Running…jumping…climbing…rolling – over, under and through.
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What is Parkour?
(From Mark Toorock, American Parkour)
Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.
• Parkour requires: consistent, disciplined training with an emphasis on functional strength, physical conditioning, balance, creativity, fluidity, control, precision, spatial awareness, and looking beyond the traditional use of objects.
• Parkour movements typically include: running, jumping, vaulting, climbing, balancing, and quadrupedal movement. Movements from other physical disciplines are often incorporated, but acrobatics or tricking alone do not constitute parkour.
• Parkour training focuses on: safety, longevity, personal responsibility, and self-improvement. It discourages reckless behavior, showing off, and dangerous stunts.
• Parkour practitioners value: community, humility, positive collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and the importance of play in human life, while demonstrating respect for all people, places, and spaces.
Staying safe in parkour is very different from other activities. There are clear threats and little to no safety equipment. The trick to training safely is maintaining control through awareness and good decision making. Know your environment. Know your abilities. Know when to say no.
• A proper warm-up and cool down is critical to sustainability. Neglecting these invites overuse injuries and sudden injuries alike. Start with the APK warm-up
• Check all surfaces and structures for reliability & hazards. Don’t let slippery, wobbly, crumbling structures or glass become an unpleasant surprise.
• Everybody progresses differently. Don’t think that you can or should do something just because someone else did it.
• Break any intimidating move into intermediate steps that you can perform comfortably to work toward that move.
• ALWAYS remember that YOU decide whether to try something. Others can give you encouragement, but the choice to move is yours.