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Parkour as a career.
« on: May 22, 2010, 05:28:20 PM »
I'm sure it is possible, people have done it right?

people like Danny Ilabaca have only been training a few years and are still some of the most graceful traceurs out there. I feel like I can't get to be that good because I don't have anything really good to practice on. Looking at the footage I filmed today, I realized that I have nowhere to really practice flow, I am very limited with obstacles, which makes me very limited in my ability to adapt. I also don't have any more experienced traceurs in the area to learn from. I'm only 16 so I can't easily relocate.

I'm not usually a worrier, I have a cool head. I'm worrying about this though. Am I doomed?

By the time I have gotten good, other people will have gotten better, so why would I become famous, how can I make anything of myself if so many other people will no-doubt have already done that?
Heck with drugs and alcohol. I get high off exercise. Feel those endorphins pump.
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010, 05:37:37 PM »
i dont like pro-parkour...
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010, 05:50:04 PM »
You shouldn't be worrying about whether or not you will become famous. That's what is slowing your progression down. Do you think all these people that are on movies and everything were thinking when they first started, "Oh, i'm going to get famous"? No, they pushed themselves as hard as they could, progressed as they felt comfortable and then someone from the outside world said that they could use them in a movie, commercial, etc.

Just do what you love and it will help you.

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010, 05:53:24 PM »
I'm agaisnt calling pro parkour parkour.
Because it's always free running, never parkour.
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010, 05:58:05 PM »
ok, did you all read the yamakasi saying that they're tired of this arguement? parkour is the art of movement, whether its parkour, freerunning, or tricking. its the same thing, labeled under one word.

PARKOUR

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2010, 06:01:42 PM »
You shouldn't be worrying about whether or not you will become famous. That's what is slowing your progression down. Do you think all these people that are on movies and everything were thinking when they first started, "Oh, i'm going to get famous"? No, they pushed themselves as hard as they could, progressed as they felt comfortable and then someone from the outside world said that they could use them in a movie, commercial, etc.

Just do what you love and it will help you.
1, I haven't started worrying about it until very very recently, so I haven't really been hindered by it. If you check out my training journal, I'm actually making pretty good progress.

2, You don't think at least one person thought that? Surely, out of such a wide community, at least one person had to think "This will be my future"

3, if you speak in numeric metaphors, say that my training area has a quality of 3/10, and someone else's area has a quality of 6/10. Their skill will progress faster than mine if we spend the same amount of time training. Say they spend 4 hours training daily, I would have to spend 8 hours training to have the same skill level, but I would have to have a higher skill level to make a bad environment look more impressive.  **note** the numbers are horribly skewed and nowhere near realistic.
Heck with drugs and alcohol. I get high off exercise. Feel those endorphins pump.
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2010, 06:08:30 PM »
It's great if you can get paid to do what you love, but do it because you love it, not because you want to get paid.  I don't know how long you've been doing parkour, but you've only been on the boards since April of this year.  You shouldn't even be thinking about being "pro" or having a professional career.  I have only been doing parkour for a year and a half, so I'm in the same boat as you.  We're basically "white belts" in parkour.  Danny is a "black belt."  Some people can get to black belt in 2 years, most cannot.  There's no reason to beat yourself up over not progressing as fast as you'd like or as fast as others.  There will always be someone better than you, and me, that's life.  Do it because you love it.  If you can do that, you'll always be happy with parkour, and you won't even care if you ever get your black belt, because you'll be too busy having fun.   
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2010, 06:14:02 PM »
in numerical metaphors, 2 years ago, my training area was 1/20.

i lived in the middle of 20 acres of sugarcane. i mean, there was absolutely nothing but a single tree and my barn.

i progressed the most in this time. why? i found the random little things and put stuff together to make big things. i have 3 videos from this time. go to youtube and go to rukusrules, which is my channel. just saying, when you have nothing, look harder.


and as for the person who said they were going to be huge when they first started, i'm sure eventually along the lines, they gave up that dream and just followed their passion. yeah, they might have eventually gotten ahold of that dream, but i promise you, it was a long, hard, and demanding road...

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2010, 06:16:33 PM »
I do parkour because I love it, and want to get paid because I love it. Parkour is the first thing that has ever made me feel like everything is good and ok. I have to have a career eventually, why not try to make it out of my favorite thing in existence?
Heck with drugs and alcohol. I get high off exercise. Feel those endorphins pump.
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2010, 06:25:06 PM »
greg, dude, i love you.
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thats the same dream i have bro. as a matter of fact, i'm going to college to learn how the brain absorbs information, just so i can learn how to teach people.

i'm working on getting certified as a personal trainer.

me, my brother, and my best friend are planning on opening a gym somewhere in the us to teach parkour and freerunning.
(majorly thinking about connecticut, since its dead center of new york, massachusettes, rhode island, jersey, etc...)

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2010, 06:31:15 PM »
greg, dude, i love you.
(no-homo/pedo)

thats the same dream i have bro. as a matter of fact, i'm going to college to learn how the brain absorbs information, just so i can learn how to teach people.

i'm working on getting certified as a personal trainer.

me, my brother, and my best friend are planning on opening a gym somewhere in the us to teach parkour and freerunning.
(majorly thinking about connecticut, since its dead center of new york, massachusettes, rhode island, jersey, etc...)
dibs being a teacher too.

That sounds really awesome though. It sounds like something right up my alley.
Heck with drugs and alcohol. I get high off exercise. Feel those endorphins pump.
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2010, 06:32:25 PM »
ok, did you all read the yamakasi saying that they're tired of this arguement? parkour is the art of movement, whether its parkour, freerunning, or tricking. its the same thing, labeled under one word.

PARKOUR

Thank you for mentioning this - I feel like I'm screaming in a void trying to get this idea (and the Yamakasi quote) across.   :)
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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2010, 06:54:27 PM »
ok, did you all read the yamakasi saying that they're tired of this arguement? parkour is the art of movement, whether its parkour, freerunning, or tricking. its the same thing, labeled under one word.

PARKOUR
why doesn't the link work?

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2010, 06:56:38 PM »
rotfl. there is no link...its actually one of those "how to keep an idiot entertained" things...sorry

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2010, 07:03:57 PM »
howtokeepanidiotbusy.com

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Heck with drugs and alcohol. I get high off exercise. Feel those endorphins pump.
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2010, 07:07:24 PM »
The dream for me is to operate a gym with all kinds of equipment teaching all  kinds of movement and martial arts, a restaurant that specializes in local,  paleo, mindful eating, and an agency that uses the code and philosophies of the warrior-poet to empower people.  ;D But while that's getting off the ground, I'mma be a teacher.

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2010, 07:15:48 PM »
rotfl. there is no link...its actually one of those "how to keep an idiot entertained" things...sorry
hahahahaha that's what I get for being new to forums i guess i'm the idiot tonight then lol

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2010, 07:17:23 PM »
i really didnt mean to do it man, it was a complete accident

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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2010, 07:20:19 PM »
i really didnt mean to do it man, it was a complete accident
haha no worrys man it was my fault for not knowing lol

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Re: Parkour as a career.
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2010, 07:22:08 PM »
i just feel like i called u an idiot...lol