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Parkour Anyone?

Until today, I had never actually heard of “parkour”, but I read an article about it in the Hartford Courant and was somewhat intrigued.

http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-parkour0528.artmay28,0,7841606.story?coll=hc-headlines-custom2

Apparently, it’s taking the environment around you (especially an urban one) and turning it into your own little obstacle course of barriers to scale and chasms to leap across. Personally, it just sounds kind of fun and a nice change of pace from the gym grind.

Anyone ever try this before?

Kuz

It’s great for tiny teens, but once you get past 25 or weigh over 200 lbs, you’ll begin to notice chinks in the armor.

You wouldn’t believe how weak you are until you try jumping on to, and then climbing over a wall.

It’s fun as hell, but if you try it, your body will not like you.

[quote]Kuz wrote:

…Anyone ever try this before?

Kuz[/quote]

i’ve done some of that sure. only we call it “running away”… anyway this has been posted a bunch but i don’t get tired of it:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=515642196227308929

have fun learning these moves !

[quote]swivel wrote:
Kuz wrote:

…Anyone ever try this before?

Kuz

i’ve done some of that sure. only we call it “running away”… anyway this has been posted a bunch but i don’t get tired of it:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=515642196227308929

have fun learning these moves ![/quote]

LMAO That’s f-ing nuts. I was thinking more about it from the approach of something more simple, not quite the jumping off buildings and through railings (as cool as that is).

The third night me and my friends were out doing this shit I wound up with 13 stiches and an immobilizer on my knee.

:slight_smile:

jackie chan has been doing this stuff for years huh ? in fact alot of older stuntman stuff is exactly this…

there’s a scene in my favorite movie, high plains drifter, which is the classic cowboy gets shot and falls from the church bell tower(like 50 ft up) slides down the super steep pitch roof and off, hits the gable and rolls off, hits the porch roof and rolls off and finally crumples to the ground (optional landings: horse, stagecoach, or water trough).

the scene on hpd is a single shot, viewed uninterupted from across the street. i always rewind it a few times cause it looks so damn cool…great way to get off the roof and definitely “parkour” i’d say.