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Daniel Ilabaca To Play Faith in Live-Action Mirror’s Edge Movie

As Parkour Generations reported a few days ago, there’s a live-action Mirror’s Edge movie in the works. It has now been exclusively revealed to FYPK that parkour star Daniel Ilabaca has been tapped to play female protagonist Faith Connors.

“Daniel Ilabaca was the obvious choice,” said the unrevealed director of the film, which is slated for release in 2014. “His long, flowing black hair, his name recognition among traceurs all over the world, his incredible style and skill, all come together to make him the perfect candidate for the live-action version of Faith.”

“Our only problem might be prying him loose from Wrigley. After doing that totally freaking sweet commercial for their 5Gum product several months ago, I’ve been told that it’s very difficult to get him away from his computer-generated parkour paradise. He even sleeps there, it’s been reported. However, we think we can entice him away from that blue and orange wonderland with the promise of a custom-designed parkour house in the location of his choice, as well as a hundred pairs of any shoe he wants. We’re even willing to commission custom shoes for him – in any color he wants! At least, as long as they’re red.”

When asked about the problem of Ilabaca being male and Faith being female, the director brushed it off as trivial. “The wonders of modern CGI will take care of that easily. I mean, have you seen Avatar? If James Cameron can make convincing blue kitty people, our crack team of animators can easily deal with the effects of an errant Y chromosome. Not a big deal. Piece of cake.”

“We’re very excited about Danny coming on board,” FYPK was told by other personnel involved in the movie-making process. “We think he’ll make a brilliant Faith.”

No word yet on who will play Faith’s sister Kate Connors, although the director hinted that Daniel Arroyo, on account of his previous experience doubling females, was in consideration.

Update: Yes, this is in fact an April Fool’s joke. Daniel Ilabaca will not be playing Faith, although the Mirror’s Edge movie is supposed to happen.

But wouldn’t it be funny/awesome if he did?

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The Tale of a Two-Year-Old Traceur (And What You Can Learn From Him)

I passed my two year anniversary of doing parkour a few weeks ago! Watch my celebration video, then read on for a look at how I got to where I am today.

Once upon a time, there was a short, bespectacled, teenage, MMORPG addicted, nerdy, skinny-flabby internet potato. One afternoon, while engaging in the fine art of stalking his Facebook friends, he came upon a status talking about a friend’s day of doing parkour. Curious, he looked up parkour and found Ryan Doyle, Daniel Ilabaca, and the 3Run crew. Flabbergasted and intrigued at these awe-inspiring movements, he began inquiring about how to get started doing parkour.

From that day on, Alan’s world changed. Continue Reading →

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Parkour Is Not A Sport

The sport of parkour

“Jumping and running across rooftops in the high-flying sport of parkour…”

“The sport of parkour, in which teenagers run and somersault across roofs…”

“The group of fit, athletic students are practitioners of the extreme sport of parkour…”

News stories with phrases like this crop up all the time. Reporters and journalists call parkour a sport because they just don’t know how else to classify it.

Parkour is not a sport.

“But Alan,” you may say, “It doesn’t matter if parkour is called a sport! That’s just nitpicking points of semantics!”

It does matter. Ideas have power. Words give form to ideas. The way an idea is framed and presented is a critical part of how it’s received by those who hear it. The way we reference parkour is no different. Terminology matters.

Take skateboarding and martial arts. Consider how differently the practitioners of each are regarded. Skateboarders are often seen as irresponsible, reckless rebels who need to grow up. Martial artists are respected, and not just because they can beat the tar out of anyone who doesn’t respect them. They are respected and admired because what they practice goes beyond a hobby, beyond a sport.

Parkour has a lot in common with both skateboarding and martial arts. Parkour is creative movement, like skateboarding; fast, efficient movements, like martial arts; (seemingly) crazy stunts like skateboarding; constant training like martial arts. To the inexperienced eye, it seems that parkour could be a sport, as it has so much in common with skateboarding. I disagree. The differences between the two outweigh the similarities. Let’s explore this topic further. Continue Reading →

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WFPF KO Shoes Review

The World Freerunning and Parkour Federation Know Obstacles shoe is one of the most widely hyped parkour shoes on the market. Its tagline of, “The best shoe you will ever destroy” caters exactly to the tough-on-shoes traceur segment. The $39.99 KOs are hailed as light, grippy, flexible, durable and cheap. Does it live up to its reputation? Read on to find out.

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Parkour Gear

One of the best things about parkour is that virtually no equipment is needed to train. Heck, you could even train naked. <— NOTE: NOT A GOOD IDEA AT ALL

That said, there is some gear that will make your training easier.

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Question #2: Specific Things to Do When Starting Parkour

Hey there, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of parkour :) And I’ve decided that I want to start. Can you tell me some specific things to do/practice? I’m in fairly good shape, I play soccer. I’m REALLY small though, does that matter? Thank you! =)

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