I have a couple friends who do Parkour in the old city. I myself can't do much but I'm always impressed to see my friends flip their way around every obstacle. It's very demanding and, apparently, liberating. ^^
Anybody familiar with Parkour? Some call it free running. Some call it urban gymnastics. It's where people run throughout urbanized areas, performing uncanny feats of agility and long jumping, as well as running up walls and all that. A little too gangsta, you know? :)
I tell you, this is like some Daredevil/Nightwing-type sh!t... If you've seen the begin of Casino Royale, you'd know about the Black guy running and jumping through the construction site with amazing agility. I didn't think anyone could move like that. His name is Sebastian Foucan...
Check out these videos... They are amazing. Wish I could do this, but with karate class, social life, work, and college, there isn't much time (or space) to learn... LOL....
Couple of my friends do this on campus. I've given it a shot and I must say I'm not that bad. Seems like it's getting pretty popular. It's been in movies (Casino Royale and Die Hard as mentioned, also B13), the youtube vids of it just don't stop and it's even appeared in comics recently.
"surprised noone's mentioned Jack Hawksmoor in the "Run" storyline...if thats not Parkour i don't know what is lolM"
I was looking through his gallery the other day and saw several images of him leaping from buildings/cables/rooftops, but that was like Superhuman Parkour.
I'm so adding this to my powers
lol, in the "run" storyline he was basically using Parkour without superhuman powers, aside from the occasional "Door"...
it appeared as a single issue back in the 2nd run of The Authority and it's at the end of the Authority TPB with the renegade Doctor... can't remember the name of the TPB though, it's the green one lol
brilliant issue, possibly the best Hawksmoor issue i've ever read
"If we're thinking of the same thing it's from the Wildstorm Summer Special. I put it on his bio under "Notable Issues". I think maybe I'll post it in this thread. Gimme a few minutes."
it's the one where he's talking about running from all the ghosts of the people he failed to save while he runs around various world city skylines
I wanna learn this sh!t so bad!!!! Every time I see something interesting, I wanna learn it... That's why I'm into martial arts and the nunchaku now. LOL. Oh and there's this chick in Spider-Man named Screwball that uses Parkour. With that alone, she managed to keep Spider-Man, who has superhuman agility, at bay.... Pretty impressive...
But, as for this, I think my friend Will can do it. He can do back flips and all that. He's been teaching me how to, but it hard when your doing it on grass........Anyway I think I can do it. I remeber when I was little I use to do crap like that all the time. But, it was in the forest.
I first found out about Parkour a few year ago and it would be amazing to learn, and also very dangerous...lots of people get very hurt trying big jumps. Besides the danger, its freakin' awesome...NYC is the best place to try parkour.
Static Shock says:
"BatmanBeyond says:"NYC is the best place to try parkour."
Perhaps. Or any other large urban city like it..."
Or some of the older European cities where the buildings are all on top of one another.
"...'Cause I live about 20 kilometers outside the nearest town (but it ain't very large anyway) but I live just outside a forest. :)/CG"
Well, Parkour was developed mainly for urban areas. So, I don't know how a forest would work. I live in Georgia, 30 miles from Atlanta. So, I don't think commuting just for Parkour is a good idea. Gas prices. LOL.
"Static, noooo Warner Robins is a big town. And I dont really reside ther even though I am always in warner Robins. I live more in Perry"
OK, never mind. LOL. I know some people from there. That's why I asked.
You would have to be physocally and mentally disciplined on a very high level to try some of the shit these guys are doing. I would love to learn this, unlucky for me I live in a rather small town, but maybe thats the best place to start.
thanks for bumping this, I missed it the first time round :D
I tried stuff like this when I was a kid, doesn't really fit my town tho :(
I am so posting this on my FB page, and showing a few other friends as well, I show everyone the Casino Royal scene, lol
Static Shock says:"BatmanBeyond says:"NYC is the best place to try parkour."
Perhaps. Or any other large urban city like it..."
Can a forest work as well? xP
If your still on, re-watch the first vidoe, there are some forest shots in there :)
I've tried it and I could do it...but...I got tired of it...I'd rather just do tai chi in my house...XD LOL...You need to have really calloused hands in order to keep from ripping your skin into shreds of hand...and you have to have really lightweight, and comfortable shoes, or you'll be in pain most of the time...
Parkour is an awesome concept in general, and ridiculously fun, even if you're not very good at it. There was a pretty awesome special on MTV last year in which a bunch of the world's top Parkour guys competed for fun: http://www.mtv.com/videos/ultimate-parkour-challenge/1625120/playlist.jhtml
I wish I could embed the video, but I recommend it to everyone who comes into this thread. It has some great commentary on Parkour itself, and the production values are obviously much higher than most YouTube videos.
In addition, here are a couple videos from 2 of the top guys on the planet, Daniel Ilabaca, and Tim Shieff (current World Freerunning Champion). Tim Shieff has ridiculous upper-body strength, and some of the things he does just using his arms are quite spectacular.