“'The earth is our playground, whether I’m at home, in a parking lot in Beirut, among the ruins of Jbeil, or in the valleys of the Bekaa. Our discipline is not defined by location – it’s everywhere, it’s a way of life,” explains Zgheib, 23, a graduate of the University of Balamand with a degree in Physical Education."
Parkour has been growing in Lebanon for several years and now boasts about 40 members. The Daily star in Lebanon recently talked to them about Parkour and found out a little more about their group.
Joe Zgheib, a founder of Lebonese Parkour has been moving for year. He has a degree in Physical Education and practiced Kung Fu.
“Our motto is ‘nothing blocks our way,’” he explained, “At first, we had a bad rep ... people referred to us as monkeys, and said we were crazy – telling us we would hurt ourselves. Seeing us in action was a shock to them.”
It's not just about the physical activity. It's also about the discipline and stress release.
It’s a great sport to get away from it all,” says Mohammad Rida, 23, who started practicing seven months ago, “you can go anywhere when you are stressed and angry and feel free.”
Classes are held every week inside so newcomers can practice in a safe environment.
He says "Safety is a priority, it is important to develop technique in the gym before we practice outside. The body needs time to acclimatize to the impact,” "I encourage students not to practice alone. If they want to practice outside then I organize a session ... I take them when they are ready, we know the body has limits.”
While the team does do paid shows they also perform at charities.
Zgheib said"...we want to continue working with charities in the future – with our art we can get a lot of attention and really help,”
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