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Parkour and Freerunning => Parkour And Freerunning => Topic started by: Ninjatic Silver on September 07, 2010, 02:50:33 PM

Title: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 07, 2010, 02:50:33 PM
I recently told this on a different post, but I wanna know what inspired others to participate in such an activity. Here is mine:

I recently started it (a little less than 1 year ago), and trained day by day, with nobody to hang out with (I grew up where nobody really ever liked me...let's pick on the skinny kid because he's the weakest, make fun of him for no reason, etc.), I had 1 or 2 friends, one stopped hanging out with me though. The other one trains with me sometimes now. But even before I started, I met my best friend in the entire world, never said anything bad about me, knew everything about me and still has the heart to be my best friend. It inspired me to do something great with my life. So that's what I did. I started training for parkour and freerunning. Constant conditioning, etc. Now everybody is like "hey it's that parkour guy!" and then I just smile, unsure of what to say and keep walking.
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Post by: FreeStyleFox on September 07, 2010, 03:07:42 PM
I am pretty sure there has been more then one of these I guess its about time for a new one... if I can get 20 stories on this one I will Sticky this.

I watched a video of David Belle one day wile looking for funny/interesting/sexy videos wile i was still in collage.  Two days later and lots of looking I found the video again.  Two days after that knowing his name I did a search and found a video of a jam in SoCal of a group of people just starting there.  I told my self I can do this.  I learned the name and then went to UFF and other sites finding tutorials and inspiration.
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Post by: Josh S on September 07, 2010, 03:41:22 PM
To be honest, I was learning more about Mirror's edge on the internet. It said something about her "parkour-like-skills." I looked up what parkour was and was instantly interested in it. I learned about its history and its purpose, started training, and got to where I am now :)
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Post by: Alex Melusky on September 07, 2010, 04:27:32 PM
Three years ago, a documentary was shown to me by my father. This documentary was Jump Britain. After being inspired by Sebastien and Urban Freeflow, I went outside in the snow and tried it. I found a friend at school and now I'm teaching and training with close to ten people.
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Post by: Andrea. on September 07, 2010, 04:54:02 PM
I was reading an article about how to survive large drops, somewhere in there they put some links to some different rolls. Seen the word parkour, searched around a bit, found out about it, decided I wanted to try it, started training. :P
Yeah, boring, I know. :P
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Post by: Joshua Sikes on September 07, 2010, 05:02:07 PM
Oddly enough I just answered this question in the "Why are you doing this" thread.  Maybe it should get moved here... lol. ;D
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Post by: Gavin Barnes on September 07, 2010, 05:03:07 PM
My friend Ryan told me about it shortly after he learned about it. He showed me some videos then I was hooked. I started looking at tutorials and practicing. It felt great.
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Joshua Sikes on September 07, 2010, 05:07:17 PM
I know but I was responding to other posts in the thread... it made sense at the time... lol.
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: FreeStyleFox on September 07, 2010, 05:07:54 PM
Oddly enough I just answered this question in the "Why are you doing this" thread.  Maybe it should get moved here... lol. ;D
  Lol I got ride of my last post sorry I miss read yours because I had not got to your reply in the other thread first... I say do it add it to this thread too!!
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Post by: new2pk on September 07, 2010, 05:56:06 PM
Okay pretty much I have no friends  :'( and I get very bored so I was looking up wall runs and in the comment box people where talking about PK so I started browseing the web.
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Post by: Gorramshiny on September 07, 2010, 07:08:58 PM
I decided to take the most efficient path through a market street and when asked why, I said "'cause I wanted to". The person I was with told me to check out PK and things just snowballed from there.
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Post by: tibo on September 08, 2010, 01:35:04 AM
i always loved running around and sprinting through streets dodging and weaving things/people  :P
i was surfing youtube and i saw PK and i was like  :D :o awesome!!!
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Post by: Micah. on September 08, 2010, 05:19:46 PM
I always enjoyed monkeying around public places, and pushing my body to the limits. Then I found about Parkour / Free Running sometime last year, but was too preoccupied with my self-esteem / body issues to actually pursue it. Then around 4 months ago, I couldn't handle just staying inside lifting weights, then doing nothing on the ' rest days. ' Got a strength routine, and weekly schedule. Since then, I haven't looked back.

<3 PK
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Post by: Josh Boggs on September 08, 2010, 05:44:02 PM
i seen this show called "Cha$e" its a sci fi show about a real life boardgame. and people are hunting you...they're called "Hunters" one of the Hunters skills was "Parkour"...
i seen this and i'm sitting here thinking..wtf is parkour? so i got my laptop out and searched around a bit...stumbled upon the "Parkour and FreeRunning" vid by Sauloco....and then stumbled upon urban freeflows website...

it intrigued me, but for months i never got up and done it. so one day me and my friends tried it..i'm the only one committed to it now..
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: scott on September 08, 2010, 06:31:20 PM
a kid who moved to my school made me interested in it because he saw that i could keep up with him when i didn't even know what parkour was, i was just running around for the fun of it basically
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Post by: Tex__ on September 08, 2010, 07:59:25 PM
i saw it on the internet and thought it looked cool, did research and found the philosophy and found it inspiring
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Post by: shadowofnight on September 08, 2010, 08:02:09 PM
i saw cool videos on the internet and some friends were doing it so i started to try it and i got into the philosophy later on...
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Post by: Nick Briseno on September 08, 2010, 08:30:54 PM
xbox got boring...
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Post by: Tom Shaw on September 09, 2010, 09:43:46 AM
My friend chose parkour as the subject for a presentation we both had to do together. I just went with it, and afterwards he taught me some moves, and I found out more about it on the internet. Now we're both training daily :)
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Post by: FreeStyleFox on September 09, 2010, 02:56:01 PM
xbox got boring...
  So how did you find out about it?  What inspired you that this is what to do after xbox?
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Post by: Macgyver 0. on September 09, 2010, 03:04:26 PM
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Okay pretty much I have no friends 

Do now  ;)

I spen hours on the computer everyday. did no school extra-curricular or anything. had a few friends, but never hung out with them.  I started noticing a little bit of weight gain.  I started doing a small pathetic workout in my dad's office.  One time some friends were looking up hackey-sack vids while I was doing pull-ups. They found a video called street running or something. became interested. I became obssessed with russian climbing, later to find out it was called Parkour. Became ecstatic when I found AmericanParkour. started WOD, and noticed extreme change in my fitness level. I have stayed motivated, obsessed, and training hard since then 8)
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Post by: Xiras on September 09, 2010, 03:30:20 PM
Because I've done martial arts my while life, parkour/ free running just seemed like another discipline itself and once I truly got started it just felt so right; like I shouldve been doing it all along
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 09, 2010, 03:43:28 PM
All are amazing replies. =D Also, it just got 20 replies. =D
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: FreeStyleFox on September 09, 2010, 05:42:43 PM
Yes but at least five of them are internal discussion so five more stories.  :P
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 09, 2010, 06:00:56 PM
-waits for 5 stories-
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: leftyPK on September 09, 2010, 06:50:35 PM
saw a video on it, then i watched some of the tutorial videos on simple vaults, so i vaulted over my couch a few times  :-X

looked it up a little more, learned some more stuff, and.... yeah
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Swa on September 09, 2010, 08:49:09 PM
Youtube
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Post by: hfksla on September 09, 2010, 09:19:42 PM
was trying to learn how to do a flip from youtube tutorials :P
then i saw parkour in the related vids
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Post by: Michael Himes on September 10, 2010, 12:29:40 AM
Well here's how mine went down. WE all know urban ninja. That famous video. I saw that and was like cool... About a year or two later I met a friend he's like have you heard of freerunning? It's what the urban ninja guys does. We're both like "We should do this, but I'm not up for flips yet..." Next day September first he finds a David Belle video and says "This right here is parkour! This is what we're looking for." We looked up a little more then we went out and trained that day. Later that night I found out about HIPK and also about the jams. We started because it looked cool. We went to a jam and learned so much from it. Things like the mindset and the philosophy. After that we started getting into the mind set, started conditioning everyday. We'd go out and train everyday.

So basically I started because it looked cool, I stayed because of the philosophy.

And that's pretty much how I got into it.
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Post by: Chelton on September 10, 2010, 03:15:02 AM
  I saw B13 ULTIMATUM, all the crazy movements and tricks made me be amazed. Firs I thought that i t was all fake, that it was all impossible.
 But a week later, at natgeo science of martial arts show I saw a guy doing the same kind of crazx jumps, so I was sure that it was all real and continueand watching the show. At the end of the show they said something like "this is parkour" so went directly to the pc and searched for parkour, and found the apk site, here is when all started.
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 10, 2010, 04:03:35 AM
  I saw B13 ULTIMATUM, all the crazy movements and tricks made me be amazed. Firs I thought that i t was all fake, that it was all impossible.
 But a week later, at natgeo science of martial arts show I saw a guy doing the same kind of crazx jumps, so I was sure that it was all real and continueand watching the show. At the end of the show they said something like "this is parkour" so went directly to the pc and searched for parkour, and found the apk site, here is when all started.
Now that my friend, is truly amazing! and you may be interested in this shirt lol: http://www.zazzle.com/impossible_is_just_the_beginning_tshirt-235736012193877620 (http://www.zazzle.com/impossible_is_just_the_beginning_tshirt-235736012193877620)
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Post by: Johnny Rottenkolber on September 10, 2010, 03:32:29 PM
Started in june, still new.Saw a game trailer(Brink) and said "Holy Sh*t I want to do that" And im geting better.
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Post by: woodsykris on September 10, 2010, 04:38:34 PM
My friend's family was in Alaska over the summer. One of her facebook posts talked about how her sons were going to watch their host family's son "freefun" at a park.  I was like, "what does it mean to 'freerun'?"  So I checked out wikipedia, which mentioned parkour and David Belle.  I searched youtube for David Belle. I watched all of the interviews with him I could find, was so intrigued by the philosophy. Somehow found APK, read around for a bit. Noticed how positive, friendly and welcoming the APK community is and thought PK might be the perfect family activity and the remedy to my previously feeling like I didn't have enough energy to keep up with my kids. So 2.5 months in, I *DO* have more energy and tons of fun playing with my kids at parks, and I don't feel like I need a nap every afternoon.  I've also lost 10 pounds since I started conditioning.  ;D 
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Post by: Euronin on September 11, 2010, 03:09:14 PM
I started doing parkour after my bro sowed me this movie when I was 11:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2751400/www_wfpf_com_crazy_mix_doyle_ilabaca_king_david_turner/
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Post by: Nooblet177 on September 12, 2010, 06:31:59 AM
Me and my friend were walking around one day (about three monthsa ago) and we stopped at a park. He showed me something he called the sloth climb and said it was parkour. I kind of knew what parkour was but I only saw some thing on MTV about it. I thought it was all flipping. Anyway, I was so intereseted and he showed me some stuff on fence vaults...he called them rail hops. God, looking back he sure didnt know what he was talking about! After that day I youtubed many videos, learning, and studying. I trained frequently with my freind mentioned earlier. Our third training session he says to me, "  i've got parkour down now i'm going to free running".....ok, somethings not right there. What an ignoramus! He does not see the values of parkour and isnt very good. He wouldnt do it in front of people and he was scared of everything. Long story short, he stopped doing it and were not freinds anymore and I continue to train and improve!!
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 12, 2010, 07:37:27 AM
Me and my friend were walking around one day (about three monthsa ago) and we stopped at a park. He showed me something he called the sloth climb and said it was parkour. I kind of knew what parkour was but I only saw some thing on MTV about it. I thought it was all flipping. Anyway, I was so intereseted and he showed me some stuff on fence vaults...he called them rail hops. God, looking back he sure didnt know what he was talking about! After that day I youtubed many videos, learning, and studying. I trained frequently with my freind mentioned earlier. Our third training session he says to me, "  i've got parkour down now i'm going to free running".....ok, somethings not right there. What an ignoramus! He does not see the values of parkour and isnt very good. He wouldnt do it in front of people and he was scared of everything. Long story short, he stopped doing it and were not freinds anymore and I continue to train and improve!!
And so your name was...lol. Anyways, that's an interesting story. I value parkour a heckuva lot! But yet I still want to be a freerunner. If I threw in acrobatics and was able to do anything anywhere, not just needing obstacles, I think it would add in some fun because there aren't too many of them on my way to school (when I feel really energized for some reason) and I can only do realy sloppy cartwheels. ^_^ I know, I am so horrible I can't get that basic technique down. But I am getting closer every time.
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Post by: Shaun Andersen on September 12, 2010, 09:18:10 AM
I was at a friends house and he was like " Alright lets go free running " and I had no idea what he was talking about.  After he showed and explained it, I got into it.  Now I have put together a Team of 5 of my friends and we love doing it.
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Post by: Jacquis "Curfew" on September 12, 2010, 09:26:33 AM
One summer i was sittin on the computer bored and i went to youtube and decided to look up ninjas. I found the Urban Ninja vid and it just exploded from there. In the morning and afternoons I'd go out to the back porch and practice vaults on the short railing, do rolls in the grass and climb trees... ;D  awesome!
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Post by: yesman on September 12, 2010, 11:08:48 AM
I always did it sence I was a kid but then at 15 i learned it had a name so I trained harder in it and learned rolles, kongs, and flips. :) :) plus its fun to do with friends
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Post by: J. Gabriel Alvarez Manilla on September 12, 2010, 04:27:59 PM
I actually got started in 2nd and 3rd grade recesses in my old school in Mexico. Games like tag were very common, and so I was always trying to figure out how to get the drop on pursuers. Stuff like figuring out how to get up that ledge without banging my knee over it or jumping from slide to monkey bars over people chasing me. I only stopped moving around like that becuase middle school in the USA usually does away with recess. I got back to highschool, and I resumed running, jumping and climbing, and even figured out a way to get onto the school roof, although I was into skateboarding. Finally, winter of 9th grade, a friend was all like "dude, check this out. It's like skateboarding, but without the board." He showed me the Russian Ninja video. I wasn't too impressed, actually, but I decided I would look farther into it, found the Urban Freeflow site, and took a look at their vaulting tutorials. I learned that and wall runs, but was kind of still a skateboarder until I started joining training sessions with the people at overflux and they showed me how to train, and here I am. After that, skateboarding kind of faded out and parkour just flowed in. It was very subtle. I can't remember a time when I wasn't doing parkour, and yet I can't remember a time when I was. It's all just... there, it's really weird.
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Post by: Billy Heston on September 12, 2010, 10:40:15 PM
A bunch of friends and I were out one night playing blindmans bluff... a couple of guys showed up that i had not met before(Dylan H. and Dale M.). Well i started to notice how agile and easy they made the game look, when i talked to them they told me about parkour, and they showed me more about it. I was really intrested in it. I thought I'd give it a try and ended up completly loving it. Now i train w/ those same guys all the time. and im pretty sure I'll be doing parkour for a long time.  :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 13, 2010, 03:56:47 AM
A bunch of friends and I were out one night playing blindmans bluff... a couple of guys showed up that i had not met before(Dylan H. and Dale M.). Well i started to notice how agile and easy they made the game look, when i talked to them they told me about parkour, and they showed me more about it. I was really intrested in it. I thought I'd give it a try and ended up completly loving it. Now i train w/ those same guys all the time. and im pretty sure I'll be doing parkour for a long time.  :)
This one sounds like the awkward one out of all of them. "Yeah these two potential rapist guys showed me about some cool moves and I got into it." Lmao XD
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Post by: FreeStyleFox on September 13, 2010, 04:10:31 AM
This one sounds like the awkward one out of all of them. "Yeah these two potential rapist guys showed me about some cool moves and I got into it." Lmao XD
Nah at the time we were friends with some of their friends.  I meet him and his wife the same night.  Large group of people playing tag with only two traceurs.  And when you have blindfolded guys actually climbing around on the play ground equipment to try and get each other the others tend to notice.  Also when the same guys are doing huge leaps and cats to get away from getting tagged they tended to notice too.

Billy is really awesome and we are glad to have him in the group!
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Post by: Kyle Rudolph on September 13, 2010, 04:18:53 AM
Oleg Vorslav.
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Post by: sasukewillkilluall on September 13, 2010, 02:35:15 PM
my gym teacher said i would like it and told me to look it up and i was just inspired I stayed up till 2 in the morning looking up vault tutorials on youtube and doing them on my couch
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Post by: midnight46 on September 13, 2010, 05:48:56 PM
i had heard about parkour from a couple of friends who had seen someone doing a wall run to get on the roof of a qt and asked them what they were doing,so at the point i thought parkour was just running up walls.eventually a few months later i had gotten a new phone that could get on the internet(since i didnt have internet on my computer)so i was bored one night watching youtube videos and just happend to remember that thing about running up walls ,and so i searched parkour on youtube.The first thing that came up happened to be a video from american parkour,for pretty much the basic stuff(kong,speed,rolls,and cats)and i thought i would try it.been obssesed ever since.

thanks to skipper and m2 by the way as they were the ones in the video and i think there was someone else but I dont remember who....o well anways thanks you two,you guys  are pretty much the reason I started parkour
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Post by: floatingcakes on September 14, 2010, 11:33:09 AM
A bunch of shirtless gorgeous guys climbing walls?
I'm in.  ;D And I'm the only girl interested in parkour around here so..look it's a reverse HAREM!!  ;D
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 14, 2010, 01:53:27 PM
A bunch of shirtless gorgeous guys climbing walls?
I'm in.  ;D And I'm the only girl interested in parkour around here so..look it's a reverse HAREM!!  ;D
We think you are gorgeous as well. =P
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Post by: J. Gabriel Alvarez Manilla on September 14, 2010, 03:18:53 PM
it's a reverse HAREM!!  ;D

You wouldn't happen to be into Manga/Anime much, would you?
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 14, 2010, 03:21:52 PM
You wouldn't happen to be into Manga/Anime much, would you?
I'm not into anything displayed on a television much. XD
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Post by: J. Gabriel Alvarez Manilla on September 14, 2010, 03:45:10 PM
displayed on a television much.

You actually don't see much Anime on TV. Mainly on adult swim or anime-specific channels that you need to pay for. Very rarely can it be viewed outside of these unless it's on the web. And manga is viewed on paper, as in a serialized magazine or a book of collected chapters... Btw, the question was intended for Ms. Floatingcakes, who used a term I have never seen used outside of an anime/manga context.

Well, this definetly didn't get off topic.
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Post by: A on September 15, 2010, 03:42:17 AM
Martial-Arts i guess, I'd always done things along the lines of Parkour in the past with my training, just never knew there was a seperate art to it at the time. Or maybe it was just Youtube videos and Mirrors Edge..
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Post by: Billy Heston on September 15, 2010, 07:20:14 PM
Nah at the time we were friends with some of their friends.  I meet him and his wife the same night.  Large group of people playing tag with only two traceurs.  And when you have blindfolded guys actually climbing around on the play ground equipment to try and get each other the others tend to notice.  Also when the same guys are doing huge leaps and cats to get away from getting tagged they tended to notice too.

Billy is really awesome and we are glad to have him in the group!

Thanks Dale, Great to be apart of it. You guys are awesome 2!  :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 15, 2010, 07:29:05 PM
Martial-Arts i guess, I'd always done things along the lines of Parkour in the past with my training, just never knew there was a seperate art to it at the time. Or maybe it was just Youtube videos and Mirrors Edge..
Sir you look absolutely ripped.
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Post by: Sala on September 16, 2010, 10:22:07 PM
I was 10 years old.
My Dad just passed away.
I needed something to do.
My older brother linked me to some youtube vids.
Started training.
No more emotional build up
All vented through movement.
Hooked ever since.
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Post by: Larry Harris on September 17, 2010, 03:44:19 AM
a friend of mine knows how much i love bboyin(breakdancing) and she sent me a youtube link to David Belle's scene in Banlieue 13(district B13) and i was like whoa!! so i been gradually doin it, juggling dancing, playin army(i hate the militry) and building cars. i can admit its very fun and come to find out a friend that i break with does it also so when i get back from iraq ima link up with him
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Post by: TrampolineSkateGuru on September 17, 2010, 04:32:22 PM
Okey, one day when i was very little, I was watching saturday morning cartoonz, and TMNT came on for the first time and my jaw dropped  :o .. soo i told my dad i want to become a ninja (and how little i was, i belived the shredder was real XD) so my dad told me " i guess will put you in karate (Tae kwon do) then i got to yellow belt, And i quit and my Sensai left :'(. So, i gave up being a ninja for a while, Till' 2006, When i saw youtube's hit "Urban ninja". Then, it all started. :)  Thank you for posting this forum* (dont know how to spell XD).. ive been wating 4 one for so long on other websites. I LOVE PARKOUR!
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 18, 2010, 07:12:43 AM
I LOVE PARKOUR!
We all do here. :)
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Post by: A on September 19, 2010, 05:01:57 AM
Sir you look absolutely ripped.
Haha, well thank you. I do a few pushups, here and there..


No more emotional build up
All vented through movement.
Hooked ever since.
Yeah, i can relate to this. It helps. 
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Post by: Frozone248 on September 20, 2010, 11:51:34 AM
I saw this K-swiss ad and was astonished. I looked up K-Swiss and found out about parkour. Since then My interest just grew and then I started training.
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Post by: Hiphopopotomus on September 21, 2010, 02:35:19 PM
I played mirrors edge and thought it was pretty cool, so I went on youtube and watched some people do some parkour. I started doing stuff with two of my friends like hopping fences and stuff and now we are far more advanced.
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Post by: hagxkam on September 21, 2010, 09:55:20 PM
hnestly ? im 16 and ive been pakouring all my life but i just called it climbing and my family called it being wild ive climbed flipped and spun every wall flip and spin i guess now theres an organized society for it lol ...
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 22, 2010, 03:32:22 AM
hnestly ? im 16 and ive been pakouring all my life but i just called it climbing and my family called it being wild ive climbed flipped and spun every wall flip and spin i guess now theres an organized society for it lol ...
More than one. Just...some more organized than others.
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Post by: pk1993 on September 22, 2010, 03:53:13 AM
I started parkour at 16. I have never followed a path. I always climbed walls and rails. trying to see how good I can balance and how far I can jump. Then I saw Russian Climbing on youtube, and I was hooked.
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Post by: dwilson1707 on September 22, 2010, 07:45:23 AM
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Post by: Montezz on September 22, 2010, 07:51:47 AM
I started because I saw it on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Then I went Downtown and saw some kids doing it and that's when I decided to start.  :P
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 22, 2010, 03:13:18 PM
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If it was a serious threat to the tigers then they would ban the hunting of tigers and keep them in safe places until the population is high again. As they do with other animals.
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Post by: Tex__ on September 22, 2010, 03:15:51 PM
If it was a serious threat to the tigers then they would ban the hunting of tigers and keep them in safe places until the population is high again. As they do with other animals.

they have done that. its called poaching dude. tigers have been endangered for a long ass time. its predicted that in a generation or two they will be extinct.
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Post by: whiteybeans on September 22, 2010, 05:33:09 PM
even before i knew what it was, i used to do two handed vaults over picnic tables, which seemed huge back then haha, along some other really basic movements. and one day me and my friends were screwing around on this roof and he mentioned freerunning. i went home and looked it up on the computer, and thought it looked fun & i could do it. so the first thing i tried was a kong over a table which took a little persistance but when i did it, it was so rewarding. ive been practicing ever since. :D
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Post by: Yusuf Abed on September 23, 2010, 06:00:38 AM
Thing is ive been doing things like this since i was like 7. Never realy knew it was Parkor. Mu friend told me to watch a vid on Parkour and said itd change my perception of what people can do. I was instantly hooked.
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Post by: The ninga on September 24, 2010, 08:32:08 AM
In school, i was bullied by a larger kid and my friends always had to stand up for me. i had decided that i wanted to learn some way to be stronger and have fun at the same time, so while i was in nova scotia. my neighbor how is an awsome tracer, started to teach me the basics and from there i just started to become better.
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Post by: Kyle Relliford on September 24, 2010, 08:54:32 AM
I love watching the show ninja warrior on G4. once i saw what Levi and Brian did it got me hooked. I never really started it though. Then one day, i went to a gym's fair in scottsdale,AZ and saw a demo there. i talked to the head person and he hooked me up with someone who lived nearby.
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Post by: tracuerkid101 on September 26, 2010, 08:12:43 AM
I learn parkour from the video game assassins creed and inFAMOUS and also [prototype]
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on September 26, 2010, 04:16:15 PM
I learn parkour from the video game assassins creed and inFAMOUS and also [prototype]
I absolutely LOVED the game [PROTOTYPE]
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Post by: Evan Fleming on September 26, 2010, 06:38:31 PM
I wanted to free my mind.

...Well, that, and team sports got boring to me.






...but I mostly wanted to free my mind.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: MidnightSky on September 28, 2010, 01:27:44 PM
I was walking down the sidewalk one day outside of a laser tag arcade and saw a man front flipping over bushes on flat ground and running on rails. I found it fascinating, he said he does "Parkour" so I looked it up online.. found this site.. watched YouTube videos and what not.
Im just starting, havent done much movements but for the time being im conditioning till the time comes. :)
This sport is amazing,
Next to Skateboarding ;)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Evan Fleming on September 28, 2010, 04:39:36 PM
I was walking down the sidewalk one day outside of a laser tag arcade and saw a man front flipping over bushes on flat ground and running on rails. I found it fascinating, he said he does "Parkour" so I looked it up online.. found this site.. watched YouTube videos and what not.
Im just starting, havent done much movements but for the time being im conditioning till the time comes. :)
This sport is amazing,
Next to Skateboarding ;)

My friend, you're not learning Parkour. XD
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: J. Gabriel Alvarez Manilla on September 28, 2010, 07:26:58 PM
My friend, you're not learning Parkour.
This sport is amazing,
Next to Skateboarding ;)
[/quote]

If you're talking about learning flips and call it freerunning, I'd call it learning parkour with tricking on the side
If you're talking about how he refers to it as a sport, he's still learning movement, but hasn't quite caught on to the philosophy yet.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Evan Fleming on September 29, 2010, 04:45:42 AM
If you're talking about learning flips and call it freerunning, I'd call it learning parkour with tricking on the side
If you're talking about how he refers to it as a sport, he's still learning movement, but hasn't quite caught on to the philosophy yet.


Agreed.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: TheParkourPanda on September 29, 2010, 05:05:25 AM
i started 2 1/2 years ago when me and my friends were watching videos on youtube, we came across a video entitled "russian climbing"  and at the beginning it said "latvia, parkour" (which i thought was a location because ive never heard of it and im not familiar with russia's areas at all) so i looked it up and it said "parkour" was a sport and i knew that i just had to learn it. i didnt care how hard i had to work for it i knew that i wanted to become a part of it. i later became affiliated with freerunning and started training in that when i hit the year and a half mark. ever since then ive been trying to get sponsored but since i live in PA my progress has been slowed since PA doesnt have alot to offer except for chester but no one does parkour/freerunning there so its kinda just like a heaven that being wasted while its in its prime...
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Post by: alxsmpgmr on September 30, 2010, 05:12:02 AM
i wrote a paper on parkour for school and just loved it. i went on to do the level 1 pk class at apex movement, and start a small unofficial club at my school. that was a year ago that i wrote that paper, and i will never regret it.  ;D
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Post by: J. Howard31 on October 02, 2010, 09:55:05 AM
I actually learned of parkour through playing the splinter cell games.  Now im addicted!
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Post by: parkour finatic on October 03, 2010, 06:13:04 AM
i started parkour just out of the blue about 5 months ago, ive tried every other sport there is from wheel sports to snowboarding, and ball sports, and didnt like any of those so i came across parkour on youtube.com. Now i run around my comlex training and doing PARKOUR AND FREERUNNING.
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Post by: ragetree on October 05, 2010, 04:28:47 PM
I was climbing a tree one day, and this kid was like "Hardcore parkour" and jumped over a fence.

I had no idea what it was, so I googled it.

Now I enjoy it :D
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Post by: tfox on October 06, 2010, 09:00:24 AM
When I was a kid I was into BMX biking and aggressive roller blading (or "fruit boots" as the skateboarders called it). My friend and I began trying flips and other tricks that we already knew while we were running. We called it freestyle running.

Ten years later when I thought I was too old for that kind of stuff my brother showed me a freerunning video of a guy jumping off a building. I said, "that's too extreme for me". Eventually, through the internet, I found out that parkour is much more than just jumping off of things. I learned the history and philosophy and I started learning and training.
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Post by: TheParkourPanda on October 06, 2010, 09:10:13 AM
it pisses me off when people just look at me and go, "he's that guy who jumps off stuff" D:<
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 06, 2010, 09:08:31 PM
it pisses me off when people just look at me and go, "he's that guy who jumps off stuff" D:<
Every time I bring up parkour or freerunning and begin to describe it, there is ALWAYS one person that says "Oh is it like that building jumping shit or whatever? Yeah man that stuff's cool." and I continue to happily explain while cussing my brains out at them on the inside.
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Post by: TheParkourPanda on October 07, 2010, 04:32:03 AM
it makes me mad that most people generalize us at just people who jump from roof to roof and off of random objects.

the economy needs to open their eyes and look past the boundaries the community has set on their minds
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Post by: Elijah M on October 07, 2010, 11:17:49 AM
My buddy Josh was telling me about this thing he did Parkour, and he started vaulting railings, and running up walls. The next day i was reading an article in a magazine about this group of people who were training for when a zombie based apocalypse arrived(THATS WHAT IT SAID). And one of the things they trained was parkour. I went back to my friend and now we train together frequently. I LOVE IT :P
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Post by: ParkourRulz on October 08, 2010, 07:39:09 PM
To tell the truth, I was  playing a mirrors edge and Assassins creed 2 and was like "How the f#ck does he do this''. . And I had no talent to show at the middle school talent show.I was looking for something beyond impresive and here I am.Teaching all my close friends the better way of walking home.When people look at me they call me monkey boy because I broke one of the tiles in the roof doing a wall run.
Title: Re: So I Wanna Know...What Made You Start Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Lawson Darnell on October 09, 2010, 12:12:20 PM
My friend Ryan told me about it shortly after he learned about it. He showed me some videos then I was hooked. I started looking at tutorials and practicing. It felt great.
I started the same way, Ryan and I had a class together and there was a really long counter and he was always vaulting it so I followed in his footsteps and instantly became hooked on parkour after he told me more about it and showed me some videos.
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Post by: Dirtyd240 on October 09, 2010, 02:06:23 PM
I've alwayz did things differently to learn that it was a sport or way to get around was new to me so yeah I guess when I was able to run i started
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Post by: Ryan Jacobs on October 10, 2010, 02:46:15 PM
I just got bored one day and decided to start doing Parkour, now I practice every day :D
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Post by: Dan M. on October 10, 2010, 03:29:27 PM
I wanted to become a ninja, so I looked up how to become a ninja. One of the steps was to learn parkour, so I looked up what parkour was and decided to try it out cause it looked awesome. At the beginning I did it just because it looked cool, but now I do it to keep in shape and develop my mental confidence.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: jimmychoooutletstore on October 11, 2010, 12:01:24 AM
why are you doing that
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Auroradream26 on October 13, 2010, 02:46:57 PM
When I was little, all I ever did was climb trees, climb fences, and jump off anything (the higher the better). My mom always called me a monkey. I always wanted to learn gymnastics but my parents couldn't afford  anything for me. I just recently discovered parkour and I think it looks like the perfect fit for me. So, I've just got started training and got my brother in law into it too :)
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Post by: Stevie Leifheit on October 13, 2010, 03:45:34 PM
I saw it on youtube  :P
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Post by: TheParkourPanda on October 14, 2010, 04:45:43 AM
To tell the truth, I was  playing a mirrors edge and Assassins creed 2 and was like "How the f#ck does he do this''. . And I had no talent to show at the middle school talent show.I was looking for something beyond impresive and here I am.Teaching all my close friends the better way of walking home.When people look at me they call me monkey boy because I broke one of the tiles in the roof doing a wall run.
monkeys have nothing to do with broken ceiling tiles whoever gave u the nickname was horribly retarted when trying to come up with a nickname for someone there is no relation between the name and the event
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Post by: Auroradream26 on October 14, 2010, 12:40:29 PM
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To tell the truth, I was  playing a mirrors edge and Assassins creed 2 and was like "How the f#ck does he do this'

Assassin's creed is what first brought it to my attention. I wondered if you could actually learn to do that stuff :) Then I found it on you tube ;)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 14, 2010, 12:53:07 PM
Assassin's creed is what first brought it to my attention. I wondered if you could actually learn to do that stuff :) Then I found it on you tube ;)
One of these days the villagers are going to be hiding rocks in those piles of hay.
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Post by: Auroradream26 on October 14, 2010, 01:38:51 PM
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One of these days the villagers are going to be hiding rocks in those piles of hay.

HAHAHAHA I'll make sure I check the hay from now on before I climb my next tower  ;D
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Post by: J-Dub on October 17, 2010, 07:55:04 AM
Back in the day when me and my older sister were like 7 and 9, we were watching Yamakasi so we started getting into it but we were just kids so we looked like fools. Then we started practicing acrobatics we saw in a Circ Du Soleil show almost every night in our living room but failed miserably... XD
Almost 10 years later, I looked back at dem memories and jumped "back" into it. And conveniently, now its popular practice.
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 17, 2010, 09:13:38 AM
Back in the day when me and my older sister were like 7 and 9, we were watching Yamakasi so we started getting into it but we were just kids so we looked like fools. Then we started practicing acrobatics we saw in a Circ Du Soleil show almost every night in our living room but failed miserably... XD
Almost 10 years later, I looked back at dem memories and jumped "back" into it. And conveniently, now its popular practice.
Not popular enough.
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Post by: J-Dub on October 17, 2010, 05:45:09 PM
Not popular enough.

Indeed.  :'(
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: RadicalFacePlanter on October 18, 2010, 05:41:48 AM
Because I hate going to the gym really and, though there are body weight exercises I do, parkour is a thing where I can practice cardiovascular, arm/leg strength, and technique all in 1 awesome package.
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Post by: John George 'JG' on October 18, 2010, 05:54:36 AM
My freshman year of high school, I saw my friend jumping off of a concrete block over a bush. I asked him what he was doing. He said, "It's Parkour!". I thought he said "Hardcore" haha! We've trained together since then, only to be separated by college.
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 18, 2010, 02:17:33 PM
My freshman year of high school, I saw my friend jumping off of a concrete block over a bush. I asked him what he was doing. He said, "It's Parkour!". I thought he said "Hardcore" haha! We've trained together since then, only to be separated by college.
College can smd. I will never be separated from my best friend. Er. Not without contact anyways.
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Post by: tracuerkid101 on October 18, 2010, 02:56:23 PM
what i hate is when someone sees me doing parkour they say hey did you learn that from assassins creed or something and im like i didn't learn it from assassins creed but I about it from assassins creed  :D but i hate it when people say there stronger then my because there bigger then me and i say try doing what i do then criticize and they say why its stupid and i say ok and show them something and there like i can do that,they try they fail and i win ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D 8) 8) 8) :) :) :) :) :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 18, 2010, 03:43:45 PM
what i hate is when someone sees me doing parkour they say hey did you learn that from assassins creed or something and im like i didn't learn it from assassins creed but I about it from assassins creed  :D but i hate it when people say there stronger then my because there bigger then me and i say try doing what i do then criticize and they say why its stupid and i say ok and show them something and there like i can do that,they try they fail and i win ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D 8) 8) 8) :) :) :) :) :)
Done that before. XD
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Post by: whiteybeans on October 18, 2010, 07:12:55 PM
hahaha that's rich ^
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 19, 2010, 12:25:24 PM
Yeah. People judge strength by the size of muscles. I however, question the potential of muscles.

http://files6.fliiby.com/images/_original/srcq8f9yhw.jpg

vs

http://gradphotoshows.com/images/muscular_body_builder.jpg

Ok. Who can do a better handstand?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1935000/images/_1939106_belle150.jpg or http://pualifestyle.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/handstand_pushup.jpg

WIN!
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Post by: tracuerkid101 on October 19, 2010, 01:25:22 PM
EPIC WIN and thats what happens when people who are "stronger" then me try and they fail becasue they have no experience
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: A.A.H on October 20, 2010, 07:06:59 AM
buckle up not an easy thing for me to go into.
lets start about... three years ago.
picture: a pissed off at the world thirteen year old, unsure of what he's going to do. torn between hurting people. or himself.
finds out that excersizing helps. starts.
never really gets far into it.
ZOOM FORWARD: two years fifteen year old. more pissed off. taking it out on everyone doesnt even know why hes pissed.
his friend mentions parkour. shows him a video he looks at it. and decides: I GOTTA LEARN THAT.
starts conditioning. and running finds it helps with his anger. And thats how it started..
Im less angry then i was by alot
parkour saved my life. literally I dont know where i would be without it
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Post by: Scrag on October 22, 2010, 06:47:05 AM
sports are more work than fun. i did everything from soccer, to baseball, to hockey, to swimming, to track, to wrestling, pretty much any sport you can think of. They we are more stress and work, than actually enjoying myself. My neighbor showed me a video of a group i cant remember unfortunately, they we mainly a gymnastics/acrobatics group, with a small segment in their videos where there went out in the streets. One tag read "free running," youtube + free running = the infamous russian video i want to call Dvinsk clan? search youtube russian parkour and im sure its #1 the guy in the gray sweatpants who runs from the dog near the middle? lol. and i fell in love when i saw it. roughly 5 years later im still improving myself, enjoying the art, meeting great people, attending jams, getting the best physical exercise i could ask for, and making some of my best friends in the crew i started 2 summers ago that peaked over 12 members =]  i wouldnt be me without Parkour...

,Scrag
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Post by: Lawrie on October 22, 2010, 04:17:33 PM
My friend was really into it and wanted someone to train with so I agreed I would learn it with him. So I pretty much spent half of my summer holidays around our area training. He's done trampolining and gymnastics before where as I haven't done anything like it so mostly everything is new to me and he was teach me the ropes.

I remember back in July when we started all the jumps I made were so far apart and now they seem so easy. Just started learning jumping between bars and higher from the ground.
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Post by: Xander Gontier on October 22, 2010, 04:37:41 PM
Every since I was little I was very adventurous,I climbed every tree I could,it was just that quick.Then I found out what I was actually doing was,PARKOUR!Then I broke my leg,couldn't do anything for a while.About a moth ago I could run again,so I started parkour.Parkour is my life,it is the only thing I can do to get out of this Hellish world called life. :)
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Post by: superdude88 on October 24, 2010, 10:08:22 AM
youtube! when I was 9 like most other kids wanted to be a ninja i wtched a vid called urban ninja led me parkour and started for 2 reasons 1 it looked awsome 2 i was out of shape.
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Post by: michael callais on October 24, 2010, 04:13:08 PM

well i play soccer so i like to run but i havent actually started yet in pk  :'( i have a knee enjury so i have to wait although tic tacs come naturelly
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on October 24, 2010, 07:37:25 PM
well i play soccer so i like to run but i havent actually started yet in pk  :'( i have a knee enjury so i have to wait although tic tacs come naturelly
Don't worry. I've started, I'm just not oh-so-good at it. Er. Rather. I could be had I not been born with a lung condition. I can't run long before I start breathing heavily. Once I pushed it and my friend had to help me because I stopped breathing and passed out. I would do freerunning however, I need a place to practice acrobatics. Which is why for my school video project, I'm winging it with luck.
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Post by: Michael Mayer on October 24, 2010, 08:02:14 PM
When I was ten and thought I wanted to be a professional skateboarder but didn't know how to skate I realized it was easier to run around and "grind" with my feet and my hands. Fast forward eight years, still the most fun I have ever had.
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Post by: Seth on October 25, 2010, 04:23:23 PM
Officially?  When I learned that the crazy sh*t I love to do is Parkour!

Unofficially? When I discovered that I could run and jump and climb and do other crazy sh*t as a small child!!! 
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Post by: precisionrunner on October 27, 2010, 09:10:26 PM
I wanted to find new ways to utilize my classical ballet training that I have had since I was 2. After some strategically worded Google searches I found a video collage of David Bella on the Dam Du Lac. Having always loved obstacle courses I began researching this athletic movement that is parkour/freerunning. And now here I am.
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Post by: loneB on October 31, 2010, 05:33:24 PM
Keeps me in shape, much different then just exercising. Gives me something to work towards, instead of wasting my life away on other things.
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Post by: MiracleMagnets on November 02, 2010, 08:11:27 AM
I started getting interested in parkour a few years back, after I saw some videos of people doing it. As a kid I'd always loved to jump around and run and stuff, so this hearkened back to my childhood. Also, the entire concept of it -is- awesome, and I'm working on getting more fit so I can work on my parour a little more. A win-win situation, either way!
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Post by: Shawn Yang on November 02, 2010, 09:10:30 AM
My best friend in Vancouver did it for a couple years, and I thought it was cool when I saw some videos he showed me... A couple years later, a friend I made in summer school knew what it was, we both talked bout how cool it was, den realised we can start together. First day, all we did was rolls and try two-hand vaults.. I was hooked after my first "good" (not actually good, but the best we had done at the time xD) roll.
:D
I have now been training for a year. Plan on teaching my future children this
:D
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Post by: Nick Radanovic on November 02, 2010, 03:07:06 PM
My best friend showed me this thing called "parkour". My first reaction was WTF lol and before long i really got into it haha. We started training almost everyday with the intention of going pro.
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Post by: Erick on November 03, 2010, 11:28:15 AM
Last year i was living in LA I got in touch with a friend i grew up with and havn't seen in years invited me to a parkour jam at UCLA.  Man it was crazy, It was my first time seeing people flipping off of cliffs, trees, climbing walls, jumping around.  I had a good time.  So I just started parkour this week lol
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Post by: whiteybeans on November 03, 2010, 11:29:56 AM
welcome to the community^
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Post by: Erick on November 03, 2010, 11:34:47 AM
welcome to the community^

Thanx a lot
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on November 03, 2010, 01:30:44 PM
Thanx a lot
You only get welcomed once, but that one time can be by many people. So welcome again. =)
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Post by: Erick on November 03, 2010, 01:36:59 PM
You only get welcomed once, but that one time can be by many people. So welcome again. =)

lol
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Post by: JimmyD-TPK on November 03, 2010, 09:24:05 PM

this was a PM I got on youtube, I thought my fellow traceurs would like to see it.    anyone new?, this would be good to read.

“”this is the first time that I’ve heard of this art/sport but I’ve seen similar moves in some films. i like ur vids and the music so keep it up! just one more thing though shouldn't u be wearing some protective gears or is that a no-no in freerunning? oh another thing more could u sub me too? Tnx””


Thanks a lot for the interest in Temecula Parkour’s channel
Well, as far as protective gear, the kinds of shoes i have are VERY padded (the Ariakes by K-Swiss) and have lots of grip.   But more important, is how much we practice. Not only do we train for the movements of Parkour, but just as well the strength that our sport demands.  That commitment to safety on the mental preparation level is the most important thing in approaching Parkour.
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Post by: whiteybeans on November 04, 2010, 12:35:34 PM
i dont have/use any padding
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Post by: AFCadet on November 04, 2010, 02:45:20 PM
Well Ive seen movies with parkour and i do the hurdles in track and so i figured this would be a great way to get more quickness, agility, stamina , and strength.  i actually jus started a few days ago   
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Post by: Daniel Downs on November 04, 2010, 08:40:14 PM
Mine is kinda stupid :P When I was younger I was obsessed with this idea of being a modern ninja. I loved the idea of sneaking around, being able to go anywhere undetected and do things most people aren't capable of. Parkour lets me take that initial philosophy of being something more and apply it in a kick ass, challenging and fun way
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Post by: CheesecakeJumper on November 07, 2010, 10:53:14 AM
My bro taught me the basics and i was addicted. ;)
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Post by: Tyler Summers on November 08, 2010, 06:42:48 PM
i actualy found out about it when whatching Man vs Wild and Worst case Senario with Bear Grylls. I was imidiately interested and looked it up on youtube, (after watching the rest of the show of course) but i found myself on APK.com and made my self an account right away. the next day i watched so many videos on youtube and then went outside to try.
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Post by: sasukewillkilluall on November 08, 2010, 07:45:21 PM
parkour gave life purpose
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Post by: 3rd Street on November 08, 2010, 08:26:00 PM
As a little kid i always enjoyed running around, jumping over stuff, and obstical(sp) courses. I discovered parkour/free running about Mid July. I decided to try it out. I did get a couple friends to do it, but no one really committed besides me. So they dropped it. and now i "train" by myself. :)
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Post by: turtlekarma on November 11, 2010, 02:53:05 AM
my curiosity
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Post by: Kauri on November 11, 2010, 01:02:34 PM
What got me running was pretty much just being fed up with sitting on my ass for days at a time where I didn't have work or school to worry about. Before I moved to Kentucky I lived in VA and was totally fit, Tae Kwon Do, sports, the whole nine yards. I had always liked Parkour, and with a lack of friends and martial art schools I found worthy, I got my ass up and was just like "I'm gonna do this and I'm gonna be awesome at it." I know that doesen't seem like much, but that's what got me goin'.
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Post by: S Leger on November 11, 2010, 04:42:37 PM
I started parkour after seeing some video on stupid videos called like "urban spiderman" or something.  It turned out to be the david belle video with "lose yourself" in the background.  I started searching for what it was and came across parkour.  I found this site and started my parkour journey.  Good times :)
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Post by: righthandbrutality on November 14, 2010, 01:08:31 PM
Ever since I was a kid something has been in me- I didn't know it was parkour until years ago. I always loved the movies with on-foot chase scenes, always wanted to watch the movies with people running up and off walls, crouching tiger, the matrix. Always loved it.

As parkour in the past 5-7 years has exploded, I can't help but to allow myself to be completely sucked in with wonder and a love for what I'm seeing. The amount of tutorials and amazing videos on youtube pushed me to get serious. I saw people... are out there doing this. Somewhere. Some hundreds of thousands of them are doing this. It didn't feel silly anymore. At this point in my life I CAN'T STOP MYSELF going out and doing it-and when I'm not, thinking about it.

 I wish I would've got serious about PK when I was 16 and I learned a couple vaults... but I got locked up for a year, when I got out, life was different. Had to move in with a relative, work all day, couple years went by, and life took over the desire to see if I could make it to the top of that building.


But the things I created in my own mind to convince myself not to try I have destroyed. I look at my scarred, calloused, bleeding hands with a dozen fresh wounds and I smile.
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Post by: D.B. on November 14, 2010, 06:37:03 PM
a friend of mine showed me that old video back in '06.  you know the one. dvinsk clan i think?  ever since then i've been fascinated with the practice.  now that i'm no longer a fatass and i have a bit of endurance on my side, it's beginning to take over my life.  i can't get enough.  i have to stop myself from overtraining.  and every day, the soreness i feel in my legs and abs puts an ear to ear grin on my face 
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Post by: HGRRYU on November 14, 2010, 07:56:16 PM
Ive known about Parkour/free running for a while now always wanted to learn just never had time or knew how or where to start untill i stumbled upon this site :) so thats my story
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Post by: EpicRunner on November 14, 2010, 10:09:29 PM
This is one of the things that inspired me  http://c49f6a40.linkbucks.com    please see
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Post by: fallofshadows on November 16, 2010, 04:55:20 PM
I found some videos of the 3run team on youtube back in 2007 or so. I had been doing flips on a trampoline for quite some time, so I decided I wanted to try to frontflip off the top of the sliding board in my backyard. I jumped, flipped, landed on my feet, and fell over in pain and I felt and heard my ankle pop. I spent a month doing nothing but sitting around due to the horrible sprain, telling myself that I would never try flips again.

So, a few years later, at the pushing of my friend, him and I learned to frontflip. I landed it on the second try, and I've been hooked since. I went back and forth between free running and skateboarding, but now that I've hit college I've found less time to skate (skaters aren't my kind of people anyways) and more time to work on free running, plus I've met other people who do it. So yep, that's where I'm at and why it happened : D
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Post by: dotCA on November 17, 2010, 06:35:35 AM
Me and an old friend before I moved a long time back were at school, and we jumped onto this vent thing during lunch our for fun. Got int trouble with teachers, ended up in detention. We wern't friends at the time but he started talking about parkour and I was like "Oh sth I was watching that hst awhile ago" and we both ended up taking the discipline seriously. Was an awkard yet kind of "Destiny" feeling situation.

Meh
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Post by: tylerawesomeparkour on November 24, 2010, 02:06:06 PM
haha i totally just got inspired from assassins creed.
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Post by: Montag on November 25, 2010, 10:57:05 AM
I used to play sports in High school and when I got to college I decided I didn't want to play a sport I wanted to be a part of something more meaningful and something that would last me a lifetime.

I started reading some books (which have NOTHING to do with parkour) and for whatever reason I always saw the anti-heros as knowing Parkour. I decided that this was something I wanted to do! :]

That and the L4D2's Hunter which kinda made me decided for sure.
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on November 25, 2010, 12:34:50 PM

That and the L4D2's Hunter which kinda made me decided for sure.
That's the best thing I heard all day! ^_^
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Post by: sienk on November 26, 2010, 09:39:15 AM
i started betting people that i could do stunts and things like that. After making some cash, someone told me to google apk.
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Post by: John "Cras" Morrow on December 02, 2010, 05:16:44 PM
I used to do cross country but my coach... well we dont need to get into that... xD i ended up quitting. After all those shenanigans i just wanted to do something different but not a school sport or anything. Then i saw just various youtube videos of Parkour, looked it up, got inspired, and here i am.  :D
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Post by: Chris Cartee on December 02, 2010, 08:41:57 PM
I used to climb on things even into my near and early 20's but I never had the grace nor spent the time practicing it like people I've seen.

What ultimately got me into Parkour was something I read on line

"Parkour  is moving from one place to another overcoming any obstacle in your way with efficiency"

I'm not certain where I read it or even if I'm quoting it exactly but I like that mentality.
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Post by: Rhodium_Snowflake on December 04, 2010, 03:57:24 PM
Umm, I don't know if this sounds foolish but; I wanted to fly :)

I'd always run around and climbed on things when I was little so, it was just kind of natural :)
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Post by: whiteybeans on December 05, 2010, 06:01:41 PM
I wanted to fly 


set that as my fb status lol, dream of flying
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Post by: LokiRagnorak on December 06, 2010, 06:43:35 AM
For me, I pretty much was getting bored with learning Tae Kwon Do and just pointlessly climbing places, and I also was getting lazy and wanted to find something that I would like to do but also something that could keep me in shape. So I looked up acrobatics and came accross Team Ryouko- and in someone's post they said something about Parkour or FreeRunning. So I looked that up on youtube and got hooked on it almost instantly, learned the history and "definition", or reason, of Parkour then decided to learn it.
So far though, I'm the only dedicated one I know of in my hometown :(
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 06, 2010, 08:51:50 AM

So far though, I'm the only dedicated one I know of in my hometown :(
Ditto.
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Post by: John "Cras" Morrow on December 08, 2010, 05:00:29 PM
Quote from: LokiRagnorak on December 06, 2010, 09:43:35 AM

So far though, I'm the only dedicated one I know of in my hometown
Ditto.

Whenever i tell people of my Parkour endeavors (when they see me in the park) they just laugh. xD i think im the only one in my school at least that knows about this!
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Post by: North on December 09, 2010, 11:53:13 AM
Back in 2005 I saw a video of guys doing some tumbling on the grass and I told myself I wanted to do that. But I scared myself away because I felt it was only for gymnasts. Then as the years past I started to see more and more videos of people using those tumbling skills to the street and added dash vaults and I was hooked. But still I was afraid to do it and I had no safe haven to practice without being judged by. Well recently I was told my buddy had found a gym that he does tumbling and I was like oh cool but it didn't give it much thought. Then I ease dropped on a conversation about tumbling and then Parkour and Free Running was talked about I almost choked on my chicken wing and ask who does this? My BFF told me that is what he has been doing and wondered if I was interested in coming. I didn't hesitate. I am so happy in my heart and spirit to do this. I really do thank god and my savior Jesus Christ for bringing me to this lifestyle. For years I have been looking for a sport that involved extreme amount of physical fitness and daring. Snowboarding had daring but lacked the fitness, Crossfit and Weights had the fitness but lacked the daring and creativity. It has affected me so much that I don't think I can date another girl who can't do parkour or something of that nature. I haven't found her yet but I'm hoping sometime in my life I will and we will have something magical together. Being lost for so long on what I feel is me I finally I find this place to be my home finally. I'm still new with this board and trying to understand the rules but I feel for once that I can related to a lot of you even though I have never met any of you (soon to change).
Yes this is coming from my heart so it is really hard to put this out but I feel I will be treated right for once.
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Post by: John "Cras" Morrow on December 09, 2010, 01:42:10 PM
I'm still new with this board and trying to understand the rules but I feel for once that I can related to a lot of you even though I have never met any of you (soon to change).
Yes this is coming from my heart so it is really hard to put this out but I feel I will be treated right for once.
yeah dude im pretty new here too and i already like it. People could disagree with you or something, but theres never any putdowns. Im loving it already xD
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 11, 2010, 09:58:58 PM
hey, thanks for sharing this. I love reading your posts.. :)
Idk who that was directed towards, but if it was me, then thank you! ^_^

@Above: Yeah. Especially from me. I can be like "nah, I don't think that's right, and here is what I think" but not really get hostile.
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Post by: kalinflip on December 12, 2010, 08:04:59 PM
im kalin 13 years old.and the thing that started making me do parkour/freerunning. is the way to get to new heights.when i was young i ust climbed to the top of the playground set now its someying beater  ;D
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 13, 2010, 08:27:37 AM
im kalin 13 years old.and the thing that started making me do parkour/freerunning. is the way to get to new heights.when i was young i ust climbed to the top of the playground set now its someying beater  ;D
Nice!
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Post by: 030josh on December 13, 2010, 10:52:22 AM
Well i live in alabama and as you could probably guess,there is not too much to do around here. i would grow tired of staying at home and playing video games or just playing outside since i didnt really have any friends. so i went to a college gym. there i found a guy who was a hardcorparkourist. so i would go and train with him on the weekends. that is how i ended up doing what i am now doing.  :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 13, 2010, 12:15:01 PM
Well i live in alabama and as you could probably guess,there is not too much to do around here. i would grow tired of staying at home and playing video games or just playing outside since i didnt really have any friends. so i went to a college gym. there i found a guy who was a hardcorparkourist. so i would go and train with him on the weekends. that is how i ended up doing what i am now doing.  :)
A traceur? Lol. Hey, I would love to have that as my story!
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Post by: Michael Polasek on December 14, 2010, 09:08:24 AM
Well I was sitting in Dual Credit with my friend, And he started talking to me about how him and someone else were doing it at a park. So he asked me to start doing it with him, and I looked up videos on parkour and Freerunning, So now we all go out and parkour/Freerun wherever :)
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Post by: Tberg on December 16, 2010, 07:49:54 PM
Well i'm going to begin training after Christmas and I have never tried it before but, it always interested me in a way that every time I watched a video or just do some simple wall maneuver or climbing it gets me excited and i want to get more involved into it. So this will be new for me beginning 2011 wish me luck.
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Post by: Tberg on December 16, 2010, 07:51:27 PM
haha i totally just got inspired from assassins creed.
Bro same here that inspired me so much =D glad im not the only one
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Post by: Nick on December 16, 2010, 08:40:16 PM
Probably Assassin's Creed2.
THAT GAME POWNS!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: garymorrison23 on December 18, 2010, 12:21:11 AM
I have to agree with you.
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Post by: Pinoyako11793 on December 18, 2010, 03:46:56 AM
My brother was watching this show called ninja warrior from g4. One of the competitors was Levi meeuwenberg. Before he started the obstacle course, they showed a little bit about his background and how he qualified for the show. They talked about parkour and freerunning and it looked cool, so I wanted to try it out.
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Post by: Pitch Black on December 18, 2010, 03:58:14 AM
I don't really know how I got into it. I don't know per say if it was a youtube video or what it was. I know that I do buildering so that is one reason that I might have learned about it but to tell the truth. I honestly don't know.
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Post by: IceKid on December 18, 2010, 07:04:34 PM
i was talking to one of my boys and he was telling me theres something called an urban ninja and i said get the hell outta here that shit aint real.he sat me down showed me a few videos,ive been hooked ever since.i just got off a 4month injury to my ankle,the passion is deep but do i still got it.
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Post by: j.vandy on December 20, 2010, 09:08:08 PM
I was doing PK before I knew what PK was. I remember when I was about 10yrs old, me and one of my friends were taking martial arts classes together thinking we were gonna become little ninjas haha. So, being ninja n00bz, we always had an interest in stacking up things in my hallway (pillows, boxes, whatever) and we would jump or dive over it and keep stacking things up until we couldn't jump it because it was so high. About a year later, we started going outside to climb trees and my shed and tying strings from one tree to another, they were about 5 feet apart and we would run across my yard and then jump over the string. Then, we started going out to the end of my street every day to climb on to the huge (at the time lol) brick wall that was like 6 feet tall that shows the name of the neighborhood on it and we would jump off of it and roll when we hit the ground! Hahaha soooo much fun! Anyway, then I moved away to another town suddenly and lost contact with my friend...No one else was interested in martial arts/jumping around and what not where I moved so I kinda just forgot about that stuff and got into new things (no one to train with :( )....then about 7 years later, I saw Ninja Warrior and I was like DOOOOD THAT LOOKS LIKE THE S*** I USED TO DO OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I started researching about the show and ran across something about parkour/free running and was instantly mesmerized by the fact that what I thought was just "jumping around and being stupid" was ACTUALLY a professional sport! So basically that's how I got into PK :) !!!!!! Despite trying to get the word out about PK since then, I still have yet to find anyone to train with, which suuuucks but it's still fun on my own!
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 21, 2010, 02:22:25 AM
I started researching about the show and ran across something about parkour/free running and was instantly mesmerized by the fact that what I thought was just "jumping around and being stupid" was ACTUALLY a professional sport! So basically that's how I got into PK :) !!!!!! Despite trying to get the word out about PK since then, I still have yet to find anyone to train with, which suuuucks but it's still fun on my own!
Well, arguably a sport, but we don't quite like that term. It's more of an extreme activity if you will. But yeah. So where do you live? Anywhere in Missouri possibly? Preferably Saint Joseph? Please? I need more people to train with here. XD
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Post by: John "Cras" Morrow on December 22, 2010, 04:36:50 PM
Well, arguably a sport, but we don't quite like that term. It's more of an extreme activity if you will. But yeah. So where do you live? Anywhere in Missouri possibly? Preferably Saint Joseph? Please? I need more people to train with here. XD
Dont forget the PK mindset as well. id call it a lifestyle to some degree at least xD
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 22, 2010, 06:21:06 PM
Dont forget the PK mindset as well. id call it a lifestyle to some degree at least xD
Indeed.
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Post by: FREDD827 on December 22, 2010, 10:31:07 PM
Saw a youtube vid, thought it was cool, and started to train
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Post by: oelfke on December 24, 2010, 12:27:57 AM
well it pretty much started with me and a couple friends being bored and looking for something to do so we just started free running. and then we saw a show on mtv about parkour so we stareted training even more and now it is like the ultimate escape
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on December 24, 2010, 08:57:43 AM
and now it is like the ultimate escape
ISN'T IT?!
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Post by: Slifer_aru on December 28, 2010, 08:00:22 AM
ASSASSINS CREED!!!
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Post by: alyssa summers on December 28, 2010, 11:37:59 PM
The video game assasins creed. And my brother
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Post by: Brett Jackson on January 01, 2011, 10:51:30 AM
It is all about emotion.
It started as an angry thrash at the world and everyone in it. Jumping, running, falling, hurting, rolling, hurting, hurting. I didn't know what i was doing, i just kind of...went for it. i climbed fences and walls, and liked jumping off things. It just kinda came to me. finally, i started to see more and more parkour videos and stuff in movies. I did very little research, and decided i was a free runner. (so ignorant)
I changed. my actions, my words, my thoughts, my life. I changed everything. My reason for doing my "free running" went from anger and hate, to a fun pastime. It felt cool, and VERY few people could do it. (nothing too fancy, or technical, just getting over stuff)
I kept changing. Finally, i was able to control myself, and my life. My emotions are stable, and my thoughts are clear. I am a fluid, compassionate, natural, moving, outgoing, helpful, efficient, intense, person. i am parkour. parkour is me. every day, in every way, i am better. At parkour. at life. all the same. 
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Post by: Joe Brock on January 01, 2011, 06:52:52 PM
Being pretty new to it, I have to say that I needed a way to stay excited and fit after I realized that my main hobby (Muay Thai) was having a negative impact on how my 2 year old was viewing violence.  I thought it was cute when he was hitting my punching bag, but when he started to hit his older brother, it made me stop and think, "Maybe he doesn't understand that this is just a sport."  I thought about it, and I like pushing myself, but it seemed that I might also be inspired by the process of running despite the little things in the way.  It's a way for an old man to get out and show that old dogs aren't incapable of new tricks.  ;D

My Fiance' actually had suggested it, and seems pretty interested in getting involved too.  It might be the stangest family outing in history in the future, but why limit ourselves to "family night" being all about playing Scrabble, when there's so many more exciting things to do.
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Post by: Sarai Brock on January 02, 2011, 08:18:27 PM
Well... I guess I should start off by saying I'm JBPaladin's fiancé... so he's covered why he's doing it and I'm doing it because I'm fiercely competitive... honestly I think it's a sport that he will really enjoy and I refuse to be shown up... if he can do it so can I.  I think that it will be AWESOME for family outings... we have a 6 year old, a 3 year old, and a 2 year old in our lives and they already show a sincere love for jumping and running over things rather than around them... more than once our living room has turned into a giant obstacle course with couches and cushions being jumped on... I think that if we perfect this sport now we can teach it to the kids and enjoy it as a family... we'll start our own little tribe :-)
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Post by: Josh Boggs on January 02, 2011, 09:25:07 PM
Well... I guess I should start off by saying I'm JBPaladin's fiancé... so he's covered why he's doing it and I'm doing it because I'm fiercely competitive... honestly I think it's a sport that he will really enjoy and I refuse to be shown up... if he can do it so can I.  I think that it will be AWESOME for family outings... we have a 6 year old, a 3 year old, and a 2 year old in our lives and they already show a sincere love for jumping and running over things rather than around them... more than once our living room has turned into a giant obstacle course with couches and cushions being jumped on... I think that if we perfect this sport now we can teach it to the kids and enjoy it as a family... we'll start our own little tribe :-)
Your intentions are good, but parkour isn't about being competitive. Just saying. I can see why you thank that, but once you dig down deep into the philosophy...its about YOUR OWN journey, YOUR OWN path, YOUR OWN movements. You're not comparing to any other practicioners. Its about you. You're discovering how you view  life through parkour, and how you view parkour through life. Parkour isn't like any other hobby, or art, or whatever you want to call this amazing act.

When you're doing parkour, you don't strive to be beat one another. You can strive to get better, but not getting anymore better than another practicioner. Its just not right. There are exceptions for competition, though. Take Ninja Warrior, for example. The competitors try to help one another win. They teach them, they train with them, they motivate them to keep going and not to give up. They don't try to be better than anyone. They try to win, but thats different. They aren't like "Yo, man, get outta muh face. I'm trying to win, I don't care if you need tips for the Cliff Hanger, I'm doing me, and you're doing you". Not like that at all. So, when you say
and I'm doing it because I'm fiercely competitive... honestly I think it's a sport that he will really enjoy and I refuse to be shown up...
, then you  aren't really being a "true practicioner", so to speak.

Its okay if there is a little "friendly competition, I guess. Just like, pushing each other to do there bests. But not trying to be better than anyone (; But I think its awesome that you're getting the whole family into it. If I see a reality show called "Family Movement" or something, I know it'll be you all. Best of luck to you guys.  ;D

BTW, you're appearance has really changed. Props for sticking do the diet&exercise.
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Post by: Slifer_aru on January 02, 2011, 10:35:01 PM
jus sayin, reading the two a couple posts above mines reasons made me shed a tear :') especially the "our own little tribe" thing :_)
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Post by: D. Hadzic on January 03, 2011, 12:31:11 AM
I've always been a technical person myself, focusing more on my mind and looking for ways for technology to compensate for the physical side of my life.
And that it has, but I don't find myself happy as a result.
These days I realize that the key to well-being is being fit both mentally AND physically. The question was how to apply my body.

I cared nothing for bodybuilding, football, basketball, etc. Running was good, but I found myself craving more.
Then I discovered parkour.

While I'm not jumping through railings or anything quite yet, I am building my body, balance, and mindset to a level where I would be able to perform it safely.

(note: I wasn't fat as a kid, if that's the impression you got.)
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Post by: Sarai Brock on January 03, 2011, 09:55:42 AM
Your intentions are good, but parkour isn't about being competitive. Just saying. I can see why you thank that, but once you dig down deep into the philosophy...its about YOUR OWN journey, YOUR OWN path, YOUR OWN movements. You're not comparing to any other practicioners. Its about you. You're discovering how you view  life through parkour, and how you view parkour through life. Parkour isn't like any other hobby, or art, or whatever you want to call this amazing act.

Ok let me rephrase my "I refuse to be shown up" statement :-)  A year ago I was a size 16 and weighed about 180+lbs... now I'm a size 6... I thought a lot of things were impossible for me to do back then because I was heavy, but I'm learning that I was limiting myself... I am not altogether strong or sporty, but I refuse to let my fear stop me... I can improve myself... I can do parkour... and I can do it with Mi Amore... it's not about competing with him... more about just proving to myself that if he can do it so can I.  Trust me... the last year has been a HUGE journey to "my own path"... I should be more clear when I share... :-)  Thanks for all your encouraging words.

jus sayin, reading the two a couple posts above mines reasons made me shed a tear :') especially the "our own little tribe" thing :_)

Aww... Thanks... we're excited!!  We'll definitely have to share our kid's journey into Parkour with you guys too!!
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Post by: Josh Boggs on January 03, 2011, 01:07:47 PM
Ok let me rephrase my "I refuse to be shown up" statement :-)  A year ago I was a size 16 and weighed about 180+lbs... now I'm a size 6... I thought a lot of things were impossible for me to do back then because I was heavy, but I'm learning that I was limiting myself... I am not altogether strong or sporty, but I refuse to let my fear stop me... I can improve myself... I can do parkour... and I can do it with Mi Amore... it's not about competing with him... more about just proving to myself that if he can do it so can I.  Trust me... the last year has been a HUGE journey to "my own path"... I should be more clear when I share... :-)  Thanks for all your encouraging words.

Aww... Thanks... we're excited!!  We'll definitely have to share our kid's journey into Parkour with you guys too!!
There you go! Thats what I like to hear. Have fun!  :D
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Post by: Jennfluff on January 04, 2011, 12:16:45 AM
I found out about freerunning from a friend of my brother, he told me a bit. But I also love the idea of it, so I am constantly scanning Youtube for any videos on how I can learn. I've seen the tutorials, and after this snow clears I'm going to go try some stuff.  :D Besides, what could be better than climbing around on buildings and vaulting over random things? That's my kind of fun!
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Post by: DANski on January 04, 2011, 07:06:28 AM
I started this whole thing called "Parkour" at a very young age maybe like 5?...I'm almost 36 now and I never thought it would have evolved into what it is today...Many people on this website have either accepted or are against my involvement with this culture...It is ok  for others to not agree with my early years of contribution...It was in a small apartment complex "project" probably no one on here knows about in Springfield,MA...If you talk to any of my friends who grew up with me, they will surely tell you that I was pioneering something very similar to what is considered "Parkour"...Not everything that has a label on it and a theory behind it is thought by "ONE" individual or has any substantial proof that it is solely prized by that one person...Get it?...Got it?...Good!...Anyway, I started this type of training by watching Kung Fu movies with Jackie Chan, wrestling, and watching a series called the "Fall Guy" starring Lee Majors who was the original "6 million dollar man" for those of you young bloods out there, which included stunts with a cheesy dialogue...At the time there was also an emergence ninja movies that helped inspired some of us "old schoolers" I'm sure...I then started to study and duplicate the stunts and moves the so called "ninjas" were doing. I was already a gymnast at a very young age so I began incorporating these moves/stunts within my daily life no matter where I was. I was fortunate enough to exhale the negative environment I was living in, and in return helped me utilize my creativity in other forms of art like bboying(break dancing) bmx freestyling, skateboarding, and other activities(train hopping)...The beach, neighborhoods, mall, and especially the local playgrounds where hot spots for training...I then wrote up a training guide when I was like 11 yrs old or so and actually recruited some of the neighborhood friends to join my Ninja/Stunt/"Parkour" club...It was sort of a boot camp style of training in the woods with old tires we collected from the woods near the train tracks and old mattresses we found in dumpsters to flip on, swings tied to tree limbs, and make shift obstacles we built from the junk yard down the street.(I still have the original paper with the whole concept/diagram to this day)...I started taking this training from the woods to the urban environment where I lived and jumped from rooftop to rooftop, tree to tree, building to building, flipping off cars, and many other obstacles that were around me as I was running around the apartment complex...NOTHING stopped my path...I WAS utilizing my environment and flowing without any stops continuously...Again, this was not considered "Parkour" at the time...But what I was doing, is considered "Parkour"...Just did not have a name for it...I said that I helped pioneer this culture...Not invented it!...No one invented it!...There is NO name for this...This just IS...DO NOT let the machine rape this culture like it did for "break dancing"...Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect, DAN-ski
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Post by: whiteybeans on January 04, 2011, 02:04:06 PM
I think that if we perfect this sport now we can teach it to the kids and enjoy it as a family... we'll start our own little tribe :-)

<3
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Post by: Loverboipk28 on January 04, 2011, 06:42:53 PM
So i was up at this concert place down the street called the Fraze. Big. With a concert area, fountains...  You just have to see it to understand. But anyway, I climbed the Entrence area, about 15 ft., and just droped and landed in a roll. So this kid was there, a grade higher than me, and he asks me to look up parkour. When i do im instantly intruiged but dont know where to start. I cant find the kid anymore, and even tho i know the basics, i cant find anybody to help me advance. So now im starting it to ge my mind of a my ex, which is really never going to happen because i love her more than the world. I also have a lot of stress in my family as well... So here i am. Trying to become the next parkour legend
 
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Post by: Nodalor on January 07, 2011, 03:25:26 PM
Watching Mission Impossible 2 when I was younger. I got really interested in movement, flips, climbing etc so my mom put me in gymnastics. It was never really what I wanted to be doing, but I did it for a while anyway. I really wanted to be learning practical things and running around outside. Then a number of years later enters parkour! And I'm starting taking it up and quite enjoying it :)
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Post by: parkourman1234 on January 08, 2011, 05:58:32 PM
i learned about it some from friends but didn't get real interested in it until i started playing mirrors edge and i instantly loved it and wanted to start training for parkour ;D
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Post by: Montrease on January 08, 2011, 06:22:46 PM
i was watching some wolves  on the discovery channel of how they ran freely in a pack  something in my heart clicked  that i need something to give me that feeling and when i watched the "hulk" when he jumped in the air and closed his eyes to feel the feel on his face i wanted that feeling when spiderman first got his powers and jumped off that roof  and felt free i wanted that feeling SO WAT IM TRYING TO SAY IS I WANTED TO FEEL FREE I GOT TIRED OF BEING COOPED UP LIKE A CAGED BIRD OR A HOUSE CAT AND THIS MAKES  ME FEEL FREE!!!
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Post by: Jacob Werner on January 08, 2011, 07:25:02 PM
Imbraressed to say it... but, I was watching a video where this guy dressed up like Altair (from Assassin's Creed) and did some Parkour stuff. On of the comments talked about it so I Googled it and found this site!
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on January 08, 2011, 09:08:56 PM
Imbraressed to say it... but, I was watching a video where this guy dressed up like Altair (from Assassin's Creed) and did some Parkour stuff. On of the comments talked about it so I Googled it and found this site!
Embarrassed? Bah! We don't even know the meaning of that word here. Or at least half of us don't. I don't for sure. Srsly. I could say or do just about anything. And it shall not be awkward. 0_o
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Post by: Nodalor on January 11, 2011, 07:02:48 PM
@GoingBzerk
Yeah, no need to be embarrassed. :) I'm no expert, but in my opinion no matter why you are doing parkour I'm glad you are and are a part of the community! (Though it does help to have good motives for continuing)
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Post by: pancakerz on January 12, 2011, 08:23:08 PM
i saw videos on the internet a couple years ago and thought "shit. i wish i could do that"
and then recently i decided, 'hey, why not learn to do it?'
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Post by: Freeflyer_09 on January 13, 2011, 05:09:34 PM
 ;D Well I was just about 10 or 11 and I loved to run! I just went went went! My dad is in the National Guard and I can still out run him in distance  :) But I always ran in the woods on the ATV trails behind my house so one day I looked at my phone to see what time it was and I was pretty far in the woods.......realizing that I had 15 mins. to get home I decided to venture off of the trails as fast as possible! I ducked and dived, jump and climbed, leeped and crawled once I was at the bottom in my developement I stopped and was like WOW!! I just kept going didnt even have problems breathing (i have sports ashma) I was to focused on my movements and getting home on time...............so longest part of the story short I continued to stay off the trails didnt even know what "parkour" was then 1 year later saw a group of people on a youtube video in the woods doing all these cool tricks and jumps and thought so that what it's called.............the end lol  ;D
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Post by: Jake Lessin on January 15, 2011, 08:53:48 AM
For the most part, Youtube. i saw videos on parkour and stuff, and i was like "this is really cool." and i had been doing a little parkour previous to that, but i only got into it about 2 months ago.
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Post by: Jacob Werner on January 16, 2011, 01:45:14 PM
@Nalern
Ive got motives too!
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Post by: michigancitypk on January 18, 2011, 04:40:02 PM
MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge, the one with Danny Ilabaca. To this day he is my idol.
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Post by: Dillon Johnson on January 18, 2011, 07:28:18 PM
I began to prove people wrong. I've always been on the skinny side, (and asthma didn't help), and was always called a "weakling" or a "loser". I needed a way to show that I am, both mentally, and physically strong. I'd known about parkour and free running for a long time, so i went for it. It has greatly improved my quality of life, grades, and relationships.
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on January 19, 2011, 05:11:07 AM
I began to prove people wrong. I've always been on the skinny side, (and asthma didn't help), and was always called a "weakling" or a "loser". I needed a way to show that I am, both mentally, and physically strong. I'd known about parkour and free running for a long time, so i went for it. It has greatly improved my quality of life, grades, and relationships.
If you can't tell, I too am on the skinny side. I had similar if not the exact problems you have. I will tell you this now. Do not WAIT to learn breakdancing, learn it NOW. It's seriously fun and as you guessed, is something at least 99% of the kids at your school (or wherever you go) can't do.
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Post by: Jake Lessin on January 19, 2011, 05:44:06 AM
I began to prove people wrong. I've always been on the skinny side, (and asthma didn't help), and was always called a "weakling" or a "loser". I needed a way to show that I am, both mentally, and physically strong. I'd known about parkour and free running for a long time, so i went for it. It has greatly improved my quality of life, grades, and relationships.
i 'm only 5'5" and 105lbs and i also have asthma but i didn 't have the "loser" problems. I did wrestling so only some people thought i was weak (those who i didn 't wrstle:)) but it gets better.
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Post by: Ryan Frosten on January 19, 2011, 01:27:58 PM
Saw some videos years ago, showed my ex but she said I'd just get hurt and waste my time. After a two year relationship that ended in a way that just destroyed me, I remembered an old friend talking about it. He left for the USMC last August, but he pretty much inspired me to give it a try.

Still hate myself for letting my ex talk me out of it.
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Post by: Dillon Johnson on January 19, 2011, 03:05:00 PM
i 'm only 5'5" and 105lbs and i also have asthma but i didn 't have the "loser" problems. I did wrestling so only some people thought i was weak (those who i didn 't wrstle:)) but it gets better.

Well, you're also light and short. I'm 5'11" and 135 pounds, but yeah, my stamina has definitely increased since I've started, and I get respect from people that see me train. It's a great feeling!
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Post by: Jake Lessin on January 19, 2011, 05:55:50 PM
Well, you're also light and short. I'm 5'11" and 135 pounds, but yeah, my stamina has definitely increased since I've started, and I get respect from people that see me train. It's a great feeling!
but with being light comes very little muscle mass so i 'm not that strong, and i don 't train in public seeing as how i 've only been in public 3 times since i started traing.
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Post by: scott on January 19, 2011, 06:00:56 PM
but with being light comes very little muscle mass so i 'm not that strong, and i don 't train in public seeing as how i 've only been in public 3 times since i started traing.
it doesn't matter if your light, your muscle mass doesn't have to increase, you could condition them to where they focus on speed and stamina instead of strength, or go strength and speed.
all it is is the way you exercise and to what side you choose and the extent, you get out what you put in bro
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Post by: Jake Lessin on January 19, 2011, 06:06:47 PM
strength and speed all the way. know any excercises that work on speed?
my abs are strong but its getting kinda flabby. they got strong from what i called "explosive bridges." in wrestling, when i was about to get pinned i would "explode" and roll to on side and pin them. :)
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Post by: Erus de Parkour on January 19, 2011, 06:15:25 PM
Well, I was introduced to parkour via a friend, and he introduced me to this website. So I checked out vids on youtube, hung out with the friend, and started practicing. Plus, before this, I had become very lazy, not doing anything but games... even though i was still somehow very thin. I wanted to do something productive, so I started practicing. So I have more than 1 reason for starting.
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Post by: Raymond Justice on January 22, 2011, 07:16:52 AM
I really started wen i was jus a wewe baby(13)naw i jus love da rush u get wen ur doing a kong or front flip and its da best 2 watch and learn
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Post by: Nick Smith on January 24, 2011, 03:32:58 PM
I have always been into martial arts and obstacle courses as a young child, I can't remember a time where I wasn't into martial arts as a kid, then when I was about 8 years old, I saw a video on youtube of that video i'm sure all of you have seen called Urban Ninjas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk . So I saw that and loved it I have always been creating little obstacles in my house out of little plastic chairs and pillows and used the couches haha. then about four years later, I found apk through google and have been training ever since. I love what Freerunning has done for me, it has made me mature, respectfull and boosted self confidence. That's my story short.

`~Nick Smith~`
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Post by: Seth on January 24, 2011, 05:27:34 PM
This video introduced me to the name of the crazy @$$ sh*t that I love to do!

Professor LongHair, Big Chief (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voB6WiP83NU)
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Post by: TheShow12 on January 24, 2011, 07:06:08 PM
For the past few years i have been working on getting in great shape for soccer. by doing so i have met alot of people including some new friends who had already stated training for parkour. i watched some of their videos and i have had a passion for it ever sense. After watching videos on youtube of professionals and have been working hard to get better. 
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Post by: mikez195 on January 24, 2011, 07:58:39 PM
id say 3run and insperation and the fact i wanted to fly and my art teachers brother made it up on mtv and she made me meet him and he was the so called creator haha he's good im glad he made freerunning we all love it but 3run and i guess my art teacher
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Post by: GruntRule on January 30, 2011, 05:03:12 PM
Random song on an internet video from Mirror's Edge led me to buy the game. After playing it I was searching parkour on the internet and found this site. I promise I won't be jumping skyscrapers and punching cops, not yet anyway.
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Post by: Kimberly Heuer on January 30, 2011, 06:00:08 PM
My first exposure to Pakour was watching 007 Casino Royale, when James Bond was chasing that bomb-maker. So, I started trying to figure out what the heck all this was.
Now that I'm not spending all my time with the Golf Team, Swim Team, and Army ROTC I finally have time to try Parkour out!
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on January 31, 2011, 07:07:07 AM
My first exposure to Pakour was watching 007 Casino Royale, when James Bond was chasing that bomb-maker. So, I started trying to figure out what the heck all this was.
Now that I'm not spending all my time with the Golf Team, Swim Team, and Army ROTC I finally have time to try Parkour out!
Army ROTC or JROTC? Either one ftw.
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Post by: Kimberly Heuer on January 31, 2011, 12:19:09 PM
Army ROTC or JROTC? Either one ftw.

Army ROTC up here at college, training with the crazy competition teams. It was a fantastic experience and definitely got me into shape, but I barely had time for classes.  :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on February 01, 2011, 01:03:15 AM
Army ROTC up here at college, training with the crazy competition teams. It was a fantastic experience and definitely got me into shape, but I barely had time for classes.  :)
If you want to get technical, ROTC is a class. ^_^
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Post by: Kimberly Heuer on February 01, 2011, 10:14:34 AM
If you want to get technical, ROTC is a class. ^_^
Alright, touche, haha. But it was the only class I spent at least 16 hours a week in, when I already had 14 credit hours in my "academic" classes
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Post by: Karl Swanson on February 03, 2011, 04:41:32 PM
I went to jump over a fence. At the top the board snapped and I fell and broke my hand in several places requiring surgery and some screws to reconstruct some joints. It took about 4 total months of recovery before I could use my hand again.

While I was recovering I heard about a gym near me that offered Parkour classes. After that incident I realized how pathetic it is I couldn't hop over a fence without seriously injuring myself. After I healed I immediately started doing Parkour.
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Post by: AaronSamples on February 03, 2011, 05:30:39 PM
I've been jumping fences, vaulting low walls, climbing walls, and other stuff of the sort since I was a little kid. But I was with some friends and we were looking up hilarious videos late one night when we started watching videos of people doing flips. I saw some related videos that looked cool so I started watching more and saw people incorporating flips into fluid runs and climbs. I instantly wanted to be able to control my body as well as they did so I went out and started practicing precisions and vaults and it just went on from there.
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Post by: PKRun11 on February 05, 2011, 10:57:02 PM
Well for me, i saw something about Parkour on tv years ago. I immediately googled it and learned more about it. Ever since then i saw the world as a playground. Everywhere i went i asked myself "what could i do to get from there to there in a quick way?". Parkour/Freerunning also puts me in a zone...like calms me. Its like my getaway and ive always been the loner type person so it gives me something to call my own. i just love the rush and peace that Parkour gives me :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on February 06, 2011, 07:44:49 AM
Well for me, i saw something about Parkour on tv years ago. I immediately googled it and learned more about it. Ever since then i saw the world as a playground. Everywhere i went i asked myself "what could i do to get from there to there in a quick way?". Parkour/Freerunning also puts me in a zone...like calms me. Its like my getaway and ive always been the loner type person so it gives me something to call my own. i just love the rush and peace that Parkour gives me :)
YES! That's what I am talking about!
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Post by: Chantelle on February 07, 2011, 11:50:23 PM
Fitness, and overcoming inhibitions.
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Post by: LaToya "Lalo" Thomas on February 08, 2011, 10:04:35 AM
I got interested a few years back when G4 was airing a tournament, owning the Mirror's Edge game might have me over the edge as well. :) I'm still a complete noob, too.
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Post by: AustinL on February 08, 2011, 12:14:44 PM
I have seen parkour many times,but never actually wanted to get into it until recently,I am missing something in my life and I felt parkour could help fill the gap.And it is working,never have I enjoyed getting into something suc as this.It is its own unique form of art,entertainment,and training.
All in one. :)
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Post by: Eric Hayes on February 08, 2011, 12:51:22 PM
I seen a few vids of Parkour and told myself I was gonna try and get into it but I got distracted with school, work, & home living but now I am more geared to trying it out as a discipline and also an outlet. Plus watching Ninja Assassin, playing Assassin Creed series, and playing Mirrors Edge I got sucked into it
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Post by: caseyjames on February 08, 2011, 11:08:41 PM
I started freerunning after watching the movie district B13. I even tried doing it at my office and got caught. Its addictive isnt it. You see any building or construction site and all you can think of it where can i land :)
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on February 09, 2011, 05:45:20 PM
Its addictive isnt it. You see any building or construction site and all you can think of it where can i land :)
Very. VERY. Addictive.
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Post by: dracomancer176 on February 10, 2011, 11:00:23 AM
one day me and my cousins went down to this park by my house and saw three guys training for parkour they were almost always down there and my little brother and sisters named them the jumpers and i like what they were doing somuch i started
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: nuclearapplepie on February 10, 2011, 02:49:39 PM
I want to do parkour ever since i was like 13 years old, but i was moving around a lot. The main reason i decide to start is because i want to find a purpose for now i guess, something to help me get up in the morning. I was kinda depressed for the last 3 years cuz of lot was going on, i was losing my grips then. I had a hard time achieving anything in high school, I was bored with everything, I was laid off from my jobs, mom used to kick me out of the apartment all the time(its funny cuz the bitch didnt have a job either), got bronchitis, soon after follow by retina detachment, and I was medically dismissed from the army. Then one day i was thinking of how much i love life when i was 13, 14 years old, so i want to get back into that mindset. So here i am, in college and totally dont know what to do except i want to push myself to train as hard as possible. Right now all i want to do is parkour, and nothing else.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: xcountry14 on February 10, 2011, 04:04:03 PM
A movie called mall cop had freerunning in it and I just looked it up and was like wow this is awsome!!
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Big Coots on February 10, 2011, 04:19:11 PM
I saw a video of someone doing Parkour and I was automatically inspired to do it.

Ever since then it has been one of my favorite things.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Original on February 11, 2011, 10:49:33 AM
My friend showed me a link on YouTube of parkour in action. I've been wanting to start training ever since, but haven't had the time. This was several months ago.

I've just begun training recently, and I still rewatch those videos for motivation.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on February 11, 2011, 10:06:05 PM
My friend showed me a link on YouTube of parkour in action. I've been wanting to start training ever since, but haven't had the time. This was several months ago.

I've just begun training recently, and I still rewatch those videos for motivation.
Who DOESN'T rewatch those videos? :p
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: kalinflip on February 12, 2011, 03:52:32 AM
this is in my response to my
other post because i didn't give a valid reason. :-[
 
i had been playing a lot of games that had parkour in them so i decided to try my luck and see if i liked it.and as it turns out i did.i even got my friend intreged  the activity.   
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Rocket Man38 on February 12, 2011, 11:09:26 PM
red bull
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Jared Clark on February 13, 2011, 12:10:48 AM
Same as a lot of others - Youtube videos.

I intended to try it about three years ago but I really didn't embrace the skill and gave up. I rediscovered the storm free-run video and decided to uptake the sport yet again and now I'm here, again.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: STpsycho. on February 14, 2011, 09:07:56 PM
Jump London,  I was hooked at that point.  Could not be more amazed or inspired by what the human body was capable of.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Kawika13 on February 15, 2011, 12:03:37 PM
hey ummm dos some of u ppl do parkour in the open :-\...like wen your in school do u parkour or no :-\...i'm asking because when i'm in school there is nothing to do...i wana pk but i'm just shame to do it because ppl think i'm like crazy so if u ppl can help me out message me thanx and mahalo  :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Jared Clark on February 15, 2011, 02:10:12 PM
This isn't the appropriate thread for asking that.

Nonetheless, you'll look like a fool and would probably get in trouble for it unless you're in like 5th grade.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: AaronSamples on February 15, 2011, 04:16:52 PM
This isn't the appropriate thread for asking that.

Nonetheless, you'll look like a fool and would probably get in trouble for it unless you're in like 5th grade.
Thats kinda harsh, I think if you find a group of friends who do parkour too at your school you could find a spot to practice during lunch or something, but it would probably end up with a teacher breaking it up. Unless you have cool teachers.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Jared Clark on February 15, 2011, 04:44:38 PM
I admit i was a little harsh on the 5th grade comment, yes. But firstly, this isn't the correct thread to ask in. Second, I'd rather let him know that he could get in trouble for it. The choice is entirely up to him but I just wanted to point out that he would probably look silly [Unless he's doing so full on tricking]
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: AJ Hallmon on February 16, 2011, 03:27:30 PM
I've always wanted to be a ninja from my lifelong love of video games. Of course, in my early childhood (where imaginations run wild) I would run around my old house jumping over things and learning handstands. Later, I would always go out in the woods with my sister and we would explore the woods... which, in doing so, reuired us to come up with some creative ways to get past things. I never really got into school sports, though I started skateboarding at a young age (and still do so today).

Back in 2006, I started watching the G4TV show "Ninja Warrior", which I thought was really cool. I didn't really even know there was an actual name for "parkour" until the release of Mirror's Edge, which is still one of my favorite games of all time.

That sparked my interest, but i still didn't really get into it. In fact, when I got into high school, I began to get really lazy, spending entire weeks inside on a computer modding games and editing videos. I never got fat (I have an extremely high metabolism), but always stayed really slim and never had any physical strength to do much.

My dad kept on trying to get me to work out, but I just never could commit.

However, in early December, I watched the "Storm Freerun - Volume 1" vid and got really inspired by it. A friend of mine seen it at the same time, called me up, and said "Dude, we gotta do this. This is awesome!"

Since then, we've been working out in our local, unused baseball park, and in mid January was when we really got into the parkour element, learning the basics like the roll, kongs and dahses, and whatnot.

We live in central Mississippi, which is not a parkour heavy area, so we decided to start a local club of folks from school to have jams every weekend and train. Suprisingly, a number of people were interested (we live in a community where basketball and football are the only school sponsored and generally cared about sports). Currantly, we have 2 other members in the group, but more people are asking about it each day.

Our goal is to continue to train and better ourselves, while learning to overcome the environment and all obstacles in life, as well as spread the movement in the south.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on February 17, 2011, 12:32:34 AM
I admit i was a little harsh on the 5th grade comment, yes. But firstly, this isn't the correct thread to ask in. Second, I'd rather let him know that he could get in trouble for it. The choice is entirely up to him but I just wanted to point out that he would probably look silly [Unless he's doing so full on tricking]
Parkour related, still belongs in general discussion. The mods will not be concerned about a genuine question, so getting in trouble is not likely.

hey ummm dos some of u ppl do parkour in the open :-\...like wen your in school do u parkour or no :-\...i'm asking because when i'm in school there is nothing to do...i wana pk but i'm just shame to do it because ppl think i'm like crazy so if u ppl can help me out message me thanx and mahalo  :)
Indeed. I haven't been lately though because of the cold weather, ice and snow everywhere. It's all starting to melt though. Part of parkour is being free, within limitations of course, we do have things against trespassing. So if you wanna do parkour, do it. If everybody else thinks you are crazy, tell them they are crazy for not having fun.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Jared Clark on February 17, 2011, 01:08:47 AM
The mods will not be concerned about a genuine question, so getting in trouble is not likely.

I was referring to his school question >_>
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on February 19, 2011, 06:56:44 PM
I was referring to his school question >_>
Well...

like wen your in school do u parkour or no
While it could be a topic on its own, it could still be asked here. Have you seen how many times people on the forums get off topic? Too many times to count.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Rocket Man38 on February 20, 2011, 01:18:45 AM
SPRING!!!
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Daniel Burkdoll on February 22, 2011, 12:10:12 PM
Video games and youtube. :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: RETROMZ on February 22, 2011, 03:41:14 PM
I saw David Belle's "Rush Hour" video.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Jake Garner on February 23, 2011, 06:50:43 AM
I've seen vids on it, but Josh Wright really got me into it first.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: TraceurNick on February 23, 2011, 09:52:58 AM
I got bored doing martial arts and I always loved climbing things as well as watching youtube vids on tricks so I researched a martial arts team [that did more crowd pleasing tricks] and saw people commenting about pk tricks so I decided to look it up and got hooked from it.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Brandon Entric on February 25, 2011, 07:28:03 PM
I was introduced to parkour about a year ago by a friend, tried it out for a bit, but was always too busy to really get into it, so I dropped it. Picked it up during the summer again, and I just did really basic training for a few months. (Extremely slow progression, but I was diligent, training and condition every day for an hour.) However, I only really started to pick it up 2-3 months ago, and started really trying to condition and advance myself, mentally and physically.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: kenny nivens on February 28, 2011, 10:42:36 AM
I got my start about two years ago when i saw these people jumping around on the playground equiptment at Shady Side Park in Anderson, Indiana. when i asked them what they were doing i thought they said "hardcore"at first. Either way they showed me how to roll and kong. i went home and looked up "hardcore" on youtube and found nothing usefull, so i went to my room and started playing the first assassin's creed where i saw that ir said free running. so i went back downstairs to the computer and found that it was called parkour. ever since i've been training and found that parkour is in fact the greatest thing someone can do with their life :D
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on March 03, 2011, 01:58:06 AM
I got my start about two years ago when i saw these people jumping around on the playground equiptment at Shady Side Park in Anderson, Indiana. when i asked them what they were doing i thought they said "hardcore"at first. Either way they showed me how to roll and kong. i went home and looked up "hardcore" on youtube and found nothing usefull, so i went to my room and started playing the first assassin's creed where i saw that ir said free running. so i went back downstairs to the computer and found that it was called parkour. ever since i've been training and found that parkour is in fact the greatest thing someone can do with their life :D
HECK YES! Also, if you love parkour/freerunning and maybe you want to learn a martial arts with it, there is combined freerunning with martial arts, look up capoeira, you won't regret it. =D
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Alexwoolums1234 on March 08, 2011, 06:26:57 PM
I found that it calms my mind and brings relaxation to my body, also another reason to go outside and workout. I first started doing parkour after a parkour video on my own, I went to my back yard and did a dive roll and it hurt the very first time , but i am on top of my game now. I am doing wall jumps and vaults a lot faster than before.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: kalinflip on March 10, 2011, 06:01:49 PM
I know i already replied to this post but i forgot to tell you guys and gals the other reason.For starting. my older brother was always hunting me and beating the hell out of me.so i loved mirrors edge and ac.so i reasearched parkour. learnt the basic's.2 months later me and him go to a local park. i punch him in the crotch. he chases after me.i did a kong vault. he tried clipped up under his feet.did a face plant fron flip.At first i felt linda bad for him then the memories came back.I slaped him in the back of the head.and ran ;D ;D ;D :D :D.he still makes fun of and says look im kalin i just did a roll.then i ask him rember that day in the park??
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: kalinflip on March 10, 2011, 06:11:57 PM
i know i already poasted on this but i forgot to tell you guys the other reason i started parkour.my brother was faster and stronger than me but i qwned a lot of games that were parkour related.so i lerent all the basic and more 8).2 months lateer we go to aour local park.he chases me i so a kong valut he tries it face plant5s i fell kind of bad but the meromires come back i tell him to get up im not done yet and run best day ever
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Eugene on March 13, 2011, 12:57:23 PM
someone posted a vid on my sisters facebook wall called "my morning run" she told me to watch it i was like =O and then my friend was making a list of ways to live life (not a bucket .list just fun stuff) and i showed him the video and said, go do that =P and he was like thats some epic parkour... i don't think i could do that i was parkour? googled it and been training ever since
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Gene on March 13, 2011, 02:35:36 PM
i had a friend introduce it to me about 3.5 years ago. i dabbled in it a little bit, but never picked it up seriously. about a year ago, a good friend of mine decided to get into it and asked if i wanted to train with him. been training ever since =)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: parkourman1234 on March 18, 2011, 10:24:35 AM
i found out through mirrors edge but i was instantly in love with it and wanted to train so  found winston salem parkour and free running and joined it and i lolve it i train when i can because im still in high school so i go out most weekends to train
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: zack montgomery on March 18, 2011, 01:43:22 PM
yea i was in eight grade when i found out about it through my friend who did martial arts but didnt really start until 9th when a kid moved from wisconsin to texas where i live and he did it so me and him trained until he moved back to wisconsin now i train on my own
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: forthestego on March 29, 2011, 12:01:10 PM
First parkour video I ever saw was Skipper's 09 sampler. I still listen to that song, gives me good inspiration haha.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Tr4c3ur on March 30, 2011, 06:53:42 PM
My neighbor found it online somewhere.  He got bored with it and stopped, but I found it to be amazing and continued to do it.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Stevie Leifheit on April 06, 2011, 07:31:03 AM
I think youtube (or the internet in general) is the biggest contributer to growing the parkour community. Sadly, most are uninformed. That's what I love about APK, we show it's not roof jumping :P
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ashley McCauley on April 06, 2011, 07:47:00 AM
Jump London. There is way more to my story but that's for a different thread.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Donald Morrow on April 19, 2011, 08:40:42 PM
I had seen various parkour vids on youtube and such, as well as played Mirrors Edge. I just never thought it possible for me to do it, but I finally figured, why not? That is after watching a few Gorilla vids :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Brian Morgan on April 20, 2011, 04:58:46 AM
Parkour was shown to me by a friend. I just jumped in it. It looked interesting. So I started out with something basic, a vault which I hardly knew anything about at the time. Then He teached me the must know stuff. As I kept going, I got a flow with it. I forgot about my problems and stress.

At the time I think it was to relieve stress. (which it still is). So I'm thankful I found it.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Shamas on May 05, 2011, 11:39:53 AM
I started because I thought the fluid motion was so natural and beautiful. When I get in the Zone I feel like a beast. Natural. Feral. Graceful. And relentless.
It is another step toward nirvana and unity.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Klope3 on May 05, 2011, 11:49:37 AM
I've always loved being (or trying to be) agile. I have also never truly liked any particular sport--the closest thing I had was soccer, because that involved moving my feet nimbly.

Then in my early teens I got into skateboarding. I guess I felt like I wanted to change myself and be athletic, involved, and skilled. I loved the idea of practicing specialized physical activities until you can do things that impress yourself and others. The thing is, I was never as passionate about it in actions as I was in imagination. My main problem is that I was too scared to try basic techniques; I didn't really want to entrust my safety to a wooden board with wheels...

Then last January, a video of Mirror's Edge caught my eye. (This is absolutely the way it happened.) I felt a rush watching this first-person gameplay where the player could get over tall fences and onto buildings seemingly without difficulty. It seemed so liberating. So, not having any idea about what was being portrayed, I Wikipedia'd the game, thinking I might buy it.

That was where I first saw the words "parkour" and "freerunning"--right at the top of the Mirror's Edge Wikipedia page. I had no idea what this weird-looking word "parkour" meant, but "freerunning" sounded really cool. It had that same liberating feel I had found in the Mirror's Edge video. I Googled freerunning and found lots of videos of people doing complex flips.

I thought to myself, "Pssh, showoffs." Intrigued but not really inspired by their antics, I went back and looked up Parkour. And that was when it started. "Adapting movments to get around in the most efficient way possible?" From the videos I saw, it looked like the kind of agility had always wanted to have--being put to good use. And I had always thought functional strength meant being able to lift heavy stuff....

The very next weekend I went out to the local skateboard park (memories, memories) and used it this time to start trying out some basic parkour stuff. It was nothing really focused or specific (I didn't know of most of the techniques yet), but the next day I hurt all over! At that point I realized that I had gotten a full-body workout without even an effort, because it was so much fun at the time. A quality workout that's fun...? I had found something amazing...

I've been hooked ever since. (Uh, yeah, only four months.) But I've improved a lot, and I now look forward to every Wednesday when I can get together with other traceurs at Sokol Gymnastics in Cedar Rapids. It may easily be the best time I've had in my life, and it only keeps getting better.

So that was a really long answer! But it was good to reminisce, and maybe some guy stumbling on these forums for the first time will be inspired by this. Big thanks to the  Internet, the makers of Mirror's Edge and the people of APK for helping me find my own unique journey!
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Tyler Trumpy on May 16, 2011, 01:40:51 AM
I watched Baniliue 13, being absolutely stunned by david belle's "inhuman" like movements, I wanted to feel it for myself, to see what traceurs see, to feel what they feel, and now here I am!
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Alan on May 25, 2011, 09:50:23 AM
About 14 months ago parkour was mentioned in a comment on a (purely internet) friend's facebook page. I had seen one or two parkour videos before, but I didn't think any real people did it. So I asked her about parkour and she explained what it is. I looked up more PK videos on youtube and realized that PK isn't all about flips and jumping off rooftops. So then I tried a lazy vault... Now parkour is one of the most important things in my life.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on May 25, 2011, 11:06:43 AM
About 14 months ago parkour was mentioned in a comment on a (purely internet) friend's facebook page. I had seen one or two parkour videos before, but I didn't think any real people did it. So I asked her about parkour and she explained what it is. I looked up more PK videos on youtube and realized that PK isn't all about flips and jumping off rooftops. So then I tried a lazy vault... Now parkour is one of the most important things in my life.
Of course real people do it. How else would it have been on video? ^_^
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Alan on May 25, 2011, 11:39:52 AM
Of course real people do it. How else would it have been on video? ^_^

Haha, I always thought freerunners were like ninjas... mythical creatures trained from birth to have god-like physical abilities, which they use to avoid normal people.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on May 25, 2011, 01:28:22 PM
Haha, I always thought freerunners were like ninjas... mythical creatures trained from birth to have god-like physical abilities, which they use to avoid normal people.
This would make us sooooo freaking awesome if it were true. Granted we look awesome doing it already. But god-like abilities sounds even cooler.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Micah. on May 26, 2011, 04:26:14 AM
I'm awesome, so I thought I should do awesome things.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on May 26, 2011, 09:47:50 AM
I'm awesome, so I thought I should do awesome things.
Okay...how did you find out about parkour? Or nonetheless if you found that on your own, how did you find apk?
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Micah. on May 26, 2011, 06:24:31 PM
Okay...how did you find out about parkour? Or nonetheless if you found that on your own, how did you find apk?
YouTube.
Google.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Nick on May 26, 2011, 08:03:24 PM
i was actually looking for teams in AZ and it came up with APK
i was like "wat is that?"" so i looked at it and vie been training ever since
my mom doesn't think i can do it zoo she's makin me seriously work out
if only she knew she was making my job soooooo much easier
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Michael Grauer on June 08, 2011, 06:04:28 AM
I saw a commercial for the 2009 barclaycard freerunning event, so I got my family to watch it with me.  As I watched it, I thought "hey I do some of that stuff all the time," so I started pushing myself to be as good as them.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: jaycee on June 25, 2011, 04:24:54 AM
I was watching the video for "It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down. For some reason, I was possessed to go read the Wikipedia article on the song, which mentioned that the guy in the video was doing parkour.

As someone who's always hated team sports (which is the sort of exercise my parents always pushed me towards), but always loved doing stuff like climbing fences, it immediately clicked that that was what I wanted to do. ;D
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on June 27, 2011, 04:09:41 PM
I was watching the video for "It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down. For some reason, I was possessed to go read the Wikipedia article on the song, which mentioned that the guy in the video was doing parkour.

As someone who's always hated team sports (which is the sort of exercise my parents always pushed me towards), but always loved doing stuff like climbing fences, it immediately clicked that that was what I wanted to do. ;D
I like this one. :D I was never a team sports person either. Btw, love your avvy too.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: ArchieThomas on July 02, 2011, 10:14:47 AM
Me and a friend starting jumping off the odd wall and trying frontflips in my garden, and thought we were being original. Then his mum bought jump london thinking it was a fantastic movie, only to be dissapointed by the fact it was a documentary, we found it in a box a few weeks later and after watching it was introduced to the whole world of freerunning and parkour, the rest, as they say, is history  :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Keifer on July 08, 2011, 10:20:46 PM
I was playing Assassin's Creed one day and I thought what Altair was doing was so cool but impossible and I'll never be able to do it. Then I was at a friend's house and he was playing Mirror's Edge and I just couldn't stop watching him play the game. Then he told me it was played with parkour and that he was actually going to learn parkour. At the time, I had no idea what parkour was so I was like, "Whaaaa???????" He showed me videos of David Belle on YouTube and, again, I thought it was amazing but, being the groundwalker I used to be, figured it impossible. THEN he pointed me to this site and I was just looking around on it one night and noticed it had tutorials. That's when my brain clicked and I took up the sport of parkour. Ever since then I've been using this site and YouTube to learn parkour and I've gotten really good at it. Parkour has helped me gain confidence, a healthy lifestyle, and some strange looks from the teachers at my school. LOL Anyways, parkour has changed my life and I never really liked any sport except for parkour. I am so happy to be able to say, "I practice a sport. It's called parkour." It has just become a part of me ever since that day 3 years ago when I saw David Belle doing what he does best and finding the tutorials on this site that made me realize I can do this. Nothing can keep me down, not even gravity. :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on July 10, 2011, 09:28:00 AM
I thought it was amazing but, being the groundwalker I used to be, figured it impossible. THEN he pointed me to this site and I was just looking around on it one night and noticed it had tutorials.
Ever heard one of the popular quotes among traceurs? "Impossible is only the beginning."
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Michael Thompson on July 14, 2011, 09:09:29 PM
I've been doing it all my life. I didn't know it was called parkour until recently, but I've always loved climbing trees, jumping, running, and climbing all over things to do things my friends said I couldn't do just to prove them wrong. I know that's not what parkour is about, but it's how I got how I am. Also, anyone else find it funny that the spell check on this site says "parkour" isn't a word?
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ninjatic Silver on July 18, 2011, 10:19:09 AM
Also, anyone else find it funny that the spell check on this site says "parkour" isn't a word?
It is if you right click the word and select "Add to dictionary."
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Keifer on July 18, 2011, 11:29:54 PM
Ever heard one of the popular quotes among traceurs? "Impossible is only the beginning."

Dude, that's deep....and inspirational. XD -updates facebook status to that very quote-
Btw, your signature made me ROTFLMFAO. XD
Haha, I always thought freerunners were like ninjas... mythical creatures trained from birth to have god-like physical abilities, which they use to avoid normal people.

I avoid normal people from day-to-day. They can be quite drab and annoyingly similar. Most of my friends are not normal, but sadly they are groundwalkers. I've tried to teach them but they don't understand that they shouldn't be sagging there skinny jeans not only because it creates yet another obstacle in parkour, but also bc IT LOOKS STUPID.

i was actually looking for teams in AZ and it came up with APK
i was like "wat is that?"" so i looked at it and vie been training ever since
my mom doesn't think i can do it zoo she's makin me seriously work out
if only she knew she was making my job soooooo much easier

LOL, parental failure. Well, actually, it's just a failure to her intentions, but a parental win for yours. XD
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ratchetrockon on July 19, 2011, 04:27:32 AM
Two years ago I stumbled upon a ripley's believe it or not segment about the Yamakasi!

Researched about it a little bit and found out they were practicing a physical discipline called parkour..

My journey started off by me jumping down high 10 feet+ objects because I thought that was what parkour was all about.. Jumping down buildings and doing flips :P, the common misconception parkour has towards non-practitioners.

Then I moved from the states to Okinawa, and learned a bit more about what 'true' parkour is, and I started taking my training seriously.

I'm now trying out more variety of movements and I hope to keep training till adulthood...
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on July 19, 2011, 04:35:58 AM


I'm now trying out more variety of movements and I hope to keep training till adulthood...
While you keep training 'till adulthood, I'll keep training for the rest of my life. ;)
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Post by: Keifer on July 28, 2011, 12:36:54 PM
While you keep training 'till adulthood, I'll keep training for the rest of my life. ;)

I haven't lived a full life until I either die of old age next to my traceur children and traceur grandchildren, or until I die while practicing parkour. Either way, parkour will be a part of me until the day I die. Then I will just perform some mad parkour in the afterlife. XD
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Post by: michaelb87 on July 28, 2011, 03:19:41 PM
in 8th grade i became really interested in martial arts so i started trying to get into shape. one day i was about to go for a run when the ultimate parkour challenge come on tv so after seeing the first part of it i sat down and watched the rest and i was like this is what i want to do. after that i did some research and found this website.
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Post by: TheBigLOL on August 13, 2011, 04:56:48 PM
Because parkour is beast.  You fell beast when you are doing parkour.
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Post by: Camilo Carrasco on August 21, 2011, 08:00:40 AM
For me it started with my uncle always showing me videos of ppl jumping from roof to roof when i was little...but it wasnt until a few months ago when i started watching jump city seattle that i learned what it really was from there i looked up some videos on youtube and noticed that the ppl in the videos were doing a movement i already knew how to do the lazy vault and from there i wanted to learn more and more :)
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Post by: Nick Fernandez on August 22, 2011, 07:01:55 PM
I really can't remember what made me discover PK/FR, because it was years ago. But I know I probably wouldn't have known if I didn't take gymnastics in fourth grade. It turned out that both of my coaches were traceurs, although I wouldn't have known it for a couple more years. My dad owned a cybercafe back then.  Eventually my gymnastics coaches came in to the store one day to check it out since they played games too, games like World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike, just stuff like that. We ended up talking to each other a lot whenever we were in the store. Some time in the future, probably fifth grade, one of the coaches showed me, my dad, and a couple others a parkour/freerunning video (maybe if I had paid more attention I could have picked up on that and became a pro YEARS ago). Anyway, that was the first time I'd ever seen anything that involves jumping on rooftops and flipping off them. Fast forward later in the year, I was hearing a lot from my friends about this game called Assassin's Creed in one period and how this guy would sneak around and stab people, apparently it was really fun. Somehow it appealed to me and I asked my parents if I could get it, but in the end I wasn't allowed to. Some time later during the holidays we planned on visiting my grandparents in another state. I guess I was going to bring my Xbox with me, and my dad figured out my gymnastics coach had a copy of Assassin's Creed since I had really been wanting to play it. So I borrowed it from him, and STILL in my time in Nevada I did not pick up on the "freerunning" aspect of the game. I even thought the game was boring and difficult and stopped a quarter of the way through. But for my next birthday I decided to get Assassin's Creed 2. A little while before this one of my classmates and his friend were just screwing around one day at school and were doing little two step vertical wallruns. A lot of other people, including me, tried to do it. I failed.When I played Assassin's Creed 2, I realized that, based off of those wall runs I had seen my classmate do, that this "freerunning" was actually possible. (It seems like quite a few people here come from an Assassin's Creed background). At the same time, one of my former gymnastics coaches came into my dad's cybercafe and talked about advertising for his parkour classes here. I joined the conversation and he explained what it involved. So by THEN I was very interested in how this all added up. I looked up freerunning, then eventually parkour, and etc. This started the chain of learning about its history, the idea, the moves, the tutorials, and eventually here. I wanted to go to this parkour class. But my parents were having financial issues and it was $15 for a class every Saturday. Yet I could have trained outside. By then I was probably 11 or 12.  I'm pretty sure I used the excuse of "I'm not cut out for this" or "I'm not crazy" or "I'm not fit enough." But a year ago my dad was watching the P90X infomercials on TV as he was overweight. He decided he was going to go for it. He lost 30 lbs (unfortunately he's still a tad bit over average weight). At the beginning of the school year of my new school I thought maybe I would try it, it seemed so effective, but I only got through the first few days with a lot of pausing and cheating. But by the time that school year was about to reach its end, I remembered how great it was for my muscles to be sore and the boost in energy. I remembered all the times I would go in my backyard and try to do a wall climb and just couldn't do it. I consider P90X my beginner conditioning for parkour and as I type this I'm on the last week of P90X. I now have no excuses for being out of shape as I always was skinny. As my parents came a little out of the financial issues, I was able to start taking the parkour classes the beginning of this summer as it's blazing hot outside of the gym. My dad made a deal with my former-gymnastics-coaches-now-parkour-coaches and now I'm able to go to class until next summer. Now that I think about it, there were so many scenarios it would have been impossible for me to have not discovered Parkour/Freerunning.

Sorry for the essay.
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Post by: Ian Want on August 25, 2011, 12:48:17 PM
I had left my band after dumping tons of money into it and I reconnected with my friends of 10 years. They had been parkouring for 2 years when I decided to give it a try. I went out on my first day and tried to do a wall up and couldn't because my weight at the time was 230 lbs. I hated parkour. But what I hated more was being so ungodly out of shape. I stuck with it and as I started progressing, I became addicted. And that is my story!
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Post by: Alfredo Cornejo on August 27, 2011, 02:51:04 PM
What Made me Start Doing Parkour was Looking at Videos of it On YouTube. I Thought to myself this looks very cool and it looks like your just flying. I First Tried it by Going To a Local Park and Looking around to See What i Could Get Around. I Then Started Doing it and Getting the Hang Of It. Everyone At the Park Would Look at me And Think to their selves that's Amazing.
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Post by: Matthew on August 27, 2011, 05:03:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KSr1pozm6Y

I saw this video on youtube way back about five years ago. It has always been in the back of my mind and now I am acting on it. I wonder if this is the first video any of you guys saw...

+10 per post challenge+
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Linda Watters on August 27, 2011, 09:44:36 PM
Great question! A few things got me started. I was vaguely aware of parkour for a few years, had seen it on tv, in the movies and on the internet. It started to itch at my brain in the fall of 2010 and around Christmas, I decided to have my mid-life crisis. In my mid-forties, I realized that if I wanted to do parkour, I had better start while I still could bend my knees and before I had back problems. Knowing that I wasn't quite fit enough to jump right in, I signed up for kickbox lessons! (something else I had been wanting to do but putting off) By the time I started taking classes in June 2011, I was a whole lot stronger and fitter. I got to class and was amazed at what I could already do once shown! Upper body strength stuff still needs work, but I was hooked after my first lesson/jam session! Great thing is, I'm not the only 40 something woman in my class, we've got a few!! :)
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Post by: Manu on August 29, 2011, 08:00:25 PM
I knew about when I young but never got into it. A few years later when I got into better shape(wasn't a jellybean kid no more) I wasn't in any sports cause they all seem boring and I need a physical hobby that seemed fun. So I was reintroduced to parkour by my bud(who left to USAF after teaching me some basics) and since I always wanted to do it as a kid so I decided to go for it. Been practicing for a month now. Also I got alot of my inspiration from Assassin's Creed lol.
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Post by: Jason on September 03, 2011, 04:33:49 PM
Honestly hiphop dancing got me into parkour i started learning but when people started to be able to do what i do i got annoyed cause i was regular so i looked up how to do flips and it should me parkour videos and I WAS AMAZED!!! so im trying everything to find a group that can teach me and let me join
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Post by: David M on September 04, 2011, 03:59:16 AM
Even though I started Parkour recently, I think I can still post in here  ;D Anyway, Ever since I was a little kid I have always wanted to join the Marine Corps. I wear Marine Corps shirts, I watch Marine Corps movies, I read A LOT of books about the Corps; I'm pretty sure I know more about the military 99% of the population. What I didn't know about the Corps was that there was an ADHD policy. I was diagnosed in 5th grade with ADHD and have been on medication since then. When I found out that there was an ADHD policy, my heart instantly sank. I read through the policy about a hundred times and It says that unless you have been off your medication for a minimum of 12 months, and been cleared by a military doctor that you can function like a normal human being without medication, you are disqualified from any military service in any branch. I felt like crying and I still do. I have been in contact for some time with the Rowing coach (I'm a rower) at my dream college, the United States Naval Academy (The Marine Corps is a department of the Navy so students go here to be either a Naval officer or Marine Corps officer.) and unfortunately, he informed me that this policy still stands. Then I stumbled upon Parkour about 3 months ago. After talking to the Crew coach at Navy, I thought to myself, Well, I may not be able to function without my medication but I can do Parkour. Parkour has no ADHD policy, no rules, there is nobody to say that you cant do this because you cant focus like a normal human being can. So I have been putting all of my time and effort into three things, Rowing, Triathlons, and my new sport Parkour.
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Post by: Tyrell on September 04, 2011, 06:18:08 AM
kinda reminds me of the first "parkour video i'd seen" Its really not parkour, but tricking.
It was a Team Ryouku, and I didnt know the difference.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Nick Fernandez on September 04, 2011, 08:08:24 AM
I knew about when I young but never got into it. A few years later when I got into better shape(wasn't a jellybean kid no more) I wasn't in any sports cause they all seem boring and I need a physical hobby that seemed fun. So I was reintroduced to parkour by my bud(who left to USAF after teaching me some basics) and since I always wanted to do it as a kid so I decided to go for it. Been practicing for a month now. Also I got alot of my inspiration from Assassin's Creed lol.

That's awesome that you found something. I like practicing parkour because it's not always a team sport, you don't have to depend on working together with 5+ people in order to win. I used to play football, but really, no matter how strong you are, or how fast you are, you can still get benched because, maybe the coach's son is on the team, and so are his two friends. With parkour, you can have all the fun you want without someone taking you out of the game.
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Post by: Ian Want on September 05, 2011, 01:35:47 AM
Parkour is the best of both worlds.

You don't NEED a team to progress. Its all you!
But if you HAVE a team to work with and build off of it makes it so much better.
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Post by: Colin Schwager on September 06, 2011, 03:39:59 PM
I was actually inspired by the moves shown in the Prince of Persia series. I thought to myself: "These moves aren't humanly possible". While browsing around Prince of Persia fan videos, I found a video depicting the moves the actors from the POP movie had to perform, as taught by David Belle. And I instantly fell in love with Parkour.
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Post by: Simms26 on September 14, 2011, 06:41:54 PM
About 14, 15 years ago I was standing in line with a kid in kindergarten who had no fingers on his hands, but balls, or fists, for hands. We had a conversation and the end result is me wanting to be useful. I had no idea what Parkour was but over time as I grew up I knew I wanted to do something just like this, but couldn't seem to find it. It felt like chasing a ghost. Eventually I found some videos on youtube for free running, looked more into it, and found APK as a result. I've been interested in Parkour for about a year now. From APK I learned about LVPK and linked with the community in mid June this year. Now I plan to practice regularly while attending college.
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Post by: Luke Santore on September 14, 2011, 07:03:18 PM
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So basically I started because it looked cool, I stayed because of the philosophy.

Same with me.
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Post by: Ryan Courtney on September 14, 2011, 07:23:21 PM
I loved watching Ninja Warrior, but always thought of it as impossible. Then I stated watching videos of Skynative and Nosole and decided that I was gonna try. It was all downhill from there.....
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Ryan Deklerk on September 24, 2011, 09:29:24 PM
A few years ago my brother showed me a video of a bunch of clips of guys doing parkour. I was intrigued, and I wanted to do it, but I didn't know how nor did I have a place to practice. When I moved from Florida to North Carolina, I saw it as an opportunity to do something different. I was going from a private school to a public school and I was in a place where nobody knew me. And now I had numerous places to train. So I did. I taught myself the basics, modelling my movements off of what I had seen and heard. I started out with learning to do a wall-up, then a wall-run, and then the vaults. Now I'm about six months in and it has given me greater confidence, a better physical appearance, and better physical and mental performance.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Eric Reynolds on October 03, 2011, 03:18:43 PM
i saw it on Top Gear, thought that's crazy son. i want to try that. learned a roll and forgot about it. few months later my friend starts doing some stuff at cross country, im like, whats that? he says parkour, i start learning some basic vaults, then were training after school, meet somebody who also does parkour, make a group, start training together, become best friends, and now we train as much as possible. 
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Heath on October 11, 2011, 10:00:57 AM
About a year ago, I suffered from an extreme lack of energy and focus, which lead to depression. I tried boxing and martial arts, but soon found that I hate violence unless it is fake, such as television and movies. I tried weightlifting, but still i felt like a husk. Then I saw Casino Royale with my younger brother, a big James Bond fan. The chase scene between Bond and the bombmaker really enthralled me, and so the next day, I gave parkour a try. I began to gain more energy as i practiced, and soon became proficient. Now, i live for the Flow and love the feeling i get when accomplishing a new technique. Parkour has quickly become my life and i enjoy every precious second i can run and vault. Long live the Flow
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Post by: Jacob on October 11, 2011, 07:52:06 PM
Well, I have always done parkour, even though I did not know what it was called. I was called the crazy kid, or the monkey, all of my family have had this trait at some point in their lives. I was in gymnastics so I had a lot of the strength and ability already but I had no technique so I ended up getting hurt a lot while trying to practice.   but then my sister's friend was just doing a little bit of parkour with me, and I decided I wanted to learn how to do it properly. I looked up parkour, found this site, and watched all the tutorials that I could find. and now, I train almost every day.  :)
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Post by: Kyle on October 19, 2011, 07:38:46 PM
Hmm let's see started parkour roughly about 1 month ago and I heard about parkour from my ex girlfriend and a few people and wasn't really sure what it was so one day when I was feeling down and depressed about my life and thought what use am I to life the idea of parkour poped into my mind for some reason, I searched what it was on youtube and I was instantly inspired about everything about it, I felt like I had a brand new purpose in life. I usually train alone because my friends aren't really reliable at training with me. I usually train at my school park and I train everyday to improve my skills and I get a few cuts and bruises as I test out my noobie skills, but I always keep this motto in my head "Pain is for a moment Quitting is Forever".  And now I have noticed I have become both physically and mentally stronger.  :) (Also I have been able to react faster for some reason Awesome!)
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Post by: superdude88 on October 20, 2011, 08:14:46 AM
Hmm let's see started parkour roughly about 1 month ago and I heard about parkour from my ex girlfriend and a few people and wasn't really sure what it was so one day when I was feeling down and depressed about my life and thought what use am I to life the idea of parkour poped into my mind for some reason, I searched what it was on youtube and I was instantly inspired about everything about it, I felt like I had a brand new purpose in life. I usually train alone because my friends aren't really reliable at training with me. I usually train at my school park and I train everyday to improve my skills and I get a few cuts and bruises as I test out my noobie skills, but I always keep this motto in my head "Pain is for a moment Quitting is Forever".  And now I have noticed I have become both physically and mentally stronger.  :) (Also I have been able to react faster for some reason Awesome!)
that really sounded like parkour got you through suicide
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Post by: Kyle on October 20, 2011, 01:06:06 PM
that really sounded like parkour got you through suicide
Ya =D helped lots been much happier since I started parkour  ;D
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Post by: superdude88 on October 23, 2011, 01:54:31 PM
first +1
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Post by: Jamie Costa on October 27, 2011, 12:22:33 PM
Honestly what got me into freerunning was my love of adrenalin.

i used to skateboard but it wasnt gnarly enough for me ....

then i saw people like brian orosco and david belle and i was hooked.

 FREERUN FOR LIFE


--Jiang Shi--
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Post by: Cory Finch on October 27, 2011, 05:35:54 PM
My love of Jackie Chan.  Most martial arts training just doesn't have the same oneness from ones environment.  He does it through fancy stuntman shit though, that isn't really practical, so when I went back to martial arts training I went looking for parkour instruction too, for something that would actually work.
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Post by: Memitchi on October 28, 2011, 05:07:59 PM
Man... Well, I bought Mirror's Edge 'cause I caw all of these really cool videos of it, and then I bought it and started researching real life parkour. I gawked, and gawked, and gawked at videos on YouTube, but never commited myself. And then my cousin, who has been doing parkour for 2 years, inspired me to learn it for real. And I did, and still am!
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Post by: tookus on November 02, 2011, 08:21:15 AM
Me and my friends always played chase and follow the leader in the city when we were kids, and then one day on youtube I saw that there were professionals doing stuff like we did. Since I was already pretty good I started doing it seriously.
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Post by: Ryan A. Vetter on November 04, 2011, 08:28:22 AM
I started parkour because I started tricking three years prior to practicing parkour. I thought it was all backflips and looking cool, but then I saw a guy doing some rather daring feats. I approached him and said "I bet you can't do a frontflip." His response, "It isn't a matter of whether I can or can't do a frontflip, I know I can't do one yet. I'll say this much about what I can do, it's much more important that getting my kicks, I'd rather sleep in bed tonight than at the hospital."
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Post by: Mequelle on November 05, 2011, 03:50:12 PM
I wanted to do something unique not like football or skate boarding something unique so i choose pk. This all happened after i played mirrors edge on playstation. But before i was just a fat gamer kid with no abs.
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Post by: Daniel on November 11, 2011, 06:04:35 AM
Well I figured being homeschooled and what not Parkour was a sport I could do without issue *Sadly nobody to train with Wytheville Virginia*  So I started got the roll down FIRST THING and then I just started with it slowly Mirrors Edge helped a bit also
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Post by: crazy cat on November 14, 2011, 12:38:51 PM
I wanna know if somebody practice parkour or freerunning in cape coral or fort myers in florida? please contact me
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Post by: Shamas on November 14, 2011, 12:46:57 PM
I wanna know if somebody practice parkour or freerunning in cape coral or fort myers in florida? please contact me

You should be looking in these threads (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/board,37.0.html) for people in your area.
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Post by: Jordan Bates on November 17, 2011, 10:46:28 PM
I've always done flips and tricks since I was a kid. Now I'm starting to get into parkour/frerunning.
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Post by: Jennifer on November 18, 2011, 08:08:59 AM
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Well, I have always done parkour, even though I did not know what it was called. I was called the crazy kid, or the monkey, all of my family have had this trait at some point in their lives.

Exactly this!

My dad nicknamed me his little monkey when I was super young, so young that I don't remember when it started, it was just always that way. As I got older, I had an undeniable urge to climb ALL the THINGS!  ;D I climbed on top of the swingset rather than playing on the swings, I climbed my two-story house, I climbed over fences and got into trouble. And once I climbed, I jumped. I've always felt the urge to jump from high places (don't ask me why).  I learned to dive roll between strands of barbed wire. I learned to stand on my bike (I had a boy bike with the straight bar down the middle, instead of "girl's" style.) I would spend all day long away from home, out with my horse, and she'd end up grazing while I climbed persimmon trees or chased rabbits through blackberry patches.

Climbing, running, jumping, swimming, diving, rolling...I identified so strongly with those sorts of movements that when I got older and settled into a life of being a mother and a wife and a writer, I felt like I was no longer myself. The "monkey" in me was dying. I went into a serious depression.

Then I saw some people doing parkour in a park. I chased them down and begged them to train me. Since that first day, I've felt like myself again. No more depression, just pure joy in movement.
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Post by: James on November 27, 2011, 12:58:20 PM
Honestly, I was channel surfing and I saw a show called American Ninja Warrior. Most of the contestants were saying they practiced by doing Parkour and Free Running. I searched it on google and got interested. 
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Post by: mondo on November 28, 2011, 04:54:34 PM
i always loved to go fast... i drove fast cars..i ran fast but it was never really enough the faster i got the more i wanted..my dream has always been to learn how to fly..since i saw superman..as a kid i wanted to do that..then i saw the new  james bond and they should that free runner..it seemed free like he could do anything like peaceful..the world was his play ground thats wats i wanted
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Post by: alex on November 29, 2011, 09:48:23 PM
 :D i love saying this story ......im only 19 and ive been doing parkour and freerunning for almost 12 yrs i started training after my leg was healed after a nasty dirtbike accident and it took me 2 yrs to heal one day while i was in the hospital i looked out the window and on the roof i see a guy getting chased by security and he was moving with so much flow and speed he made the security guys look like fat lazy smucks ....so after i got out the hospital after my leg was healed i took an oath and ive been training scence and now i have no fear ive done everything with freerunn and now its part of my life and i will never stop with the flow lol
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Post by: Derek white on November 30, 2011, 07:46:36 AM
to be totally honest Assassins Creed. by the first one i thought dang thats tight. by the second one i bcame nearly obssessed and me and my friend thought well why not try that it doesnt look to hard so hey lets go haha. we started to train and got more and more into it we started with simple climbing up objects and from that point on ive always loved parkour (or in their case free-running) haha man i just cant get enough. ;D :D
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Post by: isaiah rivera on December 02, 2011, 04:44:18 PM
Watched Worst Case Scenario: Being chased, they said the word Freerunners, looked it up on google, found a video, and got hooked. ;D
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Post by: Arthur on December 03, 2011, 01:28:37 AM
i have been doing pk for about six years now. i saw some people doing it in Frisco a couple of years before, just roof jumping and tricking which iv always done flips and jumped around on stuff so n e ways i had a dream about me jumping from one building to another and doing flips from one building to another and started practicing. so when i got into colledge a week later i took a gymnastics class and one of the guys i met there had been doing it and he told me about pk which i called roof jumping back then and one of the other guys had been doing it for five years so that when i started and have been hooked even sense. sense i have started a crew and ya i still remember when no one rely knew what it was. ;D
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Post by: miyuki on December 03, 2011, 05:35:16 AM
my friends got me into it we didn't have much to do on friday so he started climbing the walls at school and doing flips and such being there were only a small group of kids outside i though i would try too.after he said i should look up parkour and now im here
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Post by: Drew on December 15, 2011, 01:50:16 PM
well me i started doing parkour (summer off 11) because i was just sit around all day and night doin nothing but sit around play xbox live well i got bored and started to watch t.v music channel and Three doors down-it's not my time liked the song looked up the music vid and this dude was freeruning and i looked every thing about and i fall i love with it cuase "your born ready for parkour" so i've been train with what ever and who ever (friends,famil,etc.) yea so here i am ///.^
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Post by: Charlie on December 15, 2011, 03:16:42 PM
I first saw the video Russian Wall Climber and just got hooked... Later I found out it was called parkour (this was about 4-5 years ago) and learned a bunch of stuff. I loved how natural it felt and the philosophy, and started training off and on. Now I just love it, it's a part of my life.
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Post by: matthew on December 15, 2011, 04:19:00 PM
I wanted to do something with my life instead of just talk about game informer. my brothers are huge on working out and i started and loved it. but i wanted to but it to use, i started to look up ways of getting stronger, then PARKOUR showed up , i instantly started feeling a rush that i just wanted to go 0ut run and never stop. I kept watching them and decided to get past all fears, i told my self before i did a move that i thought was crazy "its now or never" and since then ive been all for parkour alwase doing it , its become a addiction that i cant stop. Best thing that's happened to me so Far! Thanks so Much for all  you do APK!!!
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Post by: Jarrett on December 16, 2011, 05:22:11 AM
my friend introduced me in the fall of 2010 during out cross country runs. He had an interesting way of getting past fences, so I questioned him. he proceeded to show me the david Belle chase scene from district B13, and that's where my parkour lifestyle started  ;D ;D
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Post by: Ryan Tucker on December 23, 2011, 04:34:50 PM
I started for a few different reasons. I kind of became obsessed with martial arts and self-defense, and around the time that I actually started training in martial arts and self-defense, I officially discovered parkour. I feel that parkour is an important part of self-defense and a natural progression of it. Not to mention that it is extremely fun and very awesome (just like martial arts).
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Post by: Tyrell on December 24, 2011, 03:14:59 PM
Watched Worst Case Scenario: Being chased, they said the word Freerunners, looked it up on google, found a video, and got hooked. ;D
well it coulda been worse, i mean u could have been chased, BY freerunners. lol jk
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Post by: Robert on December 27, 2011, 02:02:00 AM
I did not know about parkour untill 2-3 years ago,
Me and my friends were just running up walls and such.
Then a guy came who actually did parkour and said: ''Hey you guys wanna train with us?''
After a while we went training with a big group of traceurs.
And I felt home with them, You know, Doing push-ups in the middle of the crowd
monkeys,speed faults and all of that stuff. Everyone was looking but we didn't care  8)

-Robert
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Post by: alexander on January 02, 2012, 10:14:08 AM
i started training around a year ago but i mostly just joked around but now I'm getting pretty serious with it and I'm loving it parkour and freerunning is my life now i live it breathe it and eat and drink it xD but I'm also going to be starting 365/52 just like jimmy Davidson and i plan to become a beast like he has and maybe even better (yeah right) but yeah i started it because someone i used to hang out with used to do it and show it off and what not then one day he asked me and two of my friends if we wanted to so we did didn't really like it (he didn't show us how to do anything or any conditioning things or proper vaults ) but later we tried it with some of our other friends and we loved it mostly because of it's one shoe video we watched and made us really inspired to have fun with it and yeah live freely (jimmy Davidson ariakes video)
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Post by: Joshua on January 16, 2012, 12:10:10 PM
well to start off i play soccer to be honest i was an epic fail at it. reason why i didn't enjoy it very much i all ways get tired and the ball was a big pain in the ass. and i didn't have the hart for it. one i was watching American ninja warrior tryout and i saw this guy from Utah was pretty much like a allstar in that . well that next day i just try to do armature free ruining and even do i keep failing at, my heart never stop looking back on it. from to this day i do every time i can get in the rain and the snow I'm pretty stiff right now. but later on I'll be as flexable as a rubber band..
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Post by: Seth on January 18, 2012, 06:25:57 PM
Im 15 and found this i started my running career and trained for sports and when i found parkour it was like just wow. I saw David Belle and i was inspired by the way he thought of it and im starting a group up in the summer to train and i want this to spread but the only problem is that urban areas are hard to find where i live. I will make do and i condition for it i work on wall runs and im not interested in the trick aspect but the efficiency of it.
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Post by: Jacob Ellis on January 19, 2012, 05:04:04 PM
Assassin's Creed....*nerdgasm*
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Post by: Sinbadx11 on January 23, 2012, 10:20:25 AM
My love of Jackie Chan.
  Although KodiakClaw said...
..does it through fancy stuntman shit though, that isn't really practical.
  I feel as though a huge majority of his stunts are through fancy no-fear-about-the-situation and practicality.  I mean a small portion of stunts (very very small) done by Jackie Chan are not meant to be practical (i.e; when he pops candy or something into his mouth for the smooth factor) All of his movements and his way of overcoming obstacles are definitely practical.


And needless to say he is the reason I have always been interested in Parkour. I finally decided my body can actually do it.
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Post by: pam on January 27, 2012, 09:21:03 PM
I was on youtube watching parkour vids and i just got inspired.
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Post by: caiden garrison on January 28, 2012, 09:09:23 PM
the reason that inspired me to learn parkour is a friend i met on xbox live he said that theirs an awesome sport called parkour you should try it so i did and ended up liking it and now im trying to get better
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Post by: Sinbadx11 on January 28, 2012, 10:50:10 PM
the reason that inspired me to learn parkour is a friend i met on xbox live he said that theirs an awesome sport called parkour you should try it so i did and ended up liking it and now im trying to get better
+1
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Post by: Nick Henderson on January 30, 2012, 06:37:13 PM
ive always wanted to find new ways to push myself. i love physical activity and i saw free running on youtube and decided to try it. over a year later i am still doing it and love every minute of it
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Post by: Jim on January 31, 2012, 01:25:59 AM
I've always been pretty active and especially interested in self development. Also gymnastics was always my dream but i live in a very rural area in Australia so the golf course was the closest thing to a mat, bins to vaults and my legs to trampolines so that developed alot from there.
However when i saw David Guetta's film clip (forget which song) I was like "Whoa!", then I went onto Google and found out this urban ninja stuff actually had a name: Parkour. From there I used to continuously watch one of those hardcore jump off stuff as high as possible Parkour vids to that Rise Against song, Paper Wings. And yeah, just been developing from there.
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Post by: Justin Shanks on February 01, 2012, 12:42:53 PM
I only learned about parkour 3 years ago,
I needed some sort of structure and outlet for a bunc of stuff, anger, depression, etc
parkour proved the self-development side of it to be useful, now I use it to exercise and to clear my head of stress and school

In other words i got hooked cause it helped me in basically every aspect of my life therefore it is AWESOME!!!

*side note, if you use google chrome and write parkour it says its wrong
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Post by: Roberto on February 06, 2012, 07:16:20 PM
I've decided to do parkour because it facinates me and it gives you a good work out! I discovered parkour on YouTube. I was at a friends house watching videos on youtube when they showed me a video on Crazy Jumping. Which then later I realized was called parkour and that that was David Belle in that video! :)
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Post by: Luke Welvaert on February 08, 2012, 08:06:05 PM
3 things...Mirror's Edge, the Office, and Casino Royale.
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Post by: pam on February 10, 2012, 11:28:53 PM
I started because of all these youtube vids and  that got me pumped
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Post by: Mack Hartley on February 17, 2012, 07:50:14 PM
Wondered to myself 2.5 months ago...
Wouldn't it be cool to jump off tall things safely? So i learned how to roll, then lazy vault, two handed vault, etc.
Glad i watched that you tube video! looking at it now it was actually really bad technique XD
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Post by: Josh C. on March 04, 2012, 04:17:38 PM
My life-long best friend and I were hanging out one day, playing Assassin's Creed, and I was like "dude, that would be crazy awsome in real life. He the told me the name of the sport that would captivate my imagination for years... Parkour. he said he had looked it up on youtube and it seemed easy enough to learn (not quite, as i am just now learning). I got on the internet and checked it out. for two years now ive been back and forth about trying it. I finally decided to go for it. Today was my first day of training and i love it. I love the excitment, the freedom, the physical push, and the philosophy surrounding the sport.
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Post by: jordan wallace on March 13, 2012, 06:03:03 PM
i was watching #Invalid YouTube Link# videos on parkour so i started like that but im really looking for people in las veagas nevada to come work with me dont know lots of moves but if any one lives in 3900 east sunset road las veagas nevada come to my apt one day and with me if u are a pro
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Post by: Alex 'Mercury' Garner on March 28, 2012, 03:21:17 AM
I was the playing Mirror's Edge...  ;D that's how I found out about it.
Well, actually, Dad walked in on me playing the game and said, "Is she doing Parkour?" I asked what that was. Turns out, he used to do this kind of stuff all the time through high school in big cities before David Belle came along. He taught me a few tic-tac and roll moves and I went from there (it's been too long, Dad's too out of shape to train for a while :( )

Later I met my buddy Cer, who was just getting started, too. From there, he perfected my roll, taught me how to climb dumpsters/walls, and so I taught him combat/sparring drills and a few weapon dissarms, and how to bust open doors. I've actually found basing your drills and moves off of Mirror's Edge gives it a sense of familiarity (we both play the game together a lot) and a sense of what needs practice.
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Post by: Derek on April 04, 2012, 07:55:10 PM
Mirror's Edge, man. Mirror's Edge.
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Post by: Travis Compton on April 07, 2012, 08:06:19 PM
Me and friends were bored started doing some crazy shit on my trampoline and we found out about parkour and started training and now we r a group and we r pretty good.
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Post by: Paul Fiedler on April 16, 2012, 02:20:58 PM
Simple... My friend asked me to come to a local park which is kinda a hot spot for Parkour... Been doing it ever since.
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Post by: Caleb Lewis on April 30, 2012, 12:22:41 PM
Season two of American Ninja Warrior caused me to improv obstacles on the show in my backyard in training for it, then I found out about parkour from a friend and I was like "hey, I have the strength to start!" so I started, never looked back!
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Post by: Sam Dutton on April 30, 2012, 04:17:26 PM
About 2.5 years ago I was trying to climb a tree with a branch I couldn't reach. This guy comes up and shows me a wall run up the trunk. I try it, get to the branch(it was only 7.5ft high),and the guy tells me to look up parkour and then walks away. So I go home and do that and BAM! Here I am now.
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Post by: Justice Rivera on May 03, 2012, 07:18:44 AM
I actually found out about parkour from friends and video game. They both inspired me to learn park our and to also live life in a free-like way!
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Post by: Jason C. Astor on May 03, 2012, 08:11:20 AM
Like most of you here, I grew up loving Ninja Turtles, Kung-Fu, Power Rangers, Jackey Chan and running around outside doing things Mom said stop doing. I throughout life kept jumping around and "Playing" it was very sparatic though. It all changed when I stopped and looked at my life.

I was drinking, smoking ALOT (Tobacco and Herb) and my only real concerns were women and money. I was good at it but not really happy. After a bunch of failed relationships and jobs I knew that my life was lacking something. So, I stopped concerning myself with the same old drunken party sh*t and I re-found my love of working out, then I discovered a love of distance running, then I discovered Mud Runs and Obstical cources

I was practicing for a Mud Run obstical course. Started tryin stuff a little different then I already did them. Started doing more jumping stuff and climbing. Me and a buddy were practicing wall runs so I googled Wall runs and Jumps. 100's of Parkour videos and tuts later I found myself here. Stopped calling myself a dude that acts foolish and started calling myself a traceur, Started drilling moves instead of just doing stuff when I felt like it. That is how I started doing Parkour.
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Post by: Danny Hall on May 09, 2012, 06:07:41 AM
Just like many people, I was first exposed to parkour on Youtube. I was just searching for cool videos, and I saw this video of people leaping from roof to roof and running without any borders. I had no idea what it was called, but I wanted to do what they were doing. I finally learned about parkour from a sports book, and then I realized that this was what I had seen in the Youtube videos. I immediately decided to start doing this amazing sport. Now I realize that it is more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle and a philosophy.
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Post by: max on May 14, 2012, 07:43:18 PM
I first started when my friend told me about it abour 2 years ago. i wasn't sure what it was so i typed in on youtube a couple hours later and found the video called "freerunning" which probably inspired so many of us. right after is saw this i ran around the house doing tic tacs (kicking the wall) and tripping over the couch. Next day i spent about an hour setting up chairs and tables for my "parkour course". Months  later my friend and i had been kouring at a local church and got better every day. about a year after i watched my first video i had slowly stopped with parkour. At the beginning of the school year i found a new friend in the same situation and we both inspired each other to restart parkour. Now we are training at least once a day and getting better fast.

 first video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8uOBjnQajg
Second video after restarting (we sucked because on the rain) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS2zVdwEcG4
3d video before making our new channel(we still kinda sucked but it ll get better )http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQlHwmqRM-U
second http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKljPLAI2L4
sorry my post is so long
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Post by: Robert "McMuffin" Teets on May 15, 2012, 05:00:19 AM
I first started parkour and the begining of 2011, when I had actually just heard about it from a friend. I didn't really start until I found one of my friends on this website. Ever since, I have been training almost daily, and having fun doing so. It just sucks that I havent been able to train for a few weeks.
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Post by: anthony on May 15, 2012, 08:03:53 PM
i started because i saw a guy Damien Walters doing these awesome tricks and thought i would try this i have been practicing almost every day ;D
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Post by: Liam H on May 15, 2012, 10:39:58 PM
I was on the internet one day and I saw this guy do a vault and thought that i could probably do that so I tried it and I almost got it the first try but my foot caught on the wall I was vaulting on so I stopped for a while. Then one year I went to a church camp and this was on a college campus so there were a few low walls and once I saw them I remembered trying that vault and tried I a couple times and after two or three tries i was starting to get it. So once I got home I was interested in what it was called so I looked up parkour and saw some videos and thought it would be to hard. Then in the past year i started looking it up again and thought I might be able to do it but I didn't have anywhere to do it. Then one day at school a friend of mine was trying to run up a column and dared me to try and I did and I was able to get one and a half steps up so now I've started to get back into parkour and decided not to quit this time.
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Post by: Conner McGillvray on May 27, 2012, 10:50:57 AM
I heard a joke about parkour, something about how every time a person would do a simple vault, or a hop that the group would shout "PARKOUR." It was annoying, but it made me wonder how capable i was in doing it.  I was in good shape, so i didn't see why i couldn't do well.  I searched tutorials and became addicted.  In the months of training that followed, i realized there was much more than a joke, it was a passion. 
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Post by: Kevin on May 27, 2012, 05:18:17 PM
I watched "Chose Not to Fall" from Matt63productions and Daniel Ilabaca and the way he talked made me do it.
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Post by: Joshua on June 01, 2012, 10:25:50 AM
In my generation, there is alot of "Parkour" talk, which is mostly inaccurate, but the word is still thrown around. Anyway, one day I decided to find out what Parkour actually was. Instantly captivated, I watched David Belle do these amazing movements on Youtube. A few weeks later, after conquering the Kong Vault, I went back to school and explained to my friends what Parkour was, and started teaching some of them some basic techniques. Since then, I have taught about 7 friends about Parkour and train with them daily.
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Post by: Ninjatic Silver on June 04, 2012, 07:49:49 PM
In my generation, there is alot of "Parkour" talk, which is mostly inaccurate, but the word is still thrown around. Anyway, one day I decided to find out what Parkour actually was. Instantly captivated, I watched David Belle do these amazing movements on Youtube. A few weeks later, after conquering the Kong Vault, I went back to school and explained to my friends what Parkour was, and started teaching some of them some basic techniques. Since then, I have taught about 7 friends about Parkour and train with them daily.
Interesting! I am still trying to rediscover my motivation to get up and around! D: All my friends stopped going out and doing things with me. All they wanna do is sit around my house and play video games. Not that it isn't fun, but my 8 pack turned into a 4. Not amused.
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Post by: Leah King on June 05, 2012, 11:59:11 AM
To be perfectly honest, I was running late to class and ended up dashing over and around obstacles.  I saw a classmate who told me that class didn't start for another five minutes.  He then asked me if I knew parkour.  I told him "no" and he told me to look it up on YouTube.  I did, thought it looked awesome(it is) and began training as best as I could.  There's no really good place in Clearwater Florida.
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Post by: Tyler on June 05, 2012, 05:24:41 PM
Two of my closest friends learned about it and trained while I was busy with wrestling. About 7 months later I was finally free and they were always asking me to come out so I did. In about a 2 hour session with one of them I learned how to kong, lazy, turn vault, and dash. I progressed quickly and ever since I have been interested in it. Unfortunately I have not practiced in a long time but I am trying to change that by slowly reintroducing myself back into it.
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Post by: Steven Boutcher on June 06, 2012, 09:33:03 AM
I had no idea when I bought the game Mirror's Edge for PS3 that it was even about parkour and freerunning.  I beat the game before I even looked up information about the game out of curiosity, and that's when I first saw the word "parkour."  The novelty of the word interested me and I researched more into it and I found myself wanting to learn.  I remember the first thing I did was watch APK and 3Run tutorials among others to find the best explanation for how to do the parkour roll.  I only became more passionate and addicted to it with time ^_^
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Post by: Ryan Paul Rohrich on June 08, 2012, 12:35:53 AM
Well I had discovered Parkour around a year or so ago but I did not take it very seriously and was preoccupied with other affairs. Despite those distractions Parkour had always stood out in my mind but I considered it another teenage "fad". Recently I had come to this site and reread some of the material and looked into the philosophy of Parkour and watched the videos of David Belle. Once I saw him put his philosophy into action I fell in love with the philosophy and application of Parkour. It is poetry in motion really. Flowing, endless, graceful in it's own essence. To me personally it transcends the "box" the world places itself in (Where everything "has no value beyond it's limited self-reference.") It pushes the boundaries of the social "norm" and uses it to it's advantage. Everything is interconnected especially when it comes to the body, mind, and spirit. I believe Parkour incorporates all three of those if you have the proper mind set for it. So I did not only start Parkour because it is fun, keeps yourself in amazing shape, and helps you get to where you are going faster, but to grow in my faith as well.  ;)
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Post by: Marc McLeod on June 11, 2012, 12:30:57 PM
I just recently got interested in Parkour because I wanted to be more acrobatic but the way i found out about parkour was pretty funny. So may 31 my mom's birthday I dislocated my kneecap and since my parents couldn't drive me they got an ambulance and while on this ambulance I asked the EMT stationed with me what was the most minor injury he had ever been called for he said it was a sprained ankle. I laughed and asked who would call for that and apparently the mother of a kid who watched some parkour video saw him doing some stuff and saw him limping and freaked out. I looked up Parkour found this website and the rest is a lot of reading and then handstands and rolls until my knee's better.
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Post by: Will on June 13, 2012, 02:50:40 PM
Interesting to read how others got the Parkour bug!

For me, I always do bike rides as a form of fitness.  I would go out four or five times a week after I finish work.  The trouble is, where I live, in the winter times it tends to get dark over here at about 5 o clock, and doesn't give me enough time to get a good bike ride in! 
I was worried over the winter that I would lose my form through lack of exercise.  Thats why I took up running, you can get a good workout in a much shorter time compared to a bike ride. 
The problem is, running by itself is quite boring.

I found myself one night watching random youtube videos, and I found a couple by Ryan Doyle.  I guess you could say I was inspired :)  I searched for more videos of people training, and decided to try myself.  I have never looked back :)

I still go for a run every night after work, and while I'm out, I'll practice rolling etc and on my way back, instead of taking a break sitting on a picnic bench, I'll practice my kong vault over it.

Much more fun than running on its own! 

I do take it seriously though, I understand the dangers involved.  One of the reasons I registered here is to speak with more experienced traceurs and hopefuly learn a thing or two!
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Post by: Anton Mesmer on June 13, 2012, 11:20:40 PM
I won't lie. I mostly started this because I saw guys on YouTube doing all the cool stuff that I saw action movie stars and power rangers do when I was younger... and then I realized that I could probably do it too if I tried. I used to crash tricks in the backyard when I was little not really thinking much of actually landing any of them. Then I learned to backflip. As I grew older I started to move away from show-offy movements and more towards practical movements. [enter Parkour]

Since then, I've been fully devoted to discovering all the different ways humans can achieve movement.
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Post by: Robert Lindstrom on June 15, 2012, 11:38:29 AM
Here's a story for you guys.  It may be a little long.

I am 5'7", and I weigh about 315 lbs.  I've been heavy all my life, even as a kid.  What can I say?  I love to eat.  Now, 315 lbs. might be a lot (OK, it IS a lot), but also know I've lost 40 lbs. since the beginning of January 2012, and I am not stopping there.  I've been trying to get healthy for 5 years, with losses and gains, and this is the year that I finish what I started.  This is the year I shed all this weight, put on a little more muscle, and accomplish what every overweight individual wants most:  to be comfortable in my own skin.

But what made me want to train in parkour?

Around 2005 a couple of my friends saw some of the early parkour videos that had found their way onto youtube, and they were training hard.  They showed me the videos, and instantly I was hooked.  To overcome any obstacle, and see movement in a different way fascinated me.  Stairs were meant to be run, ledges were meant to be climbed, and the world had suddenly become a big playground.  That, and it looked like a lot of fun too. But back then I knew I was too heavy to do it, and it saddened me that I would never do a vault, or climb a wall.  Hell I can't even do a damn pull up.  It was depressing.  It still is.

Then one day I thought... "Why couldn't I?  What's really stopping me?"

And that's when I started looking at myself a whole lot more, and I didn't like what I saw.  Who I was didn't define what I was capable of, and since then I've been sweating a hell of a lot more, lifting heavy objects, and knowing the path that I want to walk.  And climb.  And run.  And jump.

That is what got me started training ladies and gentlemen.  To overcome not just obstacles in my environment, but also obstacles within myself.  To know that I am worth it, that I want something, to set my mind to it, and achieve it.  I know I have to take baby steps in learning, and that I can't do very much yet with all this extra weight on my body, but once I shed this fat like a second skin, I'm gonna run, climb, jump, and never look back. 
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Post by: austen on June 26, 2012, 09:30:42 PM
I was wanting to become an assassin like in the games so i started training in the eyes of an assassin and i didnt know it wascalled Parkour so that is how i started.
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Post by: Stacia Renea Allen on June 28, 2012, 04:39:31 AM
This is my first time ever posting anything, so bear with me!  ;D
I started parkour about a week ago, and it has been the coolest thing I have ever done in my life! (Besides belly dancing...) I decided to try parkour while I was still in school a few weeks ago. (I just graduated) I have never had very many friends and I very rarely hung out with people. I have never felt like I belonged anywhere. I was the really quiet kid who always got good grades and got teased for being too smart. One day I overheard a bunch of kids gossiping about a group of people that called themselves the " Freedom Runners". I thought it sounded kind of silly at first, but then that very same day after school I actually saw them. They were a group of graduates who all did parkour together in the small town I went to school in.
    I was hanging out at the library after school and I happened to glance out the window, and there they were. It may sound corny, but it was one of those moments in your life where everything seems to happen in slow motion, you know? They were vaulting and jumping off of ledges and rolling and flipping... The looks on their faces while they did it showed me that they clearly experienced a freedom that other people don't. As shy and as silly as I felt, I found myself putting down my book and going outside before I could stop myself. They all kind of chuckled at me as I stood there staring like a moron.  :D I asked what they were doing and they broke it down for me. Now here I am, doing my best to learn and keep up with them. They are all older than me and I'm actually the youngest member of the group. Looking back, I try to imagine what my life would be like if I hadn't went outside that day.
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Post by: Edo on June 28, 2012, 10:17:27 AM
I was doing a walk when a friend of mine began to run and he did a monkey...After I asked: What is this? and he answered: This is parkour! I'll train you if you want!....
At the beginning I wasn't sure of parkour but when I watched a parkour video from youtube (this video http://youtu.be/_YLSW1zxG2M  ;D ) I excited of parkour!!!!!
And now, a year and 5 months later, i can do front,side,back,front 180 flip, cork, b-twist and all parkour moviments too.
I thank my friend for this...
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Post by: Mack Hartley on July 10, 2012, 01:15:36 PM
I was bored one day and in my room, watching youtube, and one of the related videos was "How to jump of high things and not get hurt". So i watched it and thought that was cool, i didn't even know that was possible at the time, (it was simply doing rolls). And i look in the comments and there were alot of disslikes and people saying, Thats not a parkour roll, or, You will just hurt yourself that way. So i typed in, Parkour Roll, and Ryan Doyle's parkour roll came up. I watched it and tried to do a very simple roll in my bedroom (the type where you hold your foot). I finally succeed after 5 minutes and thought it was fun. So i continued to the normal roll, and found that this mysterious "parkour" thing was about doing vaults and ninja like moves. My goal was to get all of the basic movements down, and i have achieved that goal, thanks to a crappy and incorrect PK roll video =). I've been doing PK for about 9 months now and counting.
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Post by: Danny Hall on July 15, 2012, 08:34:16 PM
Back when me and my friends were in elementary school and junior high, we had this addiction to looking up fail and win videos on Youtube. Of course, this led to us seeing people jumping from roof to roof of buildings and flipping off walls. We found out it was called parkour. We thought it was cool, but we really did nothing about it. Recently, in my last few years before graduating from high school, I have found a renewed interest in parkour. This was pushed on when one of my friends that I had had since elementary joined a gymnastics team and became a skilled tumbler. We both started doing parkour together. This is how I got into parkour.  ;D
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Post by: RivQua on July 16, 2012, 10:20:29 PM
My whole life I was the chubby, lazy kid who sat in the corner and read a book instead of running around and not being able to keep up with all the other kids on the playground

At some point I tried to learn different things, like breakdancing, hip hop, skateboarding, and the like, but I could never really find a group/teacher, and if i did, i felt like i didn't fit in.

Then, April 2011, I met my sister's friend's boyfriend, who did parkour. somehow my sister thought to ask if he would be willing to teach me, and he was more than happy to help.

Remember guys, ALWAYS be willing to help the newbies.
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Post by: Kylee Cleek on July 22, 2012, 11:21:27 PM
Riv: I used to be the same way. I always had a small frame, but I was lazy as can be. Later in life I got into body building (which is incredibly hard for a female). It is still an interest of mine, but sitting around lifting weights has proved to feel the same: closer to an interest in fitness, but still inherently motionless. Once I started parkour, and got that intense cardio, my muscles are starting to pop more than they ever did just doing regular weighted workouts.

I really wish I had a trainer or even friend who did the sport (it would be a lot easier than trying to learn it all on my own from internet videos and reads). But once I am what I can all 'good' I would certainly love to take a younger person under my wing who wants to learn parkour. Training newbies is how you start a group in your area! Everyone should be on the lookout for those who need/ want help with it.
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Post by: kenchiro on July 23, 2012, 11:37:16 PM
I want to be a police officer in order to keep the bandits. ;D
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Post by: Sally Gander on July 28, 2012, 11:45:48 AM
Basically, I was watching fail videos on youtube, and I saw all these people failing flips. And I thought to myself, "Why are the doing that?!" I learned the name, and I wanted to start doing parkour.
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Post by: Austin Morrow on July 30, 2012, 12:53:24 PM
I've always had an interest in jumping and climbing trees all throughout my life and even up 'till today. One of my best friends, who had been doing Parkour for years, told me about it, and also showed some of the freerunning variations. Not too interested in the tricking category, I practiced Parkour, and have been doing it for the last two years, and for the last 3-4 months, have been practicing the freerunning variations.
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Post by: Robert Bacheller on August 19, 2012, 09:36:23 AM
I was trying to find an athletic activity that was more exciting than just running but with more independence and freedom than conventional sports.
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Post by: Quentin Serling on August 20, 2012, 03:27:03 PM
My interest stemmed from a fascination with break dancing, then Mirror's edge put a more interesting perspective for me.  I'm just getting started, and have a child on the way, so I thought it would be cool if I can run and jump around with him when he gets to that age.
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Post by: Quentin on August 25, 2012, 08:07:37 AM
For me, Parkour has been a fun, creative outlet. It keeps me fit and relaxes me, but it also challenges me and teaches me to learn and grow constantly. I actually learned from Youtube (you can learn anything from Youtube), but I did not simply run out and jump off buildings. I actually have a bit of a fear of pain, so I wanted all the intensity of Parkour with none of the ouch. I started slow and built my way up and have been training ever since.
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Post by: Jesse on September 04, 2012, 04:01:31 AM
I happened to be flipping through the channels one morning before a workout, and came across a team free running match with some of the guys from Tempest competing. I immediately knew I had to try the sport.
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Post by: Cesar Soto on September 05, 2012, 03:47:29 PM
I was out running last night and halfway through it I remembered about speed running and though I should check it out. I love pushing myself and challenging myself so I thought this would be a fun way to do it ;D... Can't wait to go after it!!!
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Post by: Clint Walker on September 08, 2012, 04:20:16 PM
I was bullied in school and, despite holding my own, not really built for (or interested in) the fight. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I first discovered parkour through a youtube video. From that point on, I had a solution. I didn't play sports, I couldn't follow or understand MMA, but I could run. Running, jumping... that I could understand. I was built for it.
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Post by: Collin on October 06, 2012, 12:44:14 PM
Well, it all started after I kept getting bullied and I wanted to get away from everyone. Then realizing I'm not the only one who did what I did I learned that it was called Parkour Or Free Running. Then I started too research it, found this guy called Ryan Doyle then soon realized that when I do Parkour I am in a whole entire new world and that this can be used to "Run away from my problems" and to let my mind be free of all this "Stuff" happening in my life. So every weekend I walk to Buffalo, Iowa and jump all over the place. Now being 16 years old, I take farther and farther, doing more and more things with my body that not a lot of people do. Its been really hard to find people like me around here, but now I have all of you and this make my heart happy and makes me feel more at home. :)
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Post by: Darius Gray Curry on October 06, 2012, 11:28:20 PM
I'd heard about it briefly about a year or so ago, I was told what the definition was and knew some people that were into it, but I never really understood what it was. Just a few days ago, I saw a Youtube video by Ronnie Shalvis and Devin Graham, "Assassin's Creed meets Real Life," Honestly, I loved it, and I started to look up the roots of parkour and I suddenly got it. I love the fact that parkour has a deeper meaning than just, "Hey...that looks cool," I'm gonna be brutally honest and say that, after reading about it, I realized...this could be just the thing that I'm looking for in life - in the sense that I've always been afraid of getting into trouble that I can't get out of, namely a physical fight, and right now, I'm weak and vulnerable. If I get in a fight, I'm toast. I've tried to learn martial arts, but I hated the classes, hated that it became a ranking system of, "So and so is better than you and there's nothing you can do about it," I hated the competition of it all. It occurred to me that in a way, it could very well save my life as a sort of 'flight response,' Being safe is something that's always worried me, cus I've never been a tough guy.
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Post by: jake on October 07, 2012, 05:01:56 PM
well what made me start it waz that i realized by doing parkour it could get me out of situatians like bullies.
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Post by: Joshua Lehmiller on October 24, 2012, 10:11:43 PM
Mirror's edge. 'Nuff said.
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Post by: acrobatlegend on November 08, 2012, 07:16:37 AM
Just the freedom from formal rules. There are no judges, judging you on your technique and you can create new moves without concerning yourself with how judges may feel.
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Post by: Code Red on November 14, 2012, 08:35:12 PM
Easy! I saw it on youtube and gave it a try hear and there..just clicked I guess. Now I get better and better as months pass.
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Post by: jake on November 25, 2012, 03:48:21 PM
While derping around on youtube 3-4 years ago, I found a video of david belle, and couldn't stop watching it and other parkour videos. I've been messing around with parkour for a while, but it wasn't up until this year that I actually started taking classes on it.
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Post by: Scared Doggy on November 25, 2012, 04:15:32 PM
Played soccer all my life, made varsity in high school, got sick of the competitiveness, quit, and had to find something physical to replace it. The day I discovered parkour on youtube was the day I decided it was what I wanted to do. Been training hard 3 years since.
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Post by: Dylan on December 23, 2012, 01:14:43 AM
I wanted to run on walls.  4 years later, I can run on walls.  lol XD
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Post by: amanda on January 11, 2013, 09:20:46 PM
i just got into parkour and started practicing like 2 days ago. ive seen videos on youtube and i was fascinated. im always hiding out in my room and i dont hang out with friends much cause i dont have many that live close. when i seen parkour in action i saw something that could be my new adventure. so far i have been practicing the kong vault on a shorter wall other than the waist high walls and i think i have been getting the hang of it. sadly i wish i had some one that i could train with and get pointers from but i dont. id like to use parkour as another way to make friends too cause im not the very social type. so yeah my reason for taking up parkour is A) stress relief B) a way to make new friends C) to learn more of what my body can really do and D) to feel alive and have an adventure! ur not a beginner unless you begin and im a beginner and i will go until i master this beautiful art!
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Post by: Russell Wilkie on January 12, 2013, 09:16:20 AM
Well I picked up Mirror's Edge and I instantly fell in love of the game for it's jumps and vaults. I ended up beating the game the day I got it and was looking on the web for any rumors of a sequel. One of the forums I visited linked this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPIw3cv8Zls

I wanted to do Parkour so I looked it up on the web and found a bunch of tutorials. Been practicing ever since.
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Post by: James Mellen on January 23, 2013, 03:32:56 AM
I started parkour the day i was born, i have always loved running and jumping and everything in between. although just recently (2 years ago) i found that what i've always done had a name and even more surprising, it had a deeper path and philosophy that went with it. i found this out because one day i was on youtube looking for harder obsticle courses. i ended up finding something on Damien walters and that got me interested. then i spent thousands of hours looking for all manner of tutorials, workouts, guidance. i started the real discipline of it only after i discovered Parkour Generations, i can say that this website is awsome! and i think that without it (and without the many youtube videos) it would've been really hard to understand the philosophy. then i looked up everything on the founders (David Belle, Seb. foucan, the Yamakasi ) what i think realy helped me get to understand it and therefor practice it truely was the yamakasi and there Q&A vid's.
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Post by: Jaden Fennec on January 27, 2013, 03:29:55 PM
Well, personally, I was watching the summer olypics 2012, 6 months ago, and the brodcaster said " if you are a teen in the US, some popular extreme sports are BMX skateboarding and parkour", i didn't know what that was so i looked it up and it was epic. I am only 14 but im the best in my school and my team, Fennec Freeruning.
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Post by: Sabrina on February 04, 2013, 09:41:09 PM
When I started high school the group I got friendly with ended up being into parkour and I already knew what it was but then I actually tried it with them and was instantly hooked, I wanted to do it all the time and I would get more determined by the day. Then, I ran away and hitch hiked by myself across the nation in each state, even to the border of Mexico. For over a week I saw e everything and it inspired me and motivated me to do more parkour and freerunning and travel at the same time when I get older because I wanted to parkour on all the buildings and mountains and other things I saw on the way. I'm home now and working harder than ever and saving up to road trip and do that but when I'm older legally.
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Post by: zhan on February 08, 2013, 05:10:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSELni9859E
sochi 2014 parkour and freerunning
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Post by: Jared Cantilina on February 09, 2013, 09:09:20 AM
this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voB6WiP83NU

and Assassins creed II
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Post by: Jeremiah Townsend on February 11, 2013, 04:52:18 PM
okay guys get ready for the lame of all lames. i was putzing with my friend one day when we went downstairs to play xbox. i stumbled on his assassins creed 2 game. i wondered what that was so i played it. i beat the first fight then got into the very first race of the game, took me 18 trys to beat it, then said "i could do that, thats easy". so i started running and jumping for a while. about a year into it and i still didnt know there was a term for what i was doing when one day my friend goes "I'm better at Parkour than you" and in my head i go "wtf?" i looked it up, found this site, and got serious about it. so there you go...another traceur inspired by videogames. i have noticed that people who actually practice for parkour are better in assassins creed than those who don't, usually finding the most efficient path and getting the kills
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Post by: Houston McArthur on February 20, 2013, 10:16:54 AM
Well, I got bored.

No, really. I'd been interested in the concept of parkour for a while, but I never really saw myself doing it. I realized recently that I'm already in a rut in my life. Between work and school, I didn't really have any excitement in my life. So I decided to change that, and I'm really glad I did.
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Post by: Carlos on March 03, 2013, 09:16:42 AM
What made me start doing parkour... Or at least try >_< is the fact that i can relax and have a time where its just focusing in one goal and that is completing or getting over an obstacle.
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Post by: David Swenson on March 06, 2013, 12:48:17 PM
I was playing indoor kickball in my 9th grade P.E. class. I was running to a base when somebody threw the ball at me to try and get me out. I did a tack off the wall, tucked my feet in (barely missing the ball), and promptly landed on the base. That's when I knew I wanted to start doing parkour.
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Post by: source on March 11, 2013, 10:34:40 PM
I read all 22 pages. Hi everyone.

I've just recently started. It's out of my comfort zone. It's not something that I'll get use to without daily training, so I'm practicing to feel more confident about my abilities. So far, parkour is a life-changing experience for me. I changed the way I ate, and I'm exercising with motivation to keep parkouring.

This is awesome.
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Post by: Lonnel on April 08, 2013, 09:14:44 PM
Wow all these stories seems so cool. Mine isn't as epic but here goes..

I used play tag with my friends alot and in the park that we played in was small and cluttered with obstacles. Since i was always tagged first because i would always try to go around something, I would try to figure out how to get over or through it. I stopped in middle school because no one did that type of stuff anymore. My parents always tried to make me do sports but I never liked any of them and was always disinterested, even with martial arts. Around the 8th grade my friends and I still played tag in the same park, I started doing the same stuff again. During that time my friend kyle told me "that was awsome parkour dude." and I'm just like "Par-wha?" After that I went to youtube and from there I was pretty much hooked. I now do Parkour/Freerunning.
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Post by: Cameron Lute on May 12, 2013, 12:25:11 PM
I was watching Ninja Warrior and Parkour and Free Running Videos on You Tube, and my friends came up and say you want to get faster and stronger? Then i say yes I want to do parkour and Free Running to get faster and stronger. I started Parkour and Free Running on March 31,2013 and I really like it. 
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Post by: Erik Thornton on May 13, 2013, 04:21:32 PM
To be honest I was 9 when I started parkour because I had watched my neighbor do it. 4 years later I started a group & I do it everyday.  :P
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Post by: Christopher De Bow on May 14, 2013, 05:45:28 PM
4 years ago, I decided that I was tired of people telling me that I was weak and couldn't do anything physical with my life. I was picked on relentlessly, and while my martial arts background helped in some cases, I still wasn't conditioned enough to actually protect myself. Parkour gave me the strength and determination necessary to jumpstart my life.
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Post by: parkour12321232 on May 24, 2013, 06:54:05 AM
what got me started was that i saw a video and i understood this is LIFE its my SOLE purpose i Love doing it im just a beginner but it makes me happy relaxed its FUN and training is serious
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Post by: Dylan Bowman on May 26, 2013, 04:37:44 AM
Mirrors Edge and Assassins Creed And Loving Ninjas got me into doing parkour after seeing so many awesome moves and craziness online I had to start learning parkour
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Post by: Rick on October 07, 2013, 07:20:50 AM
I'm still new to parkour but recently my friend told me about a parkour jam (Ive never been to one) in Cincinnati so I thought sure why not. I go there and meet a ton of new people, learn new moves, and expeirence new styles. I enjoyed it a lot, and came back home wanting to try new moves out. Here is a video of the jam.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y8k5zcX4TA4
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Post by: Ice Phoenix on October 16, 2013, 11:02:38 AM
I first saw a video of george Mayfield and thats when I got watching Parkour vids and following the scene. This was back in the UrbanFreeFlow days I bought some merchandise from UF cuase lets be honest it looks pretty cool. After awhile I started to hear what Traceurs were saying about UF and slowly I started to drift away from parkour in general. This was like 5 years ago. Then quite recently say couple months ago. George posted another parkour video called Freedom which looks really cool and got me interested in Parkour again. So I did a bit of research and ended up here :). I've started training again recently but its really hard to find good places down here to go specially since my mother doesn't necessarily approve of the whole Pk thing. Anyways thats my story and how I got into it hope you enjoy.
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Post by: volkari on October 22, 2013, 01:18:19 AM
I first heard about it from minecraft parkour, but got interested in it after playing Assassin's Creed and seeing the parkour moves there.
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Post by: ShadeFreerun on November 07, 2013, 05:07:18 PM
Umm YouTube probably, when I was but a wee child, my parents showed me a video, and I said hey, that looks kinda cool
I forgot about it a week later, the next summer, I was browsing YouTube and a parkour video was front page, so I went up to my mom and said, "Hey, you remember when you showed me this?" She replies with a simple' "No" and I said no matter, I wanna start doing it, so I started looking up tuts on YouTube (ShadeFreerun, no vids tho) and I started slowly learning, then I learned of a parkour gym in Fishers, Indiana, B.A.S.E Parkour it was called, I started going there, they are extremely receptive to newcomers, or maybe your good, but wanna sharpen your edge, this is the place to go.
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Post by: Tj Kahler on November 26, 2013, 07:07:50 AM
Well i was on YouTube watching videos with my brother and we came across a video of some people doing parkour, so then we decided to try it out and i have been doing it ever since.
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Post by: Carlos Hudson-Bey on November 26, 2013, 04:24:36 PM
Jumping and doing tricks was kind of my thing since I was six when I did my first backflip. I used to look up videos and tutorials of the tricks I wanted to do and throughout the years progressively learned more and more about free running and parkour.

One of the videos that has inspired me time after time is this:

Those front flip combos were so cool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tf1iz_MjFPc
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Post by: asaparkour on December 25, 2013, 06:49:30 PM
I got into parkour when i saw some awsome Jackie Chan films and that really inspired me. At that time I did not know what parkour was until my dad told me the name of the art. Then my dad brought me to Primal Fitness, and thats when I started training. Now I have practiced it for about
3 years.

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Post by: THEafk5 on December 25, 2013, 08:08:09 PM
I got into parkour when i saw some awsome Jackie Chan films and that really inspired me. At that time I did not know what parkour was until my dad told me the name of the art. Then my dad brought me to Primal Fitness, and thats when I started training. Now I have practiced it for about
3 years.
Your dad's awesome.

Why did I start pk? Well, I was doing tic tacs before I knew what were them, calling them "walljumps". Then I found out pk. But I considered it too hard so I didn't do it. Then I rediscovered it during my vaction and I knew this is what I wanted.
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Post by: The Barefoot Panther on December 28, 2013, 07:26:35 PM
For me it was a lot of different things combined. First, I'm one of those weirdos who actually like to just run, even without the incentive of staying in shape or whatever. I also have intentions of signing into the Navy (like my Dad) and becoming a Navy Diver (not like my Dad). In general I just like to be active and enjoy pushing myself. As far as actually starting parkour, I'm sure many traceurs first heard of the practice from the video game Mirror's Edge. I personally love Mirror's Edge, but I first learned of parkour from playing "parkour" maps in minecraft. I know, kinda lame, but I started to wonder what the parkour tag on all the maps meant, so I looked it up. It seemed like fun (I really have never stopped playing on jungle gyms) and it also seemed a good way to conquer my greatest fear, heights (Yea, I'm scarred of heights, and yes, I love to climb. Everything. It kinda annoys my older sister. Especially when I do it without shoes). Now that I've written it down, it doesn't seem that exciting, but its more than enough to inspire me.
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Post by: Urbanmotionartist on December 29, 2013, 05:56:03 PM
I used to do gymnastics. I was competitive and really enjoyed it. Now I do flips and stuff all over the place. I'm the only one in my grade that can do a standing back flip
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Post by: Joseph Bahder on January 20, 2014, 08:08:05 AM
Since we were tiny kids, as far back as I can remember, my brother and I were climbing on things, vaulting over things, and trying to be the best explorers and adventurers we could. We ended up just naturally learning a few of the basic skill involved in Parkour, including Safety vaults, Kong vaults, and Lazy vaults. We could do a decent climb-up, and we knew our way around the woods and the city alike. When I was about eight, my brother ten (Warning: Ages Approximated), we saw a video of David Belle's famous B13 chase scene spliced together with a lot of other very smooth and ruthlessly efficient clips of his work. Instantly the two of us were captivated, not by the flips and weird tricks he did at times, but by the sheer speed, efficiency, power, and control with which he moved. He was in complete control of his body. He know where he was, what he was doing, and how to do it. He was in every aspect of our dreams, the pinnacle of a perfect human. Naturally, we wanted more. I was a bit young to really understand how to find out more, but my brother did some research and discovered the word: Parkour. He knew at that point that that was what he wanted to do. As he began to start really seriously training, he brought me in a little ways down. We were both beginners, and we knew virtually nothing, but we desperately wanted to be in such absolute control of ourselves, in the perfect form of a human: in control of doubt, fear, and weakness.

And so, we trained. About eight years it's been since then, and we've come close to our dream. There were obstacles, and many of them, but I'm proud to say that the two of us are really on our way.
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Post by: Kingkong95 on January 20, 2014, 08:15:48 PM
I like jumping off things.
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Post by: Eric D on January 29, 2014, 07:44:22 PM
The philosophy of finding ways around the things that limit you. Achieving what you can despite the obstacles life places in your way.
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Post by: Somewhat Superman on February 08, 2014, 06:18:48 PM
i was looking on youtube at how to do a back in like fifth grade (im only 13 so now im in seventh) and i saw in the sidebar parkour so here i am now ;D
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Post by: Calabozos on February 12, 2014, 01:39:52 PM
I was looking at running techniques to implement in my marathon training, and bam. Parkour videos. I was hooked.
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Post by: Dragnets on February 13, 2014, 06:28:10 PM
I started 8 years ago. I also loved sport and I still love it. I like practical stuff and I enjoyed my secondary school sports lesson. Always had great grades at that lesson. As usually kid likes to jump around on fences and especially I enjoyed to climb on trees. Oh remember I was usually climbing on tree to get that apple for my self not like others throwing something at it or shaking the tree.  So one day, eight years ago I had a conversation whit my class mate, I found out that there is actually an activity/sport for this type of thing. So it really made me excited especial that I could do it whit friends. At the beginning there was so much to learn as they showed me the video "Vault102" at that time only one a proper video. So from child I always have been active and when I found out that there is a sport for it I started to do it. Now it is part of my life wherever I go, I use short cuts :)
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Post by: Hattori Sasuke on February 21, 2014, 05:17:08 AM
I started because of two reasons. My first reason is because of the Assassins on Assassin's Creed, I always was like I could do that if I practice it isn't that hard. My second reason was because a lot of people don't do parkour, because they are scared or don't know what it is, they play other sports like basketball. Also sorry if my english is bad. I was born in America but my two fluent languages are English and French so its hard cause I think of the two when I speak it.
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Post by: Kailas Hearn on February 27, 2014, 05:12:16 AM
I first saw the RedBull Art of Motion video. I found it insanely awesome. And pretty much ever since then i have been running about doing parkour. Im still not that great but im getting there. It gave me an outlet for stress and anger. Ill prolly be doing this till im too old to move.  ;D
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Post by: SebastianCannon on March 04, 2014, 01:10:09 PM
 I have played the Assassin's Creed games for a while and eventually became interested in what the heck the main character was doing, "how did he climb and jump like that?" I asked myself. I looked it up on Youtube and google and basically got my answer-he was doing parkour. I began watching tons of videos on the stuff found APK and then began practicing when I could.

                   Summary I found parkour through Assassin's Creed
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Post by: Ronnie Thompson on March 15, 2014, 05:03:54 AM
Well, I have been jumping off of things and doing rolls and such since I was little but recently found out what it was through a few friends of mine and started training with them. They aren't very serious about it, but I am ;D. I love doing this and will continue to do it.... Plus, te AC games got me VERY inspired, as did David Belle. :)
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Post by: Jean|cmA on March 23, 2014, 06:27:52 PM
One year and some change prior to today, I was sitting in an awesome CAD class and witnessed storm freerun concrete circus, and volume one. Ever since that day, I became hooked on the topic, philosophy, and discipline.

I turned to the internet the same day, and never looked back.
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Post by: Elusive parkour on March 27, 2014, 11:50:41 AM
This is a fun question lol... My first time was with some friends I barely knew, and we ended up having to run from the cops less than an hour later. After that, I started climbing my roof and such. Then I found a name to it, and videos about parkour. Since then, for going outside is much more fun.
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Post by: Nick Holmes on March 27, 2014, 01:10:06 PM
This is a fun question lol... My first time was with some friends I barely knew, and we ended up having to run from the cops less than an hour later. After that, I started climbing my roof and such. Then I found a name to it, and videos about parkour. Since then, for going outside is much more fun.

This is a bit concerning, care to explain?
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Post by: Zak Infinite on April 08, 2014, 03:35:30 PM
Well around 2 years ago I found this random youtube video of freerunning and was instantly interested, me and a friend took it up for a matter of a week and stopped, well he stopped an I followed stupidly, he went to the sport scootering which I was never really interested in but I started, I got bored and left so did he, then I encouraged him to start freerunning with me, he stopped after 6 month, I continued by myself because I like it so much I cant let it go
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Post by: Zak Infinite on April 08, 2014, 03:37:45 PM
Remember dont ever let anyone stop you, never give up thats what keeps me going...
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Post by: calebparkour on April 10, 2014, 06:21:16 PM
Well mine started because I was always a good runner I'm big though and j though with parkour I could work with my weight and I started doing it and now I'm in love with it
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Post by: TheShadowCreed on April 11, 2014, 06:06:29 AM
Assassins Creed brought my attention to free running, so I started kind of doing that on my freetime without knowing what it was I was doing. eventually I was looking up how to jump higher and farther, and stumbled across plenty of parkour and free running videos. After that I started researching for ways to train myself, but relied a lot on experimentation on my own with different "moves" and the most efficient way to get over an obstacle. I enjoyed the rush I got from it, so i kept going further and further into it.
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Post by: jojogo5 on April 15, 2014, 12:55:16 PM
my friend was doing it so i tried it and it was awesome 
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Post by: SpectreSabre on April 23, 2014, 04:46:12 PM
Parkour has always been interesting to me, ever since Assassins Creed. In more recent years, some of my friends have been hittin' the gym and lifting more than I weigh, and I felt left out. So, being skinny, and not able to lift anything, I took to YouTube and looked up some tutorials (mainly LaFlairParkour and RonnieStreetStunts) Within a week I could already do 3 vaults and the safety roll. This has become a continuous workout routine for me, and has kept me wanting to leave my room and outside regardless of weather.
Now all of my lifting buddies think I have more guts than them.  :D
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Post by: Caleb McDonald on April 30, 2014, 01:41:23 PM
My friends mostly parkour games too thought I could do something with my life instead of just sitting around.
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Post by: Satyamrami on May 05, 2014, 09:22:24 AM
I was playing Assassin's Creed II. The game touched me with the music, story, and the amazing characters. I started to get into climbing because of the game, so I searched it up, and I read a article about Parkour. I was so interested in adapting to nature and being just like a badass assassin, so I pickup up climbing, parkour, a bit of freerunning, stealth, and I'm planning on learning self defense soon! 
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Post by: Muhammad on May 10, 2014, 06:48:20 PM
For me, it was seeing this video.. that was all it took. I had to learn it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxv8SS1XU_8
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Post by: Zak Infinite on May 11, 2014, 11:59:50 AM
For me, it was seeing this video.. that was all it took. I had to learn it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxv8SS1XU_8

OMG thats the same video that got me into it!
there was 2 versions of the video, one with that music and another with different music but the other one seems to have gone :(
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Post by: JwHarvey on May 22, 2014, 05:38:38 AM
To be honest. Assassin's Creed.
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Post by: TheTraceur on June 05, 2014, 05:59:30 PM
I saw people doing parkour and it looked pretty bad ass, so I met some people through my friends and now I train regularly with them.
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Post by: Hidden Mist Traceur on June 16, 2014, 07:54:32 AM
hello i just registered today. so im new here. what made me start doing parkour was mirror's edge. that game was just...amazing. the way faith parkours to escape the blues. another game was assassin's  creed..i thought what i would do if i can parkour so i practice and trained. now i see my world in a whole other perspective. there are no longer wall and dead end. but now pathways. do this count as runner's vision  :)
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Post by: Ronnie Thompson on June 16, 2014, 08:02:15 PM
Why yes, yes it does.  ;)
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Post by: Zak Infinite on June 18, 2014, 01:33:34 PM
I like how half the community was introduced to parkour by assassins creex and mirrors edge, we need more games like those :P
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Post by: Dausen Kokas on July 25, 2014, 06:37:20 AM
My friend taught me the word parkour after seeing me do a couple flips. I looked it up and found something I really enjoy. Now I train as often as possible with my 3 closest friends. And I teach them, while I learn. We have been hoping to go big after highschool.
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Post by: goodwan on July 31, 2014, 01:42:40 AM
I started about a year ago...I was bored and being in boarding school isn't so stress free.Then,I came upon a video by Jesse Le Flair and boy was I excited.Learnt a few passments,vaults and tricks.All of a sudden my school wasn't so boring and small for me.Of course,like all of the tracers out there every structure,building or even an everyday sidewalk seemed a lot more interesting.Especially when I'm wearing my sport shoes.
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Post by: NinjaViolinist587 on August 01, 2014, 09:59:12 PM
Jessie la flair, kyle "epic" mendoza, and the "urban ninjaz parkour" video
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Post by: C.Bourque on August 06, 2014, 06:46:57 PM
Like a lot of others, I wanted to see if any of the Assassins Creed parkour was possible and, as it turned out, most and more was. I was so blown away that people could do that I tried for myself, learning first how to wallrun from Jesse La Flair and Ronnie Shalvis then I learned to roll and the rest was extremely enjoyable training, vaulting, flipping, and climbing.
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Post by: Whitefang6159 on August 10, 2014, 06:01:15 PM
Really i have been doing parkour since i was little like jumping off of the stairs and landing with a roll and stuff like that but one day my friend was talking about parkour so i went home and looked up parkour and it looked really cool so i looked up basic parkour things like wallrunning and vaults and i been doing it ever since
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Post by: wrookie on August 22, 2014, 11:42:42 AM
I suppose you could say I have had the desire and potential to climb ever since childhood. Although, at that time, I had a major case of the very common Acrophobia. I climbed all over everything when I was just a toddler, but i was afraid of falling. Then once i got my first video game console and spent most of my life in front of a T.V screen. Of course, there would be every now and again when I would go outside to hang out with people, but this became more and more rare the more games I got. Up until the age of fourteen, i never really tried again at climbing. But by this time, my Acrophobia was long gone. I had embraced my fair-share of falls and fails and knew how to recover quite effectively. And then, my console broke down. That's when I stepped outside and started making friends. Lots of friends. I don't know how, but I really have no enemies. I made so many friends, I couldn't keep count. I started being more active and finally realized my potential in fluent vaulting and started practicing at it. Every day I practiced vaulting. whether it be a fence or a short wall, i'd find something to vault over. I would vault over and back until my body ached. I also found that i'm really good a mantling. This too I would practice at. My friends started noticing the things I could do and labeled me "Spider-Monkey". And then one day, i was on my computer and found that "Parkour" was a thing. A really big thing. I watched videos of free running and became inspired by this anonymous sport to go further and push myself to my true potential since I have been blessed with the very slim form I have. The next thing i started practicing was High falls and rolls. I would leap from eight foot ledges and practicing my timing and form. I also practice evasive rolls as well. The next big thing i worked on were wall pops. I can now scale an eight foot wall with no problem as long as my shoes aren't wet. The one thing I still haven't mastered is a climb up from a ledge cat pose. So for the wall pops, I rely on momentum. I'm a big parkour enthusiast and would like to meet some more people out there like me.
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Post by: C.Bourque on August 22, 2014, 06:15:02 PM
That's a pretty respectable story bro. Pretty much the same for me except my console didn't break down xP I played too much AC and was having what I thought was too much fun wallrunning.
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Post by: ericaynerd on September 07, 2014, 04:27:16 AM
I found out about it through an italian penpal of mine. And he showed me a video of it and i decided that i wanted to do it.
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Post by: Obstracized on September 12, 2014, 08:32:44 AM
Pretty much from the famous video, "Assassin's Creed in Real Life", starring Ronnie Shalvis. I was inspired by Parkour for some time ever since I've first watched that video, but I didn't learn or attempt any Parkour movements and tricks until earlier this year, in January.

However, I gave up mid-way because I was of a rather large-sized person, or fat, for short, and not being able to clear normal obstacles a person of average strength and size would be able to do, and thus, decided to lay off of Parkour till I lose those weight.

Now, around August, I decided to come back into Parkour again, starting with the Basic Roll. Although my weight changes were minimal, but, since now I have the time, I can dedicate myself to Parkour and exercises (Cardio, Bodyweight, etc) entirely.
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Post by: SebastianCannon on September 12, 2014, 01:21:29 PM
Hey Obstractized.
You should check out the Gorilla Traceurs on this forum. Might help you a bit, and also welcome to the wonderful world of parkouring.
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Post by: Zany on September 27, 2014, 11:58:32 PM
Well I mean I always had a massive pool of energy and always liked moving in an environment in a maniacal manner, then I learned it was really a thing other people did, even grown men.

That and I really like to be in the air.
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Post by: JustSomeGuy on October 12, 2014, 09:42:40 AM
Well, one day my cousin came to me and showed me a kong, I thought I was really cool so I just ran and did it first try, my cousin and I got inspired by a really good parkourist/free runner named Jessie La Flair, my cousin and I go to the city everyday and train, we can do a lot of things, people always watch us and are pretty amazed, we still have a lot to learn, but one day we are going to go to Tempest Free Running Academy down in LA and learn more, but our main goal is to just have fun, and hopefully soon get sponsored.
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Post by: SebastianCannon on October 12, 2014, 11:22:57 AM
ParkouristsTraceur is the word your looking for. parkourists is not a word.

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Post by: BlackrainParkour on October 13, 2014, 09:44:24 AM
I started training after I was being pressured into starting a sport by my family. I didn't want to practice football, or baseball, or anything, so I looked up fun sports on google. I found out that there was a parkour gym in my area, and I went to try it. long story short, I fell in love. Ive been training there and everywhere ever since.
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Post by: Rakeon on October 31, 2014, 09:08:38 AM
Hey I'm new but I love to freerun and parkore but I got interduce to them by my uncle And I have been doing it ever sense I was 4 And now It's f#cking awsome. :) :) :)
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Post by: Alvendam on October 31, 2014, 10:22:12 AM
I should probably write here too. I was introduced to parkour as a small kid, probably fourth grade, by a friend of mine. He is now my training partner. We and few other friends, who now don't or very rarely do parkour, were horizontal wall-running a turned to the side ping-pong table. At that age I did the great "no hand" vault, which is jumping, getting absolutely parallel to the obstacle and then getting to normal position. All this without touching the obstacle at all. After a while I lost interest in parkour, to regain it last year's summer.
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Post by: SebastianCannon on October 31, 2014, 02:28:18 PM
At that age I did the great "no hand" vault, which is jumping, getting absolutely parallel to the obstacle and the getting to normal position.
thats awesome
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Post by: Lifeofparkour69 on October 31, 2014, 04:08:43 PM
I always loved climbing and this is just a cooler, better felling way to channel my energy...
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Post by: Alvendam on November 01, 2014, 12:25:04 AM
thats awesome
It was accidental, though. I was going for a two-hand and you bet everyting, how surprised I was not to be on the ground after it. I haven't done it second time and I'm pretty sure it's impossible. :D
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Post by: Luke Edwards on November 06, 2014, 01:58:03 PM
I saw some friends doing it so I decided too look at tutorials and teach myself how. Thanks to all the great tutorials out there I'm hooked.
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Post by: Micah Marchand on November 06, 2014, 03:43:53 PM
I started about 3 to 4 month ago when I just needed something new to do... I had no friends to train with so I trained (and train) with myself... its hard but fun... When doing parkour I feel so free and alive... parkour is my drug!  :D
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Post by: Free-republic Parkour on November 07, 2014, 09:49:02 AM
ive always been the small skinny kid and i felt like i was always sittiing on the sidelines and there was no purpose for me because all i could do was merely climb a tree or climb on top of a house so i always held back all my potential and kept myself bottled up inside my head.in school i was quiet and never got involved with anything,just stood there looking like i was a skinny stiff frail nobody,and just thought to myself all day and all night,"who am i "? one night i finally got out of bed went outside in the middle of a storm and just stood there staring at the water thinking to myself  ,"i wish i could be the water". I went back inside and got on my computer searching for something i didnt even know existed because all i knew was that there was something missing in my life.I searched up how to become like the water and it showed a bunch of things like yin yang and tai chi  but i just kept scrolling down the screen and my eyes stopped on a word i didnt even know about but it stood out to me and i just looked at feeling like a part of my life was complete,like the missing link was found i clicked the link and it showed a video of some people doing tricks and just becoming one with them selves and everything around them.i went into my garage and set up and old obstacle course of my friends who died years ago.he was always training but i didnt  even bother to care.i started to train and the moves and tricks came naturally to me although i had never done on in my life.i felt alive and complete like i could fly,i felt like...the water. To this day i train and train so that is my story hopefully it gave u the strenght to keep going and find your purpouse too.
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Post by: Jan-Su on November 07, 2014, 03:14:21 PM
I don't think I've posted here yet, and it seems that everyone/mostly everyone else has, so I might was well join.

Somewhere during the Spring 2014 semester, one of our regulars in the weight room I go to just happened to bring up parkour in one of our conversations. We struck up a little small talk about it, but nothing too long or in depth, then we just carried on with the rest of our day.

It wasn't until sometime in mid July 2014 that something came over me about it. I was bored at home with nothing to do. I couldn't go to my school's weight room as we had no one to watch it for the latter two-thirds of the summer, and I don't have a membership to another gym. I was about to go into another boring, ineffective, incomplete, just-at-home, body-weight workout when I suddenly remembered our conversation in school when someone mentioned parkour. And I guess the rest, as they say, was history.

Now I've seen tiny bits and pieces of parkour-related videos over the past decade or so from various media outlets, and while I always thought they were entertaining, I never gave them much of another thought than just that. I always used to just think I would never be able to do anything close to those anyway, and there were much more important things in life to worry about than parkour.

But I think I reached a point in my life where not as many things are as chaotic, and so, that would've allowed me a little extra time to explore other venues than I otherwise would have. I know now I just wouldn't have had the time to even think of parkour half a decade or so ago. There were just still too many things going on for me back then anyway that required my attention more.

P.S. Slightly unrelated, but whatever. In May 2014, I also got interested in the Earthbound video game series, or Mother series as it's known in Japan. Many of the main protagonists in this series are able to use psychic abilities called psionics (PSI), or psychokinesis (PK). And in the summer, when I realized "PK" is also often used as an abbreviation for "Parkour", that may have also reminded me of the discipline.

If you haven't played/watched the Earthbound/Mother series yet, I highly suggest it. It can be surprisingly dark and mature, but is also very heartwarming.

P.P.S. "PK Fire!" "PK Freeze!" "PK Flash!" "PK Thunder!" "PK Starstorm!!!" (XD Sorry everyone, I couldn't resist.)
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Post by: C.Bourque on November 08, 2014, 07:33:48 PM
PK Wallrun! (Icouldn'tresist, what if you could use the psycho-kinetic powers to make yourself have extreme parkour abilities.. like control the wind to make you jump farther or run faster..)
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Post by: Jan-Su on November 09, 2014, 07:39:48 AM
PK Wallrun! (Icouldn'tresist, what if you could use the psycho-kinetic powers to make yourself have extreme parkour abilities.. like control the wind to make you jump farther or run faster..)

Oh, I wish, man. I wish.
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Post by: KendamaDude on January 02, 2015, 09:42:00 AM
I was introduced by my cousin who showed me a pk video called ultimate tag. I was always interested in pk after that. I started classes at a parkour academy called Bay Area Movement when my friend started taking classes.
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Post by: Projectile on January 12, 2015, 03:54:37 PM
For about a year and a half, I was a Street Dancer specializing in Animation. I always found the most joy in learning and accomplishing a new move. But after a while, the library of moves to learn was slowing dwindling. So, of course with me being me, I instantly started looking for another thing to add to my list of hobbies.

Then I saw Parkour. The movements. So many movements. It looked so diverse, so fun. I already had a major head start with my dancing, so conditioning was not a problem. So I jumped in. Boy, was I glad. It always stuck with me to go with the unusual, seeing as how I perform parkour and Street Dance in a town of just over 600. I started out by my self because of that (well, that hasn't really changed). It is a challenge, but that's what I love about Freerunning.
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Post by: Woo on February 26, 2015, 09:53:32 PM
I always had an affinity to jumping around and doing stunts. My mother said I climbed out of the crib all the time when I was a baby. I taught myself to webster frontflip in the grass, just out of pure happiness I guess, one day. A friend in middle school thought I did parkour because I can Webster, when I told him I did not know what it was, he showed me a video. I was hooked ever since. This was probably 6th or 7th grade that I started calling my movements parkour/free running.
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Post by: GAPK on March 05, 2015, 06:39:24 AM
 [WTF] I love doing and also started doing it a while ago but my parents are being sketchy about me going to an academy for it what do i do?\ ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
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Post by: ii44shot on March 08, 2015, 09:25:24 AM
How did I get into Apk
Umh well I seen movies that had Parkour . I could do Free runnin witch i love , Untill i seen Parkour
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Wyatt D on March 12, 2015, 11:42:38 AM
i had just moved out of my mothers house and into a slightly bigger town with my dad so i took what i had, a handful of friends and went to the fair grounds and we started running around and playing tag in a sheep barn jumping fences then we "upgraded" to an abandon pork plant it took a little more skill but me and 2 others were up for the challange and then they all went to skateboarding because it was more practical but i could never catch on so i moved and now im looking for like minded indiviuals in the watertown sd area
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: colemicr on March 24, 2015, 06:31:56 AM
I started out wanting to do something cool really. I got into tutorials to learn vaults and started from their. I know almost all the mainstream vaults already and i'm working on learning flips. I don't really have a safe place to train for flips but i'm getting there. Any tips? Thanks. ;D :P ??? :P :P :P :P :P
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Skylar.Layne on April 06, 2015, 11:54:24 AM
Well, back in the day, I was this fat kid that only played video games. Assassin's Creed, Mirrors Edge, and junk like that. Then, not too long ago,  I saw Eric Wolff. My brain was like "Hey, Kidd, Isn't this something that you'd like to do? Like, maybe for a living?"
And so now I am here, learning as much as I can, because it seems that I have fallen for the Flow.
So, dreams, basically. I want to be the best. And though the impossibility of this is almost a certainty, (Especially considering my late start) I can't help but try. Parkour is, forgive the cliche, an art that speaks to me on a wavelength that I cannot ignore.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: parkourkid2015 on April 08, 2015, 06:36:52 AM
I am 15 and I was inspired to do parkour because I always saw myself doing parkour but I didn't know it was parkour until my brother showed me a parkour video and i realized it was what i had always wanted to do.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Adrian13 Pk on April 17, 2015, 07:40:41 AM
I recently started parkour Like a Month ago I like it was got me started was
I love to run and Do Parkour So I Moastly Do Free Running But I've Ben Trying to Do flips And there So hard to Do But I won't ever give up Trying after all I'm only 13 And I Still have much to learn
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: parkourkid2015 on April 17, 2015, 08:24:37 AM
that is good and i havnt even started doing them and im 15 so good luck.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: lildrummerninja on April 17, 2015, 11:30:25 AM
I had heard about Parkour years ago from a friend who used to do it and had a background in martial arts. He got injured a lot though.
Anyways, about a month or two ago I was looking for some V-sit tutorials, found a Tapp brothers tutorial, and found Parkour. I just fell in love with it, especially the philosophy behind it.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Wxiba on April 27, 2015, 08:47:13 PM
Yeah, not gonna lie, I mostly got into because of comics. That was what got me started, but what kept me going with it was really just the adrenaline and how awesome it felt. And maybe a little bit still because of comics. Me and one of my friends have Friday "Vigilante Training Night" where we just get together, practice parkour, and spar with different bamboo weapons. It's fun. If you see someone running around in a Robin outfit, it is definitely not me. Nope, not me.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: C.Bourque on May 17, 2015, 08:23:27 PM
Hah! Dude that is so cool.

Hmm.. If I do see a guy running around dressed like Robin, I'll have to ask you-I mean not you-if I can join.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: DanielCarlson1222 on May 29, 2015, 11:35:40 AM
I started actual training about 6 months ago. A little over 4 years ago my friend told me how he went to a place called Urban Evolution. He told me how he did parkour, and was taking 15 foot drops and stuff. Naturally I wanted to try it because we were only 8 years old at the time.  So I took an intro on my 9th birthday.  And then I completely forgot about it. At the begining of this year I switched schools. I basically lost all all my friends. I had only ever had 2 and now we were at seperate schools and they were doing sports. I had never liked team sports so I looked around on the internet and found out about parkour. I was watching a couple videos when I realized that I had done this before! I told my mom and she took me to Urban Evolution and I was hooked. Parkour became my escape from everything. Nobody talked to me at school because I was the new kid, to I just read books in class and parkoured at recces. not for attention, like some people, just cause I had nothing else to do. Parkour became a talking point for me and I soon got my old friend who first told me about it into doing it too. Hes not commited, and just does it as a passtime, but its nice to have someone to train with. In a way parkour changed my life. Well, sorry for writing so much. I know I was just supposed to write how I got into, not what it did for me. Oops.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: noobienoob222 on June 08, 2015, 10:21:43 PM
I has some friends at school who did it. They were into martial arts, anime, parkour, etc. I heard them talk about it and saw other people doing it. I thought it looked fun. I like martial arts, etc. and I found some parkour compilations online and decided I wanted to actually do this because that makes me like a real life video game character.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: LoneWolfPkFr on June 21, 2015, 04:32:12 PM
I'm still kinda starting but what got me interested is videos from the internet. I saw some people doing it and I thought that if I could do that then I might not be as depressed as I had a depression problem. But right when I actually started I knew that it would help. Even though I'm not very good yet  :) If anybody has any tips about getting better and pretty much begginer stuff then I would love to hear them! I'm going to the Chicago colossal jam to get some training from pros.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: ryan.kelley63 on July 16, 2015, 05:02:48 PM
 Hey guys/girls ummm i guess i just never really had anyway of expressing myself, so when i started just doing the basics of parkour i just felt like i was free and nothing could stop me. I am still a beginner but i'm looking for someone to practice with me and teach me..... so let me know if anyone is interested.  :P ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Squingelz on July 26, 2015, 01:22:21 AM
i just kind of started one day but arrow made me want to do more then it turned out my friend had the same interest and now we are actively trying to become pro
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: DNy39 on July 28, 2015, 06:34:02 AM
I started doing because I watched Tracer, America Ninja Warrior, and a couple of David Belle's videos: and immediately thought: Heck yeah, I can finally be a freakin' ninja!!
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: hudsonsquirrel11 on August 04, 2015, 06:24:33 PM
I have always liked jumping and climbing around basically wherever I go. I just now really started conditioning for and learning parkour because I wanted to take it to the next level I guess.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: andyrocks_a on August 30, 2015, 02:16:32 PM
I watched the movie Tracers, and I immediately knew, I needed to get into parkour.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Rogue Siren on October 06, 2015, 11:33:25 AM
I took gymnastics during most of my childhood and up through high school. Skill-wise I never really got past level 5 or 6. Gymnastics was always fun, but I was stuck in a gym on mats. I'm a super artistic, creative type and very into costuming. I'm a real life mermaid, swim in a tail and everything. I've been wanting to get my strength back, get back into shape. And my future Black Widow and Spider Gwen cosplays are extreme motivators for me. I don't want to just look pretty, I want to have the strength and skill to back it up. Also: Zombie Apocalypse. Lol

I teach gymnastics as well and one of my girls has an Avengers routine my mother and I choreographed. When I was little my brother and friend had a Spider Man routine. Its about time I really trained this. :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: alexdec2 on October 06, 2015, 03:12:59 PM
Watching extreme parkour video like this one: https://youtu.be/pE12V-yDf90
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: SebastianCannon on October 06, 2015, 03:20:10 PM
lol, bad idea :P
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Sauce The Boss on October 09, 2015, 06:23:25 AM
Some random kid showed me the parkour roll awhile ago, I became obsessed.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: ParkourForLife17 on November 04, 2015, 08:24:47 AM
While watching YouTube i frequently came across parkour videos and always wanted to do crazy flips and kongs and what not, luckily there were some guys at my school a couple grades up that were pros at parkour, so i asked if i could train with them and they said they would show me the ways, so i started training with them and that's how i got to were i am today, doing front flips off stumps and konging picnic tables :)
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: TechnoAthens on February 06, 2016, 07:03:50 PM
I got motivated to start doing parkour when a couple years ago, I was doing the side vaults over fences without even knowing it was a side vault and a kid asked if I knew parkour. I then learned the word parkour and I searched up the word parkour and I went through video by video watching the different vaults, but the match that lit the fuse for my inspiration was the double kong. From that time then, I had been training parkour and slowly moving into tricking and I am teaching one grasshopper about parkour.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: nestingdoll on February 23, 2016, 12:01:28 AM
Oddly enough I just answered this question in the "Why are you doing this" thread.  Maybe it should get moved here.

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Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Stryder393 on March 10, 2016, 11:26:55 AM
I had a friend that did parkour and freerunning, he asked me if I knew what it was and I said no. So he showed me some videos and taught me some really basic vaults and now 5 months later, I've been training hard, going to parkour gyms and enjoying life  :D
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: TheChaser on March 10, 2016, 12:37:02 PM
I'm older than most (currently 45), and wouldn't say that I'm 100% Traceur, but I progressed into Parkour after playing Tag and wanted to challenge myself, & others that I played with, by increasing the complexity of the environment that we played in. I still play Tag, but I also like to use Parkour to train.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Sharpshooterxl on March 11, 2016, 10:58:55 PM
Ever since I was like 5 I loved to run, jump, climb around everything. Then when I was about 12 I found a name for it, Parkour. I live in a really small town with no gym or anything or many good training areas so for years I just watched videos on YouTube. First video I had ever seen was Damien Walters 2010 showreel and I was completely hooked from their. Utterly fascinated, but too afraid to gonout and do it. I always thought wow, I wish I could do that. Just 2 years ago (15) I started actually going out and training, however I could Now I'm just trying to find people others around me who share in this beautiful sport
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Mara Edmund on March 21, 2016, 07:39:31 PM

It's just exciting Djerba :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Sam Patteson on March 23, 2016, 07:01:18 AM
I start parkour/freerunning about 6 years ago, when my friend showed me a video online of people jumping off of buildings. I though it was so cool I started looking up videos online and saved up for a trampoline. Once I got my trampoline I was able to practice more complicated flips and tricks that I now have on grass.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Move_Forte18 on March 23, 2016, 08:17:20 PM
(Copied from my training journal entry)

I think I kinda owe it to my older brother (we'll call him T). Back in 2011, when I was 14, T got his hands on this cool-looking game (you're gonna cringe) called Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Yeah, I liked the game a lot. But the part that I liked the MOST about it was the cool ninja stuff in the game they called "free-running". I always thought it was cool to see them jump gaps and run up the walls. I think T showed me some videos of people doing the same thing the assassins were doing, and it was called "parkour". I was absolutely floored that it was a real thing and so many people actually practiced it, and I searched for a parkour gym right away. There was one nearby in Livonia, called Freedom Freerunning Academy (closed down, but re-opened as Phoenix Freerunning Academy), and it held classes and open gyms and such. I went there for my 15th birthday on August 26, 2012 (super significant date to me) for a beginner's class, and it was extra cringey now that I look back on it. Even though I was a beginner, I was so awful. I had no balance for pre's, I literally SMACKED into a wall on a wall run attempt, and I was wearing Converse and regular jeans. But I had a lot of fun, and I practiced on my own for a while. I've been involved in the community, made a ton of amazing memories and friends, and been on a path towards self-improvement ever since.

TL;DR: Older brother introduced me to AC: Brotherhood/showed me vids of freerunners, took a beginner class on my 15th bday, been practicing since then and have made a ton of friends and good experiences along the way.
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: Brin Nelson on April 21, 2016, 08:45:15 AM
I started midway through 2012, sometime in July or August. My uncle had gotten me into it. But I had already seen a video of people doing parkour. I had originally asked him if he knew what parkour was, and he told me that he started practicing it. So I asked him if he could take me under his wing and teach me as he progresses as wel. I find parkour an extention of the physical nature of humans, coming from walking on all fours, then evolving to Homo Erectus, which is the predecessor to both Homo Neanderthal and Homo Sapien. Being where we are now, I think that we have made that additional evolution to going up and down, left and right, all over the place. Parkour has honestly given me the ability to do what the majority of the population of the world can't. I can make a fight or flight evaluation if I need to, as well as being able to scare the shit out of people with all of the things I can do with parkour XD
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: deepvoicesexy62 on June 20, 2016, 12:01:37 AM
me and ma home-boi started parkouring becuz we liked the movement and  the seriousness. we like to film our zick trickz. so if you guys would like to see 1 of our zick vidz, then here you have our youtube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaNCz407mlM

have fun watching bois.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: madsen01 on July 04, 2016, 10:37:37 PM
For me it is very simple. I love the flow and how the body moves when I do parkour:-) It is amazing! I makes me feel like I'm a kid again!
Title: Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
Post by: FreeAsABirdFreeruning on May 03, 2018, 02:53:13 PM
What made me start doing parkour? well i was 8 and my dad was on youtube and was looking for activities for me to do and he saw this thing called parkour he called me over and said "hey look at this its called parkour you should try it" now a couple of years later i started doing it in a parkour gym near my house and i was hooked from then  :) :) :)
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