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Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« on: August 02, 2010, 03:12:35 PM »
I think parkour and freerunning should have a name that refers to both, like how the word 'snake' refers to both cobras and pythons. There's too many videos out there titled "parkour and freerunning," and this phrase also pops up in general conversation frequently. It doesn't really roll off the tongue, does it? Agree or disagree? If you agree, do you have any ideas as to what we should call these two outrageously awesome activities?

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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2010, 03:14:17 PM »
They're different. Far different, but I won't argue that in this thread.

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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2010, 03:31:20 PM »
They're different. Far different, but I won't argue that in this thread.

i agree with you, they are very different. but most people do both at the same time. "parkour and freerunning" can get kinda wordy. there should be a universal word. i know some people use the term "free parkour"
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2010, 05:05:13 PM »
There was a verb for Parkour made up by some of the community members.
I believe they called it "Tracing" (Originated from the word Traceur), but a lot of people disagreed to use it because they worried that it would confuse people or make it difficult for people to learn/discover Parkour.
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010, 05:18:11 PM »
Eh its all movement

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 05:19:40 PM »
Eh its all movement

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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2010, 06:06:19 PM »
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2010, 06:08:19 PM »
Well, we have names for both :)

And, we have names if you want to call both one thing :)

And we have names if you want to call them different things ...

And we have names ....
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2010, 06:09:03 PM »
There was a verb for Parkour made up by some of the community members.
I believe they called it "Tracing" (Originated from the word Traceur), but a lot of people disagreed to use it because they worried that it would confuse people or make it difficult for people to learn/discover Parkour.

no,   you don't go basketball playering, you don't go "tracing"
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2010, 06:17:03 PM »
In my opinion, the titles are fine the way they are. I don't think there needs to be a universal term for separate ideas; generalizing doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Just my two cents.

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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2010, 06:18:29 PM »
L'art du dèplacement.

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By the way, my observation on Parkour v. Freerunning has been:
- If you listen to Sébastien Foucan, Freerunning is l'ADD emphasizing aesthetics and personal expression, while Parkour is l'ADD emphasizing efficiency of motion.
- If you read SPIKE magazine from last month, alongside quotes from Sébastien Foucan, you will see something completely different: that "Freerunning" is the English translation of Parkour to make it more accessible for English speakers.
- If you listen to David Belle on this, he's pretty much silent about Freerunning.  I get the feeling there is a lawsuit waiting for him if he says anything about it, but maybe he really just doesn't have an opinion.
- If you go to a Parkour jam, some people are doing flips and stuff and everyone thinks it's great.
- If you mention this on a parkour forum, you risk starting a holy war.

Me personally, if I could do flips, I would.  I'm more concerned about breaking my neck than any kind of purist ideal.
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2010, 06:22:13 PM »
its all movement. they are different forms of movement but still movement. so if you want a generalized name call it movement  :-Sarcasm
 

otherwise they are too different to just have a generalized name.



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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2010, 06:22:50 PM »
In my opinion, the titles are fine the way they are. I don't think there needs to be a universal term for separate ideas; generalizing doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Just my two cents.
exactly, the problem we have now with the general populace is generalizing.    They don't know they difference and we aren't going to help that by trying to lop it all together in on word
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2010, 06:23:54 PM »
exactly, the problem we have now with the general populace is generalizing.    They don't know they difference and we aren't going to help that by trying to lop it all together in on word
exactly.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2010, 06:26:47 PM »
I'd disagree with the it's all movement thing.

Sure, they are all ways of moving, but that generalizing to such a degree it become the same. I think there DOES need to be a dividing line between gymnastics, parkour, freerunning, tricking, and what other disciplines/sports you like to move in.

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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2010, 06:35:52 PM »
evan i was being sarcastic. because movement is about the most generalized thing you could call it. and only by generalizing it that much do they become similar.
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2010, 06:36:45 PM »
evan i was being sarcastic. because movement is about the most generalized thing you could call it. and only by generalizing it that much do they become similar.

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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2010, 06:39:26 PM »
lol sorry forgot the face
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2010, 06:44:47 PM »
PKFR. Shorter than saying parkour and freerunning
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Re: Parkour and freerunning need a universal name.
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2010, 06:46:07 PM »
PKFR. Shorter than saying parkour and freerunning

That feels awkward off the tongue to me. I think tracing would be the best alternative.