Saturday, July 22, 2006

Parkour

I saw B13 a little while ago. It is the parkour movie, and stars the "inventor" of parkour, David Belle.

Parkour is the sport of free-running and according to Belle:
"the spirit of parkour is guided in part by the notions of "escape" and "reach", that is, the idea of using physical agility and quick thinking to get out of difficult situations, and to be able to go anywhere that one desires."
As if one is trying to outrun chasers in an obstacle filled environment. The name comes from parcours de combattant, and evolved from the obstacle course training of French soldiers.

Needless to say B13 is filled with crazy impressive chase scenes through French ghettos and mostly plays like a muric video (though the storyline is like something from a Steven Segal stinker).

I've always had something for the idea of escape. That is captured in many sports I like, like football and biking. And it is glamorized in movies like "Smokey and the Bandit", "Catch me if you Can" and "the Fugitive", so I'm not the only one.

Real Parkour is just way to hard for any schmoe to try, but if you want to give it a shot there is a whole series on parkour instruction on WikiHow:

How to get started in Parkour
How to run up and over a wall
How to run up a wall and flip

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