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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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.
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! =)
Hi, I am really interested in parkour. Im 14 and in fairly good shape, and i was wondering what I could do to train/improve and my house/parks.
UPDATE: This tutorial has been superseded in favor of the much more comprehensive, much better written:
So please, go read that one instead of this.
Flexibility is a lot of fun and pretty easy to develop. But sometimes, it can be confusing to actually start learning how to stretch. This should clear some things up.
No, you shouldn’t. Admittedly, I’ve only had one encounter with the cops. And the policeman was a nice guy. With an epic mustache. But I wouldn’t have run in any case.
Firstly, because I’m not doing anything wrong. If I’m on private property, the owner can tell me to bug off. And I usually don’t train on private property because it’s rude to do so without asking. If I’m on public property, it’s public property. I have just as much right to use it as anyone else. As long as my training isn’t disruptive or harmful to other people, then there is no justification for a cop to accost me.
Secondly, running from cops promotes a bad image of parkour. If I run from a cop, then he thinks I’m doing something wrong. So next time he sees me or another traceur, he’s not going to be in a mood to listen to explanations.
Thirdly, it’s stupid. Yeah, odds are he won’t catch me. But now I can never go back to that training spot again without having to be flipping careful, and the whole reason I was there in the first place was because it’s a good training spot.
On the one occasion I was stopped, the cop was a nice guy. He said someone had called in a report of kids jumping off walls; he didn’t know if it was true or not, he didn’t even ask if it was true. He asked me and my friends to be safe and he implied we should probably leave. He took our names and addresses for “routine reporting.” I didn’t like that part and I’m pretty sure he didn’t have the authority to do so, but I complied anyway. What’s the point of pissing the cop off? He’s just doing his job.
Fourthly, as a citizen of a country, you have an obligation to obey its laws and officers of the law. I know this doesn’t sit well with the defiant “f*** da police” attitude of the average teenage middle-class white “rebel”, but this is what mature adults do.
Anyway, my point is this: cops are not your enemies. They’re there to protect you, although annoyingly they sometimes feel the need to protect you from yourself. If you get a cop like that, nod politely, assure him you’ll be safe, part amicably if possible, then get the hell out of there. I like to be a ninja traceur: train for 10-15 minutes in one place, then move on. By the time the cops get there, I’m long gone. Boom, crisis averted. Be sneaky, avoid the cops and you won’t have any trouble.
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