Sunday, May 20, 2007

Parkour

TJ just showed me this, though I'd loosely heard of it before and grew up practicing a form of it in the woods around my cabin. Hell, TJ and I were doing it on lava rocks up a Hawaiian riverbed this afternoon. I really want to train my girls in this most practical artform. What amazing body movement and relation to setting. I'm impressed. Seems like a good way for urban youth to work out aggression in a positive way. Wish I was twelve again.

from wikipedia
(Le) Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) or l'art du d├ęplacement[1] (English: the art of movement) is a physical art of French origin, the aim of which is to move from point A to point B as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body.[2] It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment — from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls — so parkour can be practiced in both rural and urban areas. Male parkour practitioners are recognized as traceurs and female as traceuses.[3]

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