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Beyond Belle

The time has come for the parkour community to admit something.

David Belle is not a god in human form. David Belle is not superhuman. Most importantly, David Belle is no longer the leader of the parkour community.

Why not?

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How to Train When You Can’t Train

Picture these scenarios:

Crack. Suddenly, your ankle is in fiery pain. No training allowed while you recover.

Snap. Your knee shouldn’t be making that sound on landing. No training allowed while you recover.

Twist. Guess you won’t be using that shoulder for a few weeks. No training allowed while you recover.

Injuries, sickness, and general life often get in the way of proper training. But that’s no excuse for not getting better. Parkour has a huge mental component – and you don’t need to be physically active to train your mind. Continue Reading →

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Profiting From Parkour

Name one thing all of these companies have in common:

Urban Freeflow. American Parkour. The WFPF. Take Flight Apparel. Red Bull. 3Run. Team Tempest.

They all make money from parkour.

Name one thing all of these people have in common:

David Belle. Sébastien Foucan. Ryan Doyle. Daniel Ilabaca. Luci Romberg.

They all make money from parkour.

Profiting from parkour is not a bad thing. It is not against the tenets of parkour. It’s possible to make money from parkour without being unfaithful to its philosophy. 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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Parkour Applied

The following is an article written by my good friend and fellow traceur, Mantis. He makes some very interesting points, so be sure to read the whole thing.

Parkour Applied: Overcoming Obstacles in Everyday Life

It’s probably a safe assumption that most of us who are regular practitioners of parkour and freerunning weren’t drawn to the discipline because of any profound philosophy; for most of us, it was the sight and realization of our incarnate daydreams of flying away from our problems, and the knowledge that such abilities were within our own grasp. Simple reasoning, but attractive nonetheless. Continue Reading →

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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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