This is in response to a new article just posted by Stephane Vigroux. Out of all the founders of the discipline, he has now posted the end all to the argument of parkour and freerunning. It has nothing to do with the names and has everything to do with “Why Do You Jump?” Parkour and Freerunning are the same thing in essence and that argument is for another time, what matters is that both of those names are being exploited. The main company that is stepping on these is Redbull, looking just for money. There IS a difference and general Split that has been happening in parkour and the sides couldn’t be more different. The 1st side is the people doing flips and tricks and general screwing around with their bodies in creative ways, this is not necessarily wrong but the reason they do what they do is drastically different from what the other sides reason is. They flip just to show off, to prove to the world that, “hey look at me, yea over here,” this is NOT in any way parkour, this is ONLY SHOWING OFF, like a child throwing a tantrum. If the reason you jump is to show off or for any other reason that is not holistic, you are NOT doing Parkour. The movements may look the same, they might even have a grasp of the extremely limited base philosophy of parkour as, “a movement discipline of going from A to B as fast and efficient as possible,” I’m sure anyone could spit that out these days, even if they don’t do parkour. This base statement of philosophy is very limited, and can, and has, been twisted to extreme degrees. Doing twenty tumbles around a corner to just do a wall flip and then kong away is in no way parkour. Now it can be though, this is where it can get confusing. If you really understand why you’re doing what you’re doing and understand that it is totally useless and you’re doing it to just mess or play around then of course you are doing parkour, because even as David Belle has said, all that is just an expected extension of parkour, for to truly trust yourself in parkour you start wanting to test yourself in other moves and environments, but he said to understand that, “It is totally useless”. But in most cases now-a-days that is not the case and the “traceurs” of today do not understand what they are doing and are only showing off, which is evident in the countless YouTube videos out there. I am not nearly as literate on these terms as the founders, so I invite all of you to read these articles: A Call to Arms, Dilution, The Split.
Dissect yourself like eating a pizza and be lost, or dissect yourself like drinking a cup of hot chocolate and know who you are -James
This is an unlikely enemy, but thee worst one for me in the winter. Eggnog, yup, Eggnog… sooo good but that’s what makes it my worst enemy. Almost half a thousand calories in only one cup… NOBODY ever drinks only one cup, its impossible. Add to the fact that the drink makes me want to go to bed for a week afterward. That makes it almost impossible for me to train that day, since its also the winter. All these things just add up to a prospectively weak training season…all due to Eggnog. But that’s not really the case, too often people blame substances for their problems which is just not taking responsibility for Your choices in this life. This is a serious problem since its extremely relevant to the average person. A third of Americans are obese, not just fat now, but obese. This is insane, we take pride in our intelligence but forget that the greatest minds in history are also the most devoted to nutrition and personal responsibility. We are not so smart as we think and we need to start actually being smart. Eating smart, moving smart, and thinking smart. To say that Eggnog is the end of me is just stupid, I’m the only person that will ever be the end of me. The number one reason people die these days is incredible retarded, they…eat…too…much…shit. This is un-real, the level of arrogance of the human life is screwed and the only way to make a difference is to be an example for the youth, to eat smart, to move smart ( hell, to even move at all ), and to think smart. Not hard, but impossible for the younger generations that are coming up watching their parents and the people on TV being idiots. Everything we do affects others, because as traceurs, we might not be looked up to, but we are looked upon. We are seen as those that take and twist perspectives of the passer-by and as such, even with so small a radius of effect, we can use our movements and our strength to be examples to the public.
Train Smart, Train Hard, Have Fun.
This is going to be a hard article to comprehend if you’ve never been in the “zone”. The zone being, that momentary lapse out of all your mental problems, restraints, and any and all troubles you might have weighing you down. Now while this zone may be nigh on impossible to reach while you have these burdens, its not impossible, and on the bright side, afterwards you will not really care that much about them. You must realize that though they have their place, they are not supposed to keep you from experiencing life. If you have never been in the zone, then I suggest you try to be more of yourself, to be 100% legit in who you are. That though is only one part, the prologue if you will. You then have to be (This is all in the traceurs sense) at the end stages of your warm up. The point in which your muscles have become warm and your moving into the actual session. This point is crucial, the point where your increasing rise in energy injection stales out and you ride a medium wave of energy through your normal session. What needs to be done is to let your body continue to inject yourself with energy, this is the hard part, because to do so is to, in essence, let the primal part of you out of its cage. Most people just cant do this, cant let themselves be truly free. In these self made prisons of the mind they are in, they are victims of their own disregard. This is also the hardest part to describe, even though you’re in the most “living in the moment” you can ever be. I have not perfected getting into this zone, and I probably will spend the rest of my life trying to integrate the zone into my whole being, to have those energy waves be behind me in all hours and to be relatively fearless.
To have an example, although this one is more of the over hype and not being grounded nature. Lets say you just got your 1st ever Kong down over a significant gap, when you land your body is still rolling on that energy wave, and to continue to ride it you must just stay in motion and keep doing the jump at least three times. If you even sit down for a few, you will lose it, but if you keep moving and just do a route, or parcours, then you can ride that wave for however long you keep your mind in your heart and not distracting yourself in your two upper brains, especially the neo cortex.
I will probably write more on this later after I study it a bit more, but this state of being is highly volatile and can easily go up or down, up is injury, down is disappointment.