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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.