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Parkour, the Free Run

March 2, 2010
By LoganS SILVER, Joplin, Missouri
LoganS SILVER, Joplin, Missouri
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Do you wish you could make it easily over twelve foot walls? How about jump across buildings with ease? Or just run for long periods of time? I say you can, and so does everyone else that have came across and practiced Parkour.

Parkour, also known as Free Running, is a new sports sensation. Originating in France, Parkour is the art of going over, under, and around objects and obstacles in order to get from point A to point B as fast and efficient as possible. That sometimes means leaping from rail to rail, climbing buildings, bounding over fences, and much more.

Some who view Parkour might say that it is dangerous, only for those who are extremely athletic, or to hard. Even though Parkour looks dangerous, practitioners practice repetitively taking each step before progressing to another, checking each landing point for safety and practicing each movement until it is as common as walking. Even though practitioners of Parkour do tend to appear to be athletic, that is because they have been Free Running for some time. Anyone can do it, everyone progresses at a different rate and at different levels. That also means that it becomes easier and much more fun.

A lot of practitioners will also incorporate gymnastics to the sport. Adding flips and flashy moves to their art. All of which raises the difficulty of any move and makes any obstacle even more interesting. In Parkour, a bench becomes an obstacle to jump over, a rail becomes something to balance on, the world becomes your playground.

One might ask if running around jumping off of things, over things, and the like could get you in trouble? One of the basics of Parkour is that the world is our playground, keep it nice. If someone sees you and asks what you are doing, it is easy to explain that you are practicing an art of exercise and that it is in your interest to keep everything in good condition.

There are also many ways to view, read, and talk about Parkour., features many videos of practitioners. Also American Parkour, or APK features many articles on, as well as tips, gear, and videos. A simple search on the internet will bring up many different resources on Parkour.

In the past few years Parkour has grown exponentially. Raising the level of fitness and athleticism in many people across the world. Many people have heard of it, MTV even had a competition aired. Many practitioners entered G4’s Ninja Warrior. So whether or not you are taking a run and decide to take the straight route over and under obstacles or are doing flips over park benches and running on building tops please execute safety and proper technique, and mostly have fun doing it.

The author's comments:
I have been practicing Parkour for a few years now. I want to share the benefits the sport has offered me by trying to make more people aware of this relatively new sport.

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on Jan. 25 2012 at 7:38 pm
parkour.VaTech BRONZE, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Live life on the edge, because if you don't you're taking up to much space."

Technically its the Anglicized version of parkour. It is what it was called in Jump London for English speaking audiences. Great movie by the way. Cheers

on Oct. 21 2011 at 6:30 pm
neofirefly BRONZE, Oxford, Alabama
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Way of life or discipline. Parkour is not a sport. Sports have rules, require referees and regulations to keep the players with in boundries and a set limit. Parkour has none of the above. It is the art of movement and has no restrictions. You can go as far and out of the way you want and never reach the limit. 
Also, Parkour is not the same as Freerunning. Parkour originated in France and became a way to reach point 'B' from point 'A' as quicka s possible. Whereas Freerunning is a flashy, gymnastic version where you can throw in a flip or twist. Freerunning is mostly the americanized version of Parkour. 

on May. 20 2011 at 4:10 am
IAmWhoIWantToBe PLATINUM, Manila, Other
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Favorite Quote:
‎"I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world: I run my world." - Beyoncé

You defined PK as a sport. I think it is more of a philosophy.

alexa said...
on Mar. 15 2010 at 9:59 am
Very nice writing style sir....keep it up! Finish your other crap , I want to read it!