Those of us that know what parkour is, either from watching TV or Youtube, will know that it looks extremly fun and on the flip side ( 😀 ) theres those people that think its dangerous and we shouldnt let people be crawling and jumping over everything. Two very different persectives but have somethingin common. Both are true to an extent, let me explain the 2nd one 1st. These people are often considered “close minded” in the parkour community but they are people, and as such, their opinions matter. They say its dangerous, true. They say we shouldnt do it, false. They may have their opinions on safety but when they start saying we “shouldnt” do something, it starts to become a problem. Nobody has any right to interfere with anothers life without express permission to do so by the person being affected. the parkour community has already taken steps to stop people from hurting themselves by spreading the true philosophy of parkour. Now those people should be ignored, lets focus on the 1st being 2nd now haha. The people that see it as fun, in direct opposition of the 2nd group. They are indeed right, parkour is fun, but its not quite what they think. Parkour requires extreme hard work to progress, thousands of hours of repitition and drill, and countless more doing plain conditioning drills. These aspects of parkour are what people dont want to see when they get into it, they just want to see the big jumps and all those fancy flips and tricks, but if they actually want to go far in parkour they must drill, they must sweat, they must question themselves about why they train, all this must happen or else these people will just start with the fancy big jumps and tricks and burn out after a couple of years. I dont mean burn out in the working out sense either, i mean they will literally burn out their bodies. Muscles will not work properly, nerves will be fried, joints and tendons will snap and tear, and the person will likely just count it amongst other fads they have tried. parkour will beat you down if you dont love it, it will be worse then a scorned wife, it will raise you up and then drop you, laughing at you while you just start to comprehend the most important lesson you should already know…
That the Flame that Burns the Brightest, Will also Die the quickest
And the Flame that is slowly lit, and taken care of
Will Burn Forever
This is going to be one continous serious of posts that delve into my life as a traceur. They might not be that intertaining or provoke the strongest of thoughts, but it may help my fellow traceurs and traceuses pass more easily over their obstacles.
To give some insight as to who I am…
I am a senior in high school of A’s, B’s, and sometimes a C. I dont particularly like school and most classes i deem as a waste of my time. I dont have a car nor alot of friends who drive me everywhere, i use the ancient method of mobilizing oneself called walking and sometimes when i just run to where i want to go, absurd aint it? but thats society now-a-days. as you might imagine, this causes alot of problems when trying to get to a particularly good training location, mainly, the time it takes. I live on a peninsula and it takes time to navigate civilized swamp land, espeacially if you want to go to another peninsula, or another swamp land, whatever takes your fancy 🙂 hence, my training locations are limited to a 10 mile radius. But it usually lands me to training right outside my door pretty much, not the best, but not the worst locations on this planet either. When i first started training, five years ago, i progressed albeit slower then i would have liked, but i learned an in-valuable lesson. It being, to open your eyes and see what is and not what you make of it. this is particularly relevant to the “Location Epidemic” so many people find themselves in when they start parkour; they see some amazing videos on Youtube and then they find themselves outside and trying to imitate everything they saw in the vid’s. What happens is that the skill level and the enviroment vary greatly from the video to the viewer which results in the begginer getting depressed with their own unique environment and eventually avoid training to find a “better spot”. What they fail to see is the truth of the matter, that their environment is just as good as anywhere else. I found this out because of location and transportation issues, i had to (and still do) train right outside my house in the locality. I make use of open spaces of cement and curbs, trees and power boxes, and the local city center with its parking garage. these are my weights and barbells, these are my coaches and trainers, these are my friends and foes, they help me make use of the one tool that out-stands and out-lasts them all, my body. you dont need a parkour park in your backyard to make you better, you need to see things for the tools they are and to prepare your body for the turtures you send its way.
Train Safe, But Train Hard
Ever since I got into parkour 5 years ago I’ve been looking up ways to make myself stronger. From the nervous system all the way to how to properly remove calluses while still leaving behind the tough skin I was aiming for. I’ve spent hours researching, cross referencing, and trying to find the underlying layer of true strength I’ve been looking for ( when I say strength, I mean physical and mental ).
This has lead me to a great deal of information, but I’ve discovered one major flaw in my approach to being, “the strongest version of yourself,” as Elliott Hulse would say. I have not DONE it, sure I know a lot but that doesn’t help unless you actually implement it. This may sound just like, “DUH,” but I actually see this happening all around me. Especially in the weight-loss world. There’s so much info that people easily get overwhelmed and slowly start going in circles, not realizing that if they just would get up and head outside they’d lose weight. Now, mind you, I still train everyday. but I still do my old progressive training. If I just put a little of what I have learned into affect, I’d be doing double better then what I’m at now.
Once you start doing research, start implementing it right away. Don’t wait till the research makes sense ( because it still might not be affective ), you have to do it for yourself. The decades old method of trial and error is the best way, just put research in one end and see what pops out the other, and if it smells bad, don’t eat it but store it in a cupboard in till you know for sure it is useless.
Research is a tool, but we’ve all made it into a workout in and of itself.