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A new hobby? Parkour August 16, 2006 8:52 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Exercise, Health, Of Interest
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Me thinks I have to try Parkour aka PK.

Parkour (often abbreviated PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in one’s environment, so parkour is often practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures, such as buildings, rails, and walls. [Source]

See also: A much longer description of Parkour. Wikipedia also has a detailed explanation.

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1. GoldenAppleCorp - August 16, 2006

I saw a few videos of people practicing this a few years ago. Those guys (believe it or not) were better than the first fellow in this video. However, it seemed their routes were much more staged, or practiced.
If I can remember where I saw them, I’ll try to dig ’em up.

2. djuggler - August 16, 2006

I’d like to see the outtakes from the video. The video makes you think he ran it with ease and no mistakes. What’s the reality? I also wonder if these guys don’t have some acrobatic, gymnastic, or circus training in their backgrounds.

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