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Offline 2BUseful

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Hello from Northern Virginia
« on: December 10, 2008, 04:28:20 PM »
Stuart here.  I'm a 37-year-old father of two living in the Washington DC area.  Got interested in parkour the same way I expect a lot of people did.  Loved Casino Royale.  Own a well-watched copy of Banlieu 13.  And could probably cite a half dozen other movies I've seen with good parkour sequences (mostly courtesy of Cyril Raffaelli).

What I didn't know, until relatively recently, is the underlying philosophy espoused by David Belle.  I knew that parkour was thought of more as a discipline, akin to martial arts, and less like... say, freestyle skateboarding.  But didn't know much more than that.

Reading articles about David Belle led me to his father Raymond and then to Georges Hebert's "Methode Naturelle," which I find fascinating.

Mostly, I'm here in the hopes of learning more about that underlying philosophy.  I love the Hebert quote "be strong to be useful."

I've never done parkour.  I'm a long-time martial arts enthusiast.  And I'd like to get more into a fitness regimen based on useful physicality and less on lifting weights, etc.


Stuart

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Re: Hello from Northern Virginia
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008, 06:15:31 PM »
Hi Stuart! KBZed here, a newbie in DC.  On the off chance you didn't see the thread in the mid-atlantic forum, wanted to make sure you knew there's a jam in Ballston on Sunday.  Check out the thread in the forum, or the new dc metro website. Should be a nice mix of experienced and, um, the rest of us.  Hope you can join us!  kbz

  http://www.dcmetroparkour.info/


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Re: Hello from Northern Virginia
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2008, 06:40:36 PM »
I hadn't, no.  Just discovered this place actually.  Thanks for the heads up, mate!  I appreciate it.


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