zag courses, crawling, crossing rope bridges and balancing along logs, all kinds of challenges for time against the clock. I loved them, felt they gave me a better and more complete real-world workout than many of the prescribed group exercises we would perform. And it better represented the varied conditions under which a soldier would need to operate.
Other guys would think me eccentric, when I would go over to a course and run it on my own, whereas they only did so when the training required it. Not something you had to do outside of things like Basic, or specific combat skills training programs. Some guys likely only did it once during their entire service, while I was running the course every chance I got.
So I can see the attraction of Parkour, although it appears somewhat more risky and more prone to producing serious injuries than even our military stuff presented.