Reluctantly competitive Parkour

A couple of weeks ago I came across a YouTube channel called StorrorBlog that features a group of guys* and their parkour goings-on across the world.

This combination of gymnastic techniques, balletic balance, and martial-artistic strength may not have competitive presence like traditional sports (all the team sports involving a ball or a puck) or extreme sports (surfing, skate-boarding, snowboarding), but there are organizations devoted to the cultivation of parkour skill and artistry.    See USA Parkour and World Freerunning Parkour Federation.

NPR did a story a few years ago about how parkour could find itself as part of the Olympics and be modeled after the way snowboarding became included.  What category would be under, though?  Would it be considered outdoor gymnastics?  Obstacle-course track and field?

I’m in awe; I can also see why authoritative figures aren’t so keen on it.  Issues of trespassing notwithstanding, accidental death (with or without dismemberment), property damage, and unsolicited attention (to specific locations) must be considered.

And yet, why not proceed with the understanding that one’s very act of participating in parkour means that they are responsible for whatever may come to pass?

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* There may be gals too but I haven’t seen enough videos to be sure.

3 thoughts on “Reluctantly competitive Parkour

  1. Christopher

    Je n’avais jamais entendu parler de parkour. ll a l’air fascinant. Je vais peut-être l’essayer.

    On n’est jamais trop vieux pour tenter quelque chose de nouveau!!

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  2. fimfo

    Its difficult for athletes to find safe spaces to train parkour. Parkour “parks” are few and far inbetween. We’re a parkour gym in California (Freedom in Motion Parkour Gym) and have been pushing for a public park to be built for our local athletes for years. We have been making some great progress as of late, however. 😉

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      Hey, thanks for checking out my post and commenting! What’s the scope of the public park that you envision being built and what does it take logistically and administratively?

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