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    Any other fans here?

    I guess I've been a fan of this stuff for a while, but only recently found out what it really is, if that makes sense. I mean, I had seen isolated stunts being performed and only recently discovered there's like a legitimate community for it. This stuff is just absolutely amazing. Never before have I seen a sport and been immediately fascinated by it.

    I love the purity of the parkour discipline. It's "a utilitarian discipline based upon the successful, swift and energy-efficient traversing of one's surrounding environment". And it's beautiful. Freerunning incorporates aesthetic flips and other non-efficient acrobatic moves and is also absolutely amazing, but for me you can't beat the elegance of parkour's efficient movement. The phrase "poetry in motion" really applies well.

    G4 is currently airing a team based tournament called Jump City: Seattle and it's blowing my mind. If any of you haven't heard of this stuff before and think it sounds interesting I highly recommend checking it out.

    Here's a clip from the latest episode's speed round. The other team actually were far superior but I didn't see a clip of them to post.
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    Oh yeah, I love this stuff. It's just so impressive and amazing to watch.

    Some friends and I climb grade schools, high schools, and colleges. Nothing like parkour and we don't attempt anything like that. It wasn't even influenced by parkour, but it's a lot of fun.

    Some guys fucking around in a state fair: http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=3r398e3b69
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    When I was a kid I spent a summer living with one of my uncles. The local kids took me to an awesome spot under a viaduct railway bridge with a cool park with climbing equipment and swings and shit but the best part was this overgrown WWII bomb shelter and all these giant concrete blocks of various sizes scattered around it. I'm amazed none of us were seriously injured. I went back when I was 18 or so and did some of the jumps again just to sort of prove to myself that I could and scared the shit out of myself. I knew I had to give it up then because the fear was making me hesitate. Actually I broke my ankle when I was 16 doing a jump that should have been easy except I was drunk at the time. That was really the end for me I guess, I didn't have the confidence after that.

    The computer I'm currently using is too shitty to play your video but I'll get back to it.
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    It looks so cool. It's actually something I want to try when I get into good shape.

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    I always find it amusing to see videos of young Danish kids trying parkour in their neighborhoods. Lamers.

    But otherwise I can't really care. I think the film La Haine had a pretty neat parkour scene in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelchairman View Post
    I think the film La Haine had a pretty neat parkour scene in it.
    Casino Royale was the first time I saw it in film I think, though I had no idea what it was. I assumed it was just a stuntman and general Hollywood trickery.

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    It's actually something I want to try when I get into good shape.
    Make sure you start in a gym. It would be suicide to start on the streets as a relatively older person with presumably no gymnastic background.
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    Yeah that's also an amazing scene. I knew beforehand though, it was rather hyped that that guy was like the parkour champ or something.
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    It is the only reason to watch Banlieue 13 and its sequel.
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    Has anyone played Mirrors Edge? That's the parkour game right? I was always interested, but never really checked it out.
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    I have been in love with Parkour for years. I love the idea of sculpting your body to its utmost efficiency. I like the Parkour motto also, "be strong to be useful."

    Unfortunately, there's no real community here in Arkansas, one of the worst states for finding a "guild" or team or whatever to practice with and learn from, and generally just enjoy the sport. It seems like significantly less fun by yourself.
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