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What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« on: November 20, 2007, 08:40:20 AM »
Many people take the principles they learn through parkour and apply them to their lives. By challenging themselves in parkour both mentally and physically, it becomes easier to deal with problems and obstacles in everyday life. When a difficult situation comes up in daily life, a parkour practitioner can see this as any other obstacle which they've learned to overcome quickly, efficiently, and without disruption to their intended path. Another part of the overall Parkour philosophy is to be useful in a variety of situations. Parkour itself does not strive to be a "complete" discipline.
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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 08:57:22 AM »
Traceurs tend to think on a higher level and learn quickly that fear and stress do not help accomplish goals. We learn how to suppress these emotions and think clearly with a strong will to overcome obstacles that present themselves in our lives.

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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 05:40:17 PM »
Suppressing emotions sounds a bit negative. I'd say Parkour teaches one how to use all energy in the most efficient way... quite the opposite of suppression. I know I can use any "stress" I have whether it be School or anything else as a motivation to get it done as quickly and as well as it can be done.

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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2011, 03:15:13 PM »
I find the term "over-coming these emotions" so much more fitting.  Don't you think?
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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2011, 03:30:36 PM »
Being able to overcome all obstacles, pushing the limits of what you thought you could do. Before parkour, I'd never think I could actually run up a wall. Sometimes emotion can be an obstacle, stopping us from moving on and living our lives to the fullest. Parkour brings a way to express these emotions and show how we feel, sometimes when I'm mad, I have powerful movements. It's a healthy way to take out anger. By expressing these emotions, we can feel better and continue having fun and living our lives to the fullest.
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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2011, 10:38:13 AM »
So can Parkour be considered a martial art? As if you were combating your environment?
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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011, 02:46:27 PM »
So can Parkour be considered a martial art? As if you were combating your environment?

I think it's less combatting your environment and more adapting to the flow of it
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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2011, 06:33:31 PM »
To me, parkour is focus, overcoming fears, overcoming any obstacle, mental or physical.

It's about being strong (but not just physically so), useful and adaptive.

It's about supporting others, building them up. The sense of community I get when I practice with others. But it's also about pushing myself to my limits--and overcoming them, time and again.

Whenever I'm up against a wall, mental, physical, or otherwise, my parkour is there for me, and whenever I'm training with someone else, I'm there for them, a hundred percent.

There's so much more to it than pretty tricks and showing off.

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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2012, 11:46:27 PM »
This kind of engagement of both body and mind has a presence in alot of forms of movement. Parkour is surely exceptional in that it's one of the only movement disciplines that commands absolute precision, focus, and attention. If meditation is about clearing thoughts from your mind and taking everything in with your senses, then Parkour is probably one of the closest things to fitting the bill.

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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 11:44:51 AM »
I think it's less combatting your environment and more adapting to the flow of it

Interviewer: Is parkour a martial art?
David Belle: In philosophy, yes.
(Translated from French)

The way I look at it is: martial arts are to fight responses, as parkour is to flight responses.

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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2012, 05:54:13 PM »
P.I.M. helped inspire me about the philosophy of parkour. During an interveiw, Paul stated something along the lines of "when an angry person is mad, they punch something to show there force and dominance over that object and overall the situation of their stress.  Parkour is a much more posotive version of that.  By successfully completeing  a move, you feel in power over that movement." I agree with what Paul states.

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Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2012, 09:43:45 AM »
Parkour is based around the concept of getting through one’s environment in the most efficient manner possible. Traceurs train to overcome any obstacle that gets in their way and constantly try to adapt and innovate to those obstacles that are present. This represents itself philosophically in that everyone goes through obstacles in life. Practitioners of Parkour try and view all of life through this Parkour-vision, so that throughout one’s life, all obstacles and problems are new opportunities for growth and ways to challenge oneself. This is a universal principle. One can do Parkour on a handrail and on a math test. The philosophy of Parkour says that Parkour is more a mindset than a set of movements.

That being said, Parkour is very personal and unique to each person. There are a lot of commonalities to what the philosophy is, but each person overcomes different obstacles in their lives, and so creates his or her own type of Parkour. Just as trickers and martial artists will have physically different tendencies in their Parkour movements, in the philosophical sense, each person develops their own type of Parkour as they overcome obstacles (or run from them, or become buried by them) in their lives. So the physical training of Parkour is a symbol of the goal of every traceur. Parkour is intended to shape and develop one into better and more equipped a person, and to give them the ability to flourish and empower their lives by training and adapting and overcoming new obstacles.
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