Why do you Jump ?

This question is very peculiar to me, for it is always evolving just as I am. Parkour makes us evaluate ourselves every time we train or even think of parkour, which for me is constantly. I cannot go for an entire hour without thinking about parkour. Now before someone calls me obsessed ( pretty much everyone now-a-days lol 😛 ), parkour is a very broad topic concerning its larger but yet equal to life philosophy and general way of seeing things after even one training ( or even play ) session. parkour redefines the way people look at things, I say things because it is not just the surroundings we see differently after taking up parkour, we see people differently, we see philosophy differently, and we see what we are differently. this last one is important, since to know what we are becoming is crucial to who we are. Example, if we were to know we would become a self fulfilling bureaucratic jack wagon, what would we do…. keep on track and become a soulless greedy bastard ( im just using a decades of stereotype that means no offense to any soulless bureaucrat that’s reading this 😀 ), or would we rectify ? This all lead to the big question… Why do you jump?

To answer this is to know who you are as a person and as a tracuer ( for the sake of me being lazy I will use the perfunctory male term from now on, but I want all the gals out there to understand im not limiting this 😀 ), and as for me… there is no separation between the me as a person and as a traceur, parkour is my life and will stay my life even if im cripple and bedridden. ( this is a topic for a different time but im my opinion, anyone can do parkour, even if their only asset is their mind and sense of will ). So to know why is it your doing parkour is to know why you were attracted to it in the beginning, you might have seen some one flip from a wall and run off or some one pop onto a chest high rail with zero sound and equal effortlessness. if these were the reasons that you’re training parkour now then study them and find what pushes you towards this discipline. As for the first example, you might just want to show off and be able to shrug off social barriers in a self verses society temper of  self righteousness ( well props for creativity… haha 😛 ). As for the second, maybe you want to live with such mind boggling complete strength that you can go around and be as lazy yet as talented as you want to be ( make no mistake, to have complete strength would be the height of laziness; think… if you were too tired to pick up the phone and stand there holding it because it took to much strength.. wouldn’t having such strength as to not even feel the phones weight as you pick it up be lazy? now theres a paradox 😀 ).

So your a traceur ehh??? Do a backflip ! hahahaha… now why do you jump ?

Parkour and Fun

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