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Goodbye, Parkour.com; Hello, Parkour.com

Parkour.com, formerly one of the most prominent parkour news sites in the world (and the only one affiliated with Sébastien Foucan) has, as of April 16, begun redirecting visitors to Davidbelle.com/parkour. No more news. No more videos. No more useful links. Just a static page.

Worst of all, the content of parkour.com is not cached or saved, it is apparently gone forever. Try this link, or this one, or this one, and see what you get. Only a 404 page.

Parkour.com belonged to Sébastien Foucan, as of at least Jan 23, 2005. The fact that it’s now likely owned by Take Flight under the guise of David Belle is troubling. What will happen next?

[Tip from parkour-blog.com]

Update:

Well, that was fast. Parkour.com now directs visitors to a website that – oh so shockingly – has a very strong Take Flight influence. Not only does the website have the same design as davidbelle.com, but the content is essentially the same.

Take Flight and Parkour 91 are both owned by Adam Dunlap. Davidbelle.com, as I have noted already in great detail, is very strongly associated with Take Flight/Adam Dunlap. This site is obviously very, very Take Flight centric. Granted, it’s still being built, but for a website whose tagline is “The Internet home and resource for traceurs worldwide,” it’s strange that all of the links will lead to Take Flight’s website within at most 2 clicks. No links to learn parkour through video tutorials or relevant articles. (Hey, you know who provides a ton of links to learn parkour on the front page of his website? Me.) Nor are there links to parkour news sites or popular parkour YouTube channels. The video of the week is a Take Flight promotion. Take Flight seems to be Taking Center Stage on the new parkour.com.

video of the week

Another thing:

That “official” business really annoys me. Official clothing of parkour, official website of parkour, official Facebook page of parkour.

NO.

There can be no official anything of parkour, because there is no governing authority. While David Belle could have been a leader, but he decided a long time ago to let everyone follow their own path. The door to the position of official parkour leader is now firmly shut, and nothing can open it again. In parkour, nothing is official, nothing can be official, least of all clothing. What makes TF clothing “official”? Because David Belle is friends with founder Adam Dunlap? Because David Belle wears their shirts? David Belle also wears Novel Ways’ Reach/Escape shirts. Why isn’t Novel Ways the official clothing of parkour? Especially considering other prominent traceurs such as Shaun Wood, Alexander Zyulev, and Callum Powell who wear those shirts.

Take Flight’s in-progress domination of parkour is very disturbing. Those of us who have been following the parkour scene for any length of time will know that TF is essentially making it all up. They’re leveraging the positivity and general pleasantness of the parkour community in order to make unsubstantiated claims (because no one will call them out on it), use David Belle’s reputation to sell shirts (because David is friends with Adam Dunlap), and use their money/influence to buy multiple parkour-related domain names.

Be wary of Take Flight. They’ve been slowly, slowly building up a backlog of actions that in and of themselves are relatively innocent, but taken as a whole, point to the inevitable conclusion that Take Flight – a clothing company – is trying extremely hard to become the world’s dominant parkour organization.

Keep a sharp eye on them.

–Alan

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Weekly Video Showcase 24: HDR, Tuolumne, and a Message

Woah, full-on HDR for the entire video! Continue Reading →

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Official KO Generation 2 Press Release

Here is the official press release for the WFPF KO Generation 2 shoes. If your reaction is “TL;DR,” these are the significant points:

  • It’s officially launching November 7th.
  • There are boxes and boxes of them in the WFPF warehouse.
  • The price has increased to $45 due to increases in the prices of shipping and materials.
  • It’s now available up to size 12.
  • Improvements were made based on, “comments from our customers in the Parkour community.”

The WFPF (World Freerunning Parkour Federation), yes this is the organization that brought you MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge, is pleased to announce the release of the KO (Know Obstacles) Parkour Shoe “Generation 2″ !! “Boxes and boxes of the ‘KO Gen 2′ are in the WFPF warehouse and ready to roll”, says a WFPF spokesperson. “The KO Gen 1 was a huge success, and so after making some improvements to the design based on comments from our customers in the Parkour community, we decided it was time to come out with the Gen 2!” The “KO Gen 2″ will be launched on November 7th, 2011. And this time the KO Parkour Shoe will go up to a size 12, to fulfill the demand of all those “big foots” in the Parkour world!

The KO is not only one of the top selling Parkour shoes on the market, but it continues to be one of the most affordable as well. Ringing in at just under $40 for the “Gen 1″ and just under $45 for the “Gen 2″, the WFPF manages to maintain its policy of trying to listen to and fulfill the needs of the worldwide Parkour/Freerunning community, by providing an affordable, high performance Parkour shoe. “The first KO Parkour shoe came about after several freerunners told us that they could not afford 90% of the training shoes out there, and that nobody from within the Parkour community had made a shoe for the Parkour community. That’s all it took,” says one of the WFPF founders, “and like it or not, we knew we were going to have to make a Parkour shoe! We asked those same freerunners if what we had in mind would be an affordable shoe to them, they said ‘Yes’ , and so, the KO Parkour shoe was born.”

The KO Parkour shoes were first seen being worn by WFPF athletes on MTV’s ULTIMATE PARKOUR CHALLENGE! “It was a great vote of confidence for the ‘KOs’ when Pip (Andersen) won his first UPC episode the day he wore his first pair of KOs”, laughs one of the WFPF founders. “Pip called them his ‘magic’ shoes! After he won, one of the spectators asked him, ‘What are those shoes’, and when he found out that they were made by the WFPF, and not one of the “big brand” shoe companies, he said, ‘Oh, then it’s an ‘indie’ Parkour shoe, I like that! ” The shoe is so “indie” that, for now, it can only be bought on the WFPF’s website (www.wfpf.com) and on the WFPF’s dedicated KO-Gear site (www.KnowObstacles.com)

“We did have to raise the price by a few dollars on the KO ‘Gen 2′”, says a WFPF spokesperson. “It’s unfortunate, but the price of materials and shipping has gone up since last year, and so we reluctantly made the price adjustment. But we are committed to keep the price as low as we possibly can, to get them on as many feet of as many freerunners as we can!”

Reviews of the KO Parkour shoe (see below) have been popping up in the past year, so it seems that the KO brand is on the minds of many people these days.

http://myparkourshoes.com/ko-parkour-shoes-review/

http://fyeahparkour.tumblr.com/post/6805833289/wfpf-ko-review

http://wfpf.posterous.com/a-k-o-parkour-shoe-review-by-the-neutral-k-sw

To find out more about KO Gear and the KO Parkour Shoe, go towww.KnowObstacles.com. To find out more about Parkour and the WFPF (World Freerunning Parkour Federation) go to: http://www.wfpf.com or the WFPF’s online channel at http://www.ParkourPlayhouse.com

And remember the WFPF & KO Motto: Know Obstacles, Know Freedom!

The World Freerunning & Parkour Federation is dedicated to the safe and respectful advancement of the Parkour & Freerunning Movement throughout the world. Inspired by the creativity and mental discipline embodied by Parkour and Freerunning, the athletes and founders of the WFPF will faithfully bring this philosophy of movement to the growing numbers of optimistic young people around the globe who believe that through camaraderie, self-expression, and service to others, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.

The WFPF has become one of the most respected world leaders in the Parkour movement and is proud to listen to the Parkour community around the world to help support the growth of the Parkour movement. The WFPF will be on ESPN’s global web network this month in a web series shot this past summer in Rabat, Morocco, and they will also be in an upcoming episode of MTV’s “Made”- “I want to be a professional Parkour Athlete”, which will star WFPF Athlete Daniel Arroyo as the “Made” coach, and feature the WFPF founders and many WFPF Athletes.

via 24-7pressrelease.com

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Fight or Flight Parkour Academy Opens This Saturday

This place looks pretty awesome. 5,000 square feet of open gym with walls, boxes and bars, a breakdancing room, classes in parkour, freerunning, karate, weaponry and other martial arts.

And it was all built by two guys with help from friends. Inspiring.

 

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A Comparison of Two Parkour Stories by the Mainstream Media

Two parkour news stories came out today. One was anti-parkour, one was pro-parkour. Let’s see how they compare…

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