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« on: January 31, 2010, 02:39:01 PM »
Would different styles of Parkour be against its philosophy and promote division?  Or would it encourage new ways of movement and thinking of the ways you do things?   Please give me your thoughts.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 02:56:31 PM »
Define style for me. Do you mean like styles of training and method's to learn things and movements or do you mean styles like with skateboarding (IE: Vert, Street, Flatland)?
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Re: Styles
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010, 02:57:13 PM »
I think it would definitely encourage new ways of thinking, although I don't exactly know what you mean by styles?

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Re: Styles
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010, 03:14:20 PM »
I think in retrospect, the only different "styles" i can think of in that sense is the difference between parkour and freerunning (efficency vs flow, flips vs non)
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Re: Styles
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010, 04:33:43 PM »
There are different environments with different obstacles that must be passed in different ways. Each person has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, so everyone has different ways of getting past the same obstacle.

People train in different ways out of necessity, but we are all trying to get past the obstacles we are faced with. I think this is as close to having different styles as can exist in parkour, but I still think using the word 'style' would mislead people.
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Re: Styles
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010, 04:38:41 PM »
There are different environments with different obstacles that must be passed in different ways. Each person has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, so everyone has different ways of getting past the same obstacle.

People train in different ways out of necessity, but we are all trying to get past the obstacles we are faced with. I think this is as close to having different styles as can exist in parkour, but I still think using the word 'style' would mislead people.

I agree with this.

@OP, however, I'd like to see more of what you mean by "style."
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Re: Styles
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2010, 04:42:57 PM »
I also agree with Dave S.

Can you elaborate on "styles", please.
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Re: Styles
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2010, 05:00:13 PM »
I think what he means by "style" is for example: Tim "Livewire" Shieff, is a powerhouse and his style would be like using alot of his upperbody strength (like flags, one hand-stand, etc.) where M2 (from what i hear) focuses mostly on flow and control compared to flips and fancy tricks, or even King David who doesn't do flips like at all but has crazy fluidity and flow. This is just my guess at what he means.
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Re: Styles
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2010, 05:10:01 PM »
Style gives new ways of thinking, ever since Oleg released Out of Time, everyone's been incorporating some breakdancing into their videos.
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Re: Styles
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2010, 05:15:39 PM »
Style gives new ways of thinking, ever since Oleg released Out of Time, everyone's been incorporating some breakdancing into their videos.
I know I have. Been learning for a little while now and I'm trying to do windmills across low tables now.
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Re: Styles
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2010, 05:26:47 PM »
I think style is largely consists of what moves or techniques someone prefers to use to get over an obstacle. That's not to say that you shouldn't try to get very good with all the basics, but when watching vids, I've seen that there are definitely many styles of movement.
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Re: Styles
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2010, 05:43:33 PM »
I think what he means by "style" is for example: Tim "Livewire" Shieff, is a powerhouse and his style would be like using alot of his upperbody strength (like flags, one hand-stand, etc.) where M2 (from what i hear) focuses mostly on flow and control compared to flips and fancy tricks, or even King David who doesn't do flips like at all but has crazy fluidity and flow. This is just my guess at what he means.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2010, 05:52:00 PM »
I definitely think style is a good thing. Having an individual form of movement and working with that is what allows an individual traceur to progress to their own strengths. That's why there is no concrete way of doing anything...we are always experimenting with movement.



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Re: Styles
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2010, 07:08:21 PM »
I meant style as in a group of movements you prefer that have certain characteristics you like.  For example, moves you really think look cool, are artistic, are perfect for your body type, and you develop the moves and make new ones like them , so the difference is obvious.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2010, 07:22:46 PM »
Honestly, I've never seen any specific "styles" of what you describe. Maybe you how Livewire uses his arms more (which is because he had leg problems so he focused on his arms), Oleg looks like he's good with bar movement (but he's also great in anything), etc etc. I really don't see any "styles". Could you provide examples of what you describe, please?

If you mean preferring, for example, using the kong over the dash most of the time, focus on climbing, I'd say it's a personal preference. Some people like flowing, some people like reaching new places (I love both). End point, it's no way against the philosophies or create division.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2010, 07:40:27 PM »
I know its really stupid, but I, when I posted the comment, was thinking of styles as in kung fu styles.  (Praying Mantis, Tiger Monkey, Crane.  All that.)You know, like when you're practicing, you make a point of moving like some animal, so you can think like it, and so you could do moves you normally wouldn't do.  Getting into character works wonder, you know.  Pretty stupid idea, now that I think about it.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2010, 07:50:54 PM »
I know its really stupid, but I, when I posted the comment, was thinking of styles as in kung fu styles.  (Praying Mantis, Tiger Monkey, Crane.  All that.)You know, like when you're practicing, you make a point of moving like some animal, so you can think like it, and so you could do moves you normally wouldn't do.  Getting into character works wonder, you know.  Pretty stupid idea, now that I think about it.
LMAO, well i think that what i said earlier made much more sense for "different styles"

A kong is a kong, if you there is no other way to do it, unless you do it uncleanly. You're getting abit unrealistic and very imaginative (which isn't a bad thing, imagination is a good thing)
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Re: Styles
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2010, 08:19:21 PM »
I know its really stupid, but I, when I posted the comment, was thinking of styles as in kung fu styles.  (Praying Mantis, Tiger Monkey, Crane.  All that.)You know, like when you're practicing, you make a point of moving like some animal, so you can think like it, and so you could do moves you normally wouldn't do.  Getting into character works wonder, you know.  Pretty stupid idea, now that I think about it.

That animal idea is a very interesting one though.

What if, for an entire day of training, you focused on moving like a certain animal? There are only a few significant options, such as cats and monkeys, but I think it's still a cool concept.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2010, 08:39:25 PM »
The different kung fu styles come from actually observing how the animals fight (except for the dragon, lol). If you want to the same with parkour, observe how animals chase or escape and in what terrain.

Maybe different traceurs do prefer or are more comfortable with whatever.
Personally, I like "hands first" because I'm a careful person and it's more controllable that way.

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Re: Styles
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2010, 08:52:48 PM »
I've definitely seen people with different styles,  everyone has their own methods of movement.  I don't just mean the techniques you use either, once the movements become natural reactions the individual style of movement becomes apparent.  Watch any experienced traceur move through his enviroment, he moves as uniquely as his own character.
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