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Nebraska / Coming to Omaha!
« on: June 06, 2008, 10:52:04 AM »
It sounds like I'll be coming to visit Omaha around 4th of July. Who would up for some training at Gen Leahy Mall?

(Just for a little background, I lived in Omaha until the summer before 7th (8 years ago) I moved to Cincinnati. I'm heading back to Omaha to see friends etc, and I thought it'd be fun to meet up with some of the parkour community in Omaha.)

Pics & Vids / Parkour in America: Early Arrivals
« on: June 05, 2008, 02:42:33 PM »
The first Parkour in America short, "Early Arrivals" is now posted on the Parkour Horizons YouTube channel. We will be periodically posting Parkour in America shorts over the next few months. They will consist of footage from the 2008 Parkour Generations Expo, our training and volunteer work here in Columbus, as well as our travels to jams over the summer.

Parkour in America: Early Arrivals

This was put together from some footage early on Wednesday afternoon of the 2008 Parkour Generations Expo that we held here in Columbus a couple weeks ago. Keep an eye out for footage from our trip to Hocking Hills State Park with Parkour Generations in coming shorts...

Parkour Horizons

In the Media / Parkour Generations Expo in the Columbus Dispatch
« on: May 27, 2008, 10:51:05 AM »
The Parkour Generations Expo got some coverage by The Columbus Dispatch.

This article ran on the front page of the Metro section, and that picture of Kazuma was front and center on the page. We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from the story from people in the Columbus community that would like to learn more about parkour.

News Item on

Dispatch Article

Pics & Vids / Parkour Generations Exposition
« on: May 22, 2008, 08:06:44 PM »
Here are some of the pics I took today (Thursday, the first day of the event). If anyone else wants to post pictures they got, please feel free!

Parkour Generations Exposition: Day 1

(If you have facebook and want to tag these, please do.  :P)

(That's Kazuma at Hocking Hills.)


Jeffy Mai of The Lantern (Ohio State's campus paper)

Sometimes, the thrill of the chase is nothing compared to the experience gained at the end of a long journey.

Parkour, the refinement of one's body movements from one point to another, is a training discipline focused on overcoming obstacles. While it is commonly miscategorized as a sport, the activity more closely resembles yoga or martial arts as a means of training to better oneself.

"It's just a way to test myself," said Nick Kelly, a sophomore in English. "The end goal of my training is to become as strong as I can in every way possible."

One of the main purposes of parkour is to move as efficiently and swiftly as possible through the environment. Practitioners, or traceurs, master their bodies by fluidly traversing across any barriers they meet. Through lots of practice, traceurs learn to improve their mobility and agility and adapt to their surroundings.

"It's a sense of self-awareness that 'yeah, it doesn't matter what the obstacle is, you can overcome it,'" said Joseph Torchia, a sophomore in political science.

Torchia is just one of several traceurs at Ohio State. Initially attraced to the discipline after watching some videos on YouTube, he has now been practicing parkour for two years. Torchia and others spend five or six days a week training.

"I think a lot of people want instant gratification," said Brad Duncan, a freshman in engineering. "Parkour is a very long process that you have to be dedicated to."

Besides the physical hurdles parkour aims at overcoming, it deals with mental obstacles as well. Torchia says the discipline helps develop the mind by changing the way one looks at everyday challenges. It increases self-confidence and critical-thinking skills are sharpened. Torchia said it has helped him in school and life, and given him a better understanding of things.

"You practice overcoming physical obstacles," Torchia said. "Internally and mentally that mirrors exactly overcoming obstacles in life. For a lot of people, it lends them a sense of self-worth because it espouses values of hard work, humility and altruism. They look at it as a life lesson."

While this art of displacement has been slow in making its way overseas, it is slowly gaining a following here in America. Popularized in the 1980s in France, parkour is being noticed more and more in today's culture. Yet despite recent publicity in films and on TV, there still remain many misconceptions about the art.

"It's a discipline," Torchia said. "It's not about going out and just jumping on stuff. It's about lots of training, a lot of hard work."

The common thought that parkour is an extreme sport is far from the truth. Traceurs say the art is noncompetitive by nature and experienced practitioners sometimes train as many as 20 years before being able to efficiently perform the advanced movements. Those who see the death-defying leaps off buildings or jumps across rooftops might assume it is about being flashy, but in reality it is all about practicality. When faced with a dangerous situation, parkour can train traceurs for flight and allow them to effectively flee from their pursuers.

"There's a sense of personal awareness of your body and what you can do," said Ryan Everett, a freshmen in biochemistry.

The goals and benefits that come with practicing parkour differ for every individual, as each has his or her own reasons for training in the discipline. Whether it is to strengthen the mind, body or spirit, the activity offers an opportunity to live outside the box. For Torchia and countless others, all the hard work has been worthwhile.

"You're a stronger person... mentally. The internal developments are a huge reward," he said.

« on: April 13, 2008, 09:23:04 PM »
"On the weekend of May 24th and 25th a six-strong team from Parkour Generations will be running open training days in Columbus, Ohio in the United States. In conjunction with the Ohio State University parkour community, managed by Parkour Horizons, these training sessions will be free to attend and are open to any and all who want to learn. Once again Julie Angel will be present to capture the proceedings. Kazuma, Forrest, Stephane, Dan and Johann will also be there for some linked events on the 22nd and 23rd of May, before the training days commence, and it promises to be a momentous few days which we are very much looking forward to. More news to follow soon." -ParkourGenerations

Ohio / Open Invite from Parkour Horizons (PKHZ)
« on: March 09, 2008, 12:29:07 PM »
Three days a week Parkour Horizons offers free-to-attend training sessions to anyone interested in practicing parkour or l'art du d├ęplacement. By attending our training sessions you will experience the benefits of parkour without any pre-commitments. Our sessions are free and open to everyone; whether you're an experienced practitioner who has taken up parkour as a life-long discipline, a novice just starting out, or just curious and would like to see what parkour is all about. You are free to attend as many or as few training sessions as you like (or are able). As each session can stand alone on it's own merits, you wont be required to possess a practiced skill-set. Parkour Horizons, as an affiliate of Parkour Generations, seeks to replicate and pass on the philosophy and the methodology of the founders of the discipline. So then, just what is a Parkour Horizons training session like? Visit our website to read more.

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