Amazing, Nearly-Continuous Parkour/Freerunning Montage [video]

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Parkour / Freerunning is an activity I really admire and I was reminded of it when I was emailed by Zachary Cohn, an Art of Ass-Kicking reader and vice chair of Parkour Visions. There are a lot of gymnastics and martial arts elements to Parkour / Freerunning and I can really appreciate how hard these things are. I’m a little sad that I’ll never really be able to participate because my bum knee wouldn’t be able to handle the landings, but it’s sure fun to watch.

This video is an awesome reminder of what’s possible with coaching, practice, courage and effort. None of these people were born knowing how to do flips off walls or jump off high surfaces with a twisting motion and just roll out of it. And you better believe they were pretty damn scared the first dozen times (or more) when they were trying it on their own. But they pushed through their fears, injuries and self-doubt to reach this high level of ability. And you can too.

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2 comments
darkswordsmith
darkswordsmith

I was very close to mastering the backflip before having a bad landing. I have yet to push through that scare...

Just kidding.

I believe that most physical feats only involve a small amount of overcoming fear, but a LOT of confidence and knowledge of your own body, given an appropriate progression.

StephRWong
StephRWong

Parkour never ceases to amaze the crap out of me! I really wish I could do a flip :( I took some classes a few years ago but I have a bad back so I had to stop due to injury. Shoulda started when I was little! :(

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