Parkour, anyone?

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  1. OrangeOne

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    Do we have any TTWs who Parkour?

    I like the ideas and what I've seen of it, and when my I get my hand and knee fixed I'm tempted to go have some fun with a local group and try it out...
     
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  2. origmarm

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    I haven't tried this yet (partly because I'm too fat to be agile :) ). You have to be lean as to do this with any degree of skill

    I have however seen several demonstrations in Paris and recently watched Banlieue 13 or District 13 (English movie title).
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414852/
    Its got David Belle in it, co-inventor of Parkour I believe and absolutely unbelievable to watch.

    I also saw a guy called Sebastien Foucan a few weeks ago in Paris, also incredible to watch. Kind of like Parkour but he runs a lot more, he has a name for it that I forget. I think he was the guy in the latest Bond movie but I'm not sure. If you get a chance to see either take a look, they are probably on YouTube (can't check, banned in my office)
     
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  3. Tempest344

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    I have a friend who does that
    takes a few years of studying and training so you can do some of the really freaky things (like jumping off 3 storey buildings etc)
     
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  4. jayserinos99

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    I'm too fat to do that (and too chicken to try). The closest I do to that is playing Assassin's Creed.
     
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  5. Tempest344

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    lol

    fantastic game that
     
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  6. Rickson

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    I like jumping over the tennis net. Does that count as parkour?
     
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    I once considered it... and then I realized that I don't live in a place very conducive to free running anyhow.

    And I'm terrified of doing anything backwards -- I can front flip, but I can't perform what should be an easier back flip.
     
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  8. LuckyR

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    That was me in Casino Royale... JK...
     
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    Free Running Right? I saw a special on that on The travel channel. It was AWESOME, saw parkour jump from the gun of a battle ship onto the deck about 50 feet and tumble and roll away, those guys are AMAZING
     
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    Ahhh yeh, I do exactly the same! And FYI, yes it was Sebastien Foucan that featured in Casino Royale.
     
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    ...and I would add too smart to try it. Parkour is definitely not for
    the out-of-shape weekend warrior to try on a whim.
     
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  12. OrangeOne

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    Thanks for the replies.

    If what I've read on Wiki is anything to go by, Parkour and Free Running are separate since about 2002, thanks to an ideological disagreement between David and Sebastien (with David Belle being on the Parkour side and Sebastien Foucan on the Free Running Side).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_running
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

    And it's not something that involves building-jumping from minute 1, just like players don't need a 90mph shoulder-high kicker to play tennis. I've seen vids of local groups who are just jumping from seat to seat, etc etc - clearly learning the 'art'.
     
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  13. origmarm

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    Thanks for the links mate, good to read up on it. If you give it a go let us know how it goes for you, it looks very difficult. They had a thing at that exhibition in Paris where they taught kids for a bit, they all ended up on their a*s a lot. Had that fun but painful thing going
     
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