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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2009, 12:29:51 PM »
I wanted to start a thread to see how other people got inspired to do Parkour.  So I guess I'll start it off.

I got inspired after re-finding a video called "Evolution- Le parkour" {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjQxIRWZu0c&feature=rec-HM-r2}
Same here, except, after about half a year, I really came across parkour from searching trampoline tricks. I tried a few vaults and just loved it. I never got the chance to do anything dangerous when I started because there is no variations of elevation anywhere in where I live.

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2009, 01:10:44 PM »
First time I heard the word Parkour it was in thread on another forum, about Zombies and what your Zombie Plan was. I looked it up, but really just forgot about it for while. Then I was watching G4's American Ninja Challenge 2, and saw Levi Meewuenberg...  A couple of days later I googled 'Levi Meewuenberg", got to the Tribe website, but then I saw the link for American Parkour and, well, here I am!

So I blame it all on you Mr. Levi "Skynative" Meewuenberg (Thank You)
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2009, 01:54:58 PM »
I saw a squirrel run up a tree and new it was my destiny  :-Sarcasm


Anyways, like what most people have said, I was into climbing things and jumping over things, etc. I found out about parkour on a random youtube comment on some video about some kids running around and stuff. I then just researched "Parkour" and found out about Xin (Urban Ninja) and thought, "Damn, that'd be amazing to be that good"

So yeahh... =D

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2009, 01:58:41 PM »
Lol, seems like the Urban Ninja inspired alot of us.  I saw it when I was around 11 years old, thought it was cool and forgot about it  :P

hehe I wonder how I would be if I didn't see the video... Oh well, I'll probably find out about parkour some other way :P

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2009, 02:54:14 PM »
I was not inspired by Urban Ninja!   :P

I was always a fan of Jackie Chan and stunt men. Always liked to climb and jump and all that fun stuff. Then I found out about parkour from a video game article on Marc Ecko's Getting Up, in which the main character's movements were inspired by parkour. Went online, found the urbanfreeflow site (this was before APK or PKG, when M2 was still a part of urbanfreeflow. When I ordered stickers and a T-shirt from them I got a small note signed by M2, pretty cool) and the rest is history.

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2009, 03:22:02 PM »
First time I heard the word Parkour it was in thread on another forum, about Zombies and what your Zombie Plan was. I looked it up, but really just forgot about it for while. Then I was watching G4's American Ninja Challenge 2, and saw Levi Meewuenberg...  A couple of days later I googled 'Levi Meewuenberg", got to the Tribe website, but then I saw the link for American Parkour and, well, here I am!

So I blame it all on you Mr. Levi "Skynative" Meewuenberg (Thank You)

levi got me too. i heard about it on ninja warrior and did some research. about a week later one of my friends at lunch mention the extreme tag video
( http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6qhgIdP3l3I ) and i was the only person how had seen it. we both said we wanted to give it a try but it wasnt until about a month later that we tried. we both still train but he went to college, i train alone but that wont stop me

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2009, 03:27:53 PM »
i was doing parkour pretty much all my life just didn't know it
I would always climb over buildings and fences instead of going around
then i saw the russian ninja video and it all began

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2009, 07:54:52 PM »
I actually first heard about it on a cubing forum. I had no idea what it was, so Wikipedia helped me.
Wikipedia:
"Parkour is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment—from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls—and can be practiced in both rural and urban areas. "

That definition sounds pretty awesome. It seemed like a useful skill to learn, so I started practicing.
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2009, 08:05:44 PM »
I was trying to learn to backflip (wikihow lol) when I saw a link to "How to do Parkour". I had no idea what it was, so I used youtube. I saw the Parkour tag video, then googled, because I thought it looked great. And then...APK.

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #29 on: January 07, 2009, 04:54:19 PM »
When I was young I remember I used to look at the buildings as I walked/drived by and I would imagine how I would get from one place to another using the environment. Very much like parkour. I always wished I could do that, recently I found out that his was actually called parkour, so I'm waiting for the spring to really start. I'm conditioning this winter to prepare and maybe Ill go to a gymnastics gym near me since they have parkour stuff every Wednesday.

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2009, 09:38:30 PM »
I was abandoned at a young age to fend for myself. Using my wits and expertise, I managed to impress a nomadic lynx pack who welcomed me in when I proved my courage and power by defeating the dreaded Badger Lord, Gragonox. The Lynxes instilled within me the skills of balance, speed, and the ability to lick my elbows to make them clean. When I came of age, passing many trials of fire and brimstone, the Elder of the group challenged me to a duel to finally become the leader of the pack. I succeeded in beating my sensei in a furious scramble to the top of the highest peak in the mountains, where I stood victorious. My training with the lynxes completed, the pack ushered me into the city where I could begin my new task: marketing my new style of hip hop which incorporated funky fresh beats and acrobatic expertise. While performing in the street, a kind fellow approached me and told me that my "beats were damn sizzlin' and I could be one of those 'paka-koo' guys". A quick query to the local library followed, and the rest is history.
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2009, 11:35:44 AM »
I had heard about it before, and I like climbing stuff hahaha. What got me to start was that they were starting a club at my school. The club never happened, but it got me to start parkour so i consider it a success.
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2009, 03:51:35 PM »
I saw a squirrel run up a tree and new it was my destiny  :-Sarcasm

Lmao, that's a great way to start :)
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2009, 12:54:26 PM »
Jump London actually for me. And the Russian Climbing video.
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2009, 09:21:22 PM »
Actually, I was inspired when Yamakasi was on Ripliey's Believe it or Not, one look and i was impressed I toyed with it on and off ever since. About two years ago I started running and trying to get into shape, I never got that good but I tried. I also watched a lot of videos on youtube since then, and been lurking on this board for a while and I've recently gotten into working out more seriously and will restart my training in the spring. What more can I say :D

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2009, 01:44:40 PM »
district b13, then google, then i just goffed around, and about two weeks ago i began being more serious.

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2009, 03:36:38 PM »
I was abandoned at a young age to fend for myself. Using my wits and expertise, I managed to impress a nomadic lynx pack who welcomed me in when I proved my courage and power by defeating the dreaded Badger Lord, Gragonox. The Lynxes instilled within me the skills of balance, speed, and the ability to lick my elbows to make them clean... While performing in the street, a kind fellow approached me and told me that my "beats were damn sizzlin' and I could be one of those 'paka-koo' guys". A quick query to the local library followed, and the rest is history.

I'm sure  :P

Hm I was inspired by Urban Ninja too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVlGm-s7Lz8;).
Actually here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk .
On a quest to see more awesome videos like that I saw some labeled Parkour and after a search on Wikipedia I wanted to learn. I found some how to videos and one comment had a link to APK and that's that.

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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2009, 07:03:49 PM »
I was abandoned at a young age to fend for myself. Using my wits and expertise, I managed to impress a nomadic lynx pack who welcomed me in when I proved my courage and power by defeating the dreaded Badger Lord, Gragonox. The Lynxes instilled within me the skills of balance, speed, and the ability to lick my elbows to make them clean. When I came of age, passing many trials of fire and brimstone, the Elder of the group challenged me to a duel to finally become the leader of the pack. I succeeded in beating my sensei in a furious scramble to the top of the highest peak in the mountains, where I stood victorious. My training with the lynxes completed, the pack ushered me into the city where I could begin my new task: marketing my new style of hip hop which incorporated funky fresh beats and acrobatic expertise. While performing in the street, a kind fellow approached me and told me that my "beats were damn sizzlin' and I could be one of those 'paka-koo' guys". A quick query to the local library followed, and the rest is history.
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2009, 07:09:22 PM »
When I was young I remember I used to look at the buildings as I walked/drived by and I would imagine how I would get from one place to another using the environment.

That is EXACTLY what I did as well! I haven't really thought about how I used to do it since I started doing parkour (now I do it all the time), but in retrospect, some of the things I imagined were actual well-known movements in parkour, including cat leaps, tic tacs, and vaults.

I was abandoned at a young age to fend for myself. Using my wits and expertise, I managed to impress a nomadic lynx pack who welcomed me in when I proved my courage and power by defeating the dreaded Badger Lord, Gragonox. The Lynxes instilled within me the skills of balance, speed, and the ability to lick my elbows to make them clean. When I came of age, passing many trials of fire and brimstone, the Elder of the group challenged me to a duel to finally become the leader of the pack. I succeeded in beating my sensei in a furious scramble to the top of the highest peak in the mountains, where I stood victorious. My training with the lynxes completed, the pack ushered me into the city where I could begin my new task: marketing my new style of hip hop which incorporated funky fresh beats and acrobatic expertise. While performing in the street, a kind fellow approached me and told me that my "beats were damn sizzlin' and I could be one of those 'paka-koo' guys". A quick query to the local library followed, and the rest is history.

I lol'd. +rep for you.

EDIT: Forgot to mention; I saw the Dvinsk Clan video I thought it was just about the best thing ever. So I looked up parkour a whole bunch. I had, entirely coincidentally, decided just weeks before seeing the video, that I was much too wimpy. So I started doing pushups and crunches and lateral raises everyday for a couple months. I remember how weird it was when I unconsciously rested my hand on my arm in class and I felt a little hard bump that was my bicep (yes, I was slightly overweight and TOTALLY wimpy, muscularly. I wasn't bad at sports though.)

So a couple months after that, I started going out and doing parkour with my friends once a week or so. A while later, I started conditioning seriously, and I got weights and stuff. Couple months after that, and I started training seriously, several times a week, usually alone. Then it soon turned into winter.

And now it's about to be spring, and I'm about to REALLY begin my parkour journey. I think I'm going to start counting my months now (and I'll probably add a few, so it won't seem unrealistic, but my first year and a half of knowing about/doing parkour just doesn't count.)

My dedication now is much greater, and I'm ready to train hard, live free, and regain my ancient human strength.
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Re: How were you inspired to do Parkour?
« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2009, 08:22:51 AM »
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