Auburn Parkour is one of the most active college Parkour clubs in the United States. Cody Robinson is an APK sponsored athlete and the club has around 20 active members.
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"The local Auburn group, which was established as an official campus organization in late 2011, practices parkour discipline as well as learning techniques involving flips, spins and skills that go beyond your average free running."
Cody Robinson brought Parkour to Auburn in 2006 after seeing a video on youtube.
“It was something I’d wanted to do my whole life, but I didn't know the name of it or the discipline or precision of movements it took,” said Robinson.
“One night, I was walking on campus and saw them training, and it looked like a secret club or something,” said Chris Swicord, a Juior at Auburn.
“It’s important to know the basics,” said Robinson. “Wall runs, wall climbs, climb-ups, percision jumps.”
It's a very active club with members texting each other throughout the week to have small runs.
Many runs center around the Library Parking deck.
“You have to be strong, fast and let nothing get in your way,” said Robinson.
Most of parkour movements rely on obstacles and architecture.
“It’s about discovering different ways to move with different structures and opportunity for different movements,” said Robinson.
Here are some members' favorite things about Parkour.
“My favorite part of parkour is between keeping fit and looking at the same thing from a different way,” said Blankenship.
“The thing I most enjoy about parkour is probably seeing an obstacle that gives you a need to think a person couldn't possibly do this,” said Swicord. “Through training, you see you can. Then when you finally do something, months later, you see that it’s effortless and no big deal.”
They also stress safety.
“Primarily what we emphasize is safety and slow progression to minimize injury,” said Robinson. “Progressing slowly is very important and feeling comfortable is the main thing. It’s not an extreme sport.”
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