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Offline Josh Klute

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Where would you be without parkour?
« on: January 27, 2006, 06:16:35 PM »
Well I was thinking again (even though my doctor told me it was bad for my health ;)) and I began to wonder "where would I be now if I hadn't discovered parkour?"  I realized that I would probably still be sitting at my computer all day playing video games (or stuck in the marshmallow bin at safeway).  I probably would be in much worse physical condition, and I wouldn't have the motivation to go running everyday.  My physical ability would have stayed mediocre and I would still be eating junkfood on my coach.  I would still be seeing borders, limits, and fences in the world around me, and of course I would not have been prepared for track season this year.  After thinking about all of this it really made me realize that parkour is extremely good for you, sure you may get a few injuries every once and a while, but usually it's not anything too serious (as long as you stretch ;)).  If you ever need an argument for parkour I think I've found one, just explain what your life was like before you found parkour.  Of course this might not work for everyone because I know there are those people out there who are just naturally extremely motivated, hurray for them! :D  I wish I was that way, but now that I've "embraced" parkour I really don't have a problem with motivation.  This topic is basically just to explain how different your life was before you found parkour (if you hadn't guessed that yet) I think it will be very interesting to see how much of an impact parkour has made on our culture, or I guess just community for now ;D
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2006, 09:27:17 PM »
Before Parkour, life seemed more stressful. I never had a problem with motivation, but it always seemed i got so wrapped up in other things that there was no way out. When I found Parkour(or Parkour found me  ;)) it gave me an escape from the world and all of its hassles. After a long day, me and my friend Evan(who registered on APK today wooo) would go out and just run. We would go to the elementary near my house and just vault series of rails and drop offs. It was the perfect realease from the day and all of its responsibilities, nothing to worry about, just you and your environment.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2006, 09:30:09 PM »
I would still be on my couch playing video games every day for 6 hours a day
because of parkour i hadnt touch a vid game in about 4 days in a row.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006, 10:07:18 PM »
A stressed, mean person that never took life or anyone seriously.

That, or dead. Seriously downing, but true.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006, 10:40:24 PM »
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I would still be on my couch playing video games every day for 6 hours a day
because of parkour i hadnt touch a vid game in about 4 days in a row.


I used to be the exact same way. I haven't touched a game in a long time my self. Then again this has been a relativly dry game year.....no blockbuster hits.

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2006, 05:41:21 AM »
I would be in the same place physically, but not the same place mentally.  Parkour is one of several things that has opened my eyes to a more complete way to live.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2006, 08:14:16 AM »
Whitout parkour i be a nerd that loved his studies and never got out much.I would have been oicked out (like the past year without parkour)Nor would i have my hot girlfriend so, parkour has change my self estem to try new things.(football,baseball,track,swimming,GIRLS!)And to tell you the truth im glad i got in trouble and had to stay home besides go to the mall or i would nvm have discovered it on tv.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2006, 12:40:06 PM »
Parkour is the reason I'm getting back into shape. Therefore without parkour, I wouldnt have the determination to stick with diet and exercise.

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2006, 02:48:38 PM »
without parkour i would have nothing to dwell on. i'd be pretty much bored with life because i had no hobbies or specific interest...all i did before i found out about parkour was sit around and try to figure out what to do with myself.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2006, 06:14:48 PM »
i would not be on the track team
i wouldn't be sporting these sweet merrells
i would be in a lower state of physical prowess
i would still be so very limited by....things
i'm more confident now, i can jump over things! hell yea! (seriously, parkour has made me way more confident)
i would still be resorting to video games too often when boredom rears its ugly head
i am never bored if i have access to a {insert commonly appearing piece of enviroment}
i would be...less effective (best way i could put it) in general
i wouldn't know all of the great people i do now because of parkour. (SLCPK FTW)

also, i tried skateboarding once, after a year i still couldn't ollie.  i gave that up.  i'm not that great at biking, either.  parkour gave me something that i can do, and be good at.  If i didn't have access to skis and snow, i was just plain, not that great at anything special. (movement-type/sport/urban things)  what's more, parkour can be done almost anywhere. (sucks to be a skater)

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2006, 06:19:18 PM »
Id probally be stuck walking in an empty amusment park line that loops over it self ovev and over. next time i see one of them i will destroy it with vaults lol

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2006, 11:10:23 PM »
Without Parkour, I wouldn't know you guys.  ;)

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2006, 11:53:36 PM »
I'd probably be a better gymnast  ;D . Still its worth it.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2006, 12:08:19 AM »
without parkour, i have no clue where i would be because the 2 biggest influences in my life right now are:

a.) parkour and related activities.
b.) my girlfriend of nearly a year who i met at gymnastics open gym (because i went there for parkour).
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2006, 04:06:24 PM »
I wouldn't really be as intrested in life as I am right now, for all I know I might not even be here (alive). I also would have never of found a reason to find my limits, mental and physical limits.
Without parkour I would be a wreck.


BTW: ever since I started Parkour I have had a 4.0, yes a 4.0 lol.
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2006, 07:31:14 PM »
I don't know if you guys notice this, but almost everything you have been stating here can be used as a very powerful argument for parkour.  It seems that parkour has been a great tool to change people for the better.  Though it wont really keep us off "the street" ;D, it still helps to shape up our lives for the better (at least most of the time by the looks of it ;)).
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2006, 06:33:08 PM »
hellz yeah. without parkour. i would probabley not be hanging around baltimore so much....wait....wait a second! parkour has increased my chances of getting my white ass shot! haha
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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2006, 07:14:46 PM »
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Where would you be without parkour?

Still in your mother's bed, sucka.

Seriously, Parkour has changed my life in so many ways, on so many levels, its effects on me are infinite. I addressed some of them in my Essay (which I think is still on the front page if you want to read it).

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2006, 02:39:13 PM »
I think that it would suck if there wasn't any parkour. It's really fun to do and it can help you get healthier and you can get around faster. Or just do it for fun. I do all of those. I usually practice 4 days a week. I love it. I don't know where i would be without parkour.

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Re: Where would you be without parkour?
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2010, 05:30:22 PM »
I completely agree with this thread, in a sense parkour is more of a lifestyle than a sport its something that you must be very commited to. you have to be willing to sacrifice almost everything for parkour. I would be a completely different person had i not discovered parkour. I hope you all feel the same way.  ;D