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#1 Posted by Gloom (3653 posts) - - Show Bio

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. ^^

#2 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

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....

#3 Posted by The Enigma (1882 posts) - - Show Bio

AWESOME

#4 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder what it would take to learn this, and how long it would take as well. I don't know anyone who knows how to do this.

#5 Posted by Chameleone (8710 posts) - - Show Bio

In "Casino Royale" The bomb maker Bond is chasing is one of the founders of Parkour

They are also the French mercenaries in the movie "Live Free or Die Hard"
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#6 Posted by Chameleone (8710 posts) - - Show Bio

but Static already said that lol

#7 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

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#8 Posted by The_MVPs (84693 posts) - - Show Bio

Gambit's used Parkour for awhile now.

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#9 Posted by The_MVPs (84693 posts) - - Show Bio

Methos says:

"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

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#10 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#11 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

surprised noone's mentioned Jack Hawksmoor in the "Run" storyline...

if thats not Parkour i don't know what is lol

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#12 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

Buckshot says:

"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

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#13 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

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#14 Posted by The_Absolute (892 posts) - - Show Bio

It looks as though it's more mental agility as it is physical. I think there are dancers and street ballers with more physical agility; but Parkour seems to require tons more focus and mental acrobatics.

#15 Posted by Ketch (327 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm really getting pissed off by whatever it is that screws up the forums when I'm on as Buckshot for any length of time.

#16 Posted by xXxRated_R_SuperstarxXx (476 posts) - - Show Bio

That was $#@!ing badass.

#17 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

thanks Ketch, that was the one i was thinking of :D

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#18 Posted by Walkingstone (10723 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow and wow, Hawksmoor is amazing. I love watching vids of people doing this, it's scary but incredible

#19 Posted by xXxRated_R_SuperstarxXx (476 posts) - - Show Bio

The doors just add to the coolness.

#20 Posted by Akira Overdrive (10077 posts) - - Show Bio

My little brother is a beast at this sh!t...Ill see if he has any videos...He can do Nightwing type stuff...since he was like 13..

#21 Posted by Elixir95 (388 posts) - - Show Bio

During Witson, me and my two friends are going to do parkour. Monica Dawson performs parkour in "Truth & Concequences", epidode ten of Heroes season two.

#22 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

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...

#23 Posted by Chameleone (8710 posts) - - Show Bio

Apparently there is a difference between Parkour and Free Running. Parkour is a disciplining more serious state of mind while free running is more liberating than anything

#24 Posted by Chameleone (8710 posts) - - Show Bio

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#25 Posted by Shaper (5168 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe she actually does have powers, like luck powers.

#26 Posted by Shaper (5168 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#27 Posted by BatmanBeyond (202 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#28 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

BatmanBeyond says:

"NYC is the best place to try parkour."

Perhaps. Or any other large urban city like it...

#29 Posted by The_MVPs (84693 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

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#30 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

TheCleverGuy says:

"Can a forest work as well? xP/CG"

I don't know about that...

#31 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

TheCleverGuy says:

"...'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.

#32 Posted by King Saturn (224186 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn. This sh!t is tight as hell !!!

#33 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

King Saturn says:

"Damn. This sh!t is tight as hell !!!"

Damn right! LOL. Man, if I ever learn this, I'm gonna dress up in a ninja gi, and Parkour all over Atlanta.

#34 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

I forgot you stayed in Warner Robins. Do you know a guy named Derek Winn?

#35 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

Kiara_Sullivan says:

"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.

#36 Posted by The_MVPs (84693 posts) - - Show Bio

BatgirlBabs says:

"*LOVES PARKOUR!*"

Psssst check my powers ;P

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#37 Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

LOVES PARKOUR!

#38 Posted by Apparition (11349 posts) - - Show Bio

i saw it in a few movies like b13 and die hard, but jackie chan was always doing the same thing in his movies and even old comic books have street level heroes doing similar things.

#39 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

Apparition says:

"jackie chan was always doing the same thing in his movies and even old comic books have street level heroes doing similar things."

True

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#40 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

Apparition says:

"i saw it in a few movies like b13 and die hard, but jackie chan was always doing the same thing in his movies and even old comic books have street level heroes doing similar things."

Couldn't agree more.

#41 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

I had to BUMP this.

#42 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd love to be able to do parkour, but alas, I feel that I am too big...

#43 Posted by Kayak (1308 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#44 Posted by Donovan Montgomery (5443 posts) - - Show Bio
@Static Shock:
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
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#45 Posted by Donovan Montgomery (5443 posts) - - Show Bio
@TheCleverGuy said:
"

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

/CG

"

If your still on, re-watch the first vidoe, there are some forest shots in there :) 
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#46 Posted by Zaterra (1140 posts) - - Show Bio

Must take hours of practice

#47 Posted by Do I have to give a name? (971 posts) - - Show Bio

I've got a friend who does this. I went to one of their training sessions once. I ended up with pains in places I didn't even know I had.

#48 Posted by Ms. Thang (277 posts) - - Show Bio

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...
#49 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to learn this, but I never have the time.

#50 Edited by Korg (11931 posts) - - Show Bio

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.