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Everything about parkour and freerunning.

This site is focused on parkour and you. Helping you learn with tutorials and tips from someone who’s already made all the mistakes. Answering your questions. Giving you the most thoughtful analyses of current issues. Writing the most thorough reviews of parkour-related products. Thinking about the most

The Author

My name is Alan. I live in the USA, on the East Coast. I’m constantly progressing and improving, but right now (December 2011), I regard myself as a capable traceur, a decent but improving freerunner, a passable but also improving tricker, and an okay breakdancer.

I started parkour in March of 2010, after finding out that a friend I really admired was a traceuse. I thought, “If she can do it, why can’t I?” So I started watching just about every showreel and tutorial video on YouTube, compulsively reading the American Parkour forums, and trying everything I learned wherever and whenever possible. I threw myself, body and mind, into parkour. I wanted to know everything.

I fly! Then I fall. Then I roll and fly again! Rawr.

It took me a long time to learn what I know now, and I guess part of the reason this website was founded  was a desire to share that knowledge. I made a lot of stupid mistakes in my initial newbie training. If I can spare someone from that, then this website has succeeded.

I’m always happy to answer questions or just hear feedback from readers.

History of the Blog(s)

The Tumblr blog fyeahparkour.tumblr.com was created on April 21st, 2011, with the purpose of being a home for the parkour memes I had created. After a few weeks of posting steady content, someone asked me a question about parkour. I don’t remember the answer, but that one question sparked a whole host of other people wanting to know more things about PK – how to start, how to train, how to eat, how to get over fear, how to do a specific move. I answered them as best I could and suddenly Flip Yeah Parkour was much more than your standard fyeahsomething tumblr blog. It evolved into a place for pictures, videos, news, tutorials, reviews… Pretty much everything about parkour. But the more long articles I wrote, the more Tumblr’s limitations bugged me. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore.

Uh-uh, the ground. Oh wait, it's 'kay. Gravity doesn't affect me.

On September 1st, 2011, I started this blog. Two weeks later, it was officially announced and promoted across the fyeahparkour tumblog and Facebook page. All the news, reviews, and longer-form articles were posted here, while the tumblog become a place for videos, pictures, and the ever-popular gifs.

On December 2011, I relaunched this site with a completely new (and much better-looking) design and a change in focus. You’ve already read about that. No more a-post-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away. Now it’s quality content that will still be relevant with time.

Why “flipyeah”?

Heh. At the time fyeahparkour.tumblr.com was started, I was very into memes and Tumblr and Tumblr memes. “F*** Yeah Parkour” was the obvious choice for a tumblog that focused on parkour memes. However, for obvious reasons, I didn’t want to use profanity in the name.

Substituting “Flip” was an obvious choice. That way, “fyeahparkour” could still work out, but where an obscenity was expected, there was a clever pun riffing off people’s expectations of parkour and flips and f*** and… Yeah. You understand. Okay. I’m going be upside down now.

Disclaimers and Stuff:

I’m not a doctor, personal trainer, or professional traceur/freerunner/tricker/b-boy. I’m just a blogger who’s had a lot of experience researching and training parkour. As such, don’t take my advice as gospel. I cannot be held responsible for any hurt or injury you sustain as a result of anything I have said.

Bottom line:

Don’t be stupid.