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Gorramshiny

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How to explain Parkour...
« on: August 23, 2010, 08:56:35 PM »
This has probably been posted elsewhere, but I can't seem to find the thread. If someone knows where to find an existing discussion, please link to it.

I (like many, it seems) have had a lot of trouble explaining Parkour to people in a way that's reasonably quick and easy to understand. There's the obvious "Have you seen Casino Royale?" or "Have you seen [x movie or show]?" but I haven't found a way without referencing something someone may or may not have seen that isn't confusing (I've found the "art of moving from A to B as quickly as possible" explanation to confuse people quite often). Has anyone come up with a way that works?

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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 09:11:18 PM »
Fluidic obstacle (physical/mental) avoidance and overcoming?

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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 09:17:37 PM »
i just say its a basic movement of getting from point a to b as fast and efficient as possible only using the human body

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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 09:35:34 PM »
i just say its a basic movement of getting from point a to b as fast and efficient as possible only using the human body

The trick of the phrase being the "human body" portion. I think that's what I was missing. I feel really silly now.

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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 10:00:38 PM »
I say it's the discipline of training the body and mind the mind by training to get over obstacles using just the body. We did put together a definition that was community driven ... of course a definition is not always the best explanation ...
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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2010, 08:39:31 AM »
over coming obstacles everywhere and anywhere :D

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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010, 08:41:37 AM »
Overcoming all obstacles, physical and mental.
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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010, 09:30:15 PM »
Agh I hate having to explain Parkour cause it seems so simple to me but so complicated to other people
And i'm getting tired of the usual "Have you seen Casino Royale?" method hahahah

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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010, 10:52:42 PM »
Agh I hate having to explain Parkour cause it seems so simple to me but so complicated to other people
And i'm getting tired of the usual "Have you seen Casino Royale?" method hahahah


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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 11:26:31 PM »
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My self Lilly Michelle i am new tot his forum and i have no idea about this parkour and tell me the what are the rules are behind this game.
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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2010, 06:11:53 AM »
Hi
My self Lilly Michelle i am new tot his forum and i have no idea about this parkour and tell me the what are the rules are behind this game.
First rule, there are no rules, you set your own path ;)
Just make sure you remember to condition, strength and endurance are incredibly important in parkour.
You must be dedicated and educated, watch tutorials from APK and 3run. Don't just watch them once, watch them until you learn the movement, then go outside and try it safely.
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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2010, 06:12:51 AM »
First rule, there are no rules, you set your own path ;)
Just make sure you remember to condition, strength and endurance are incredibly important in parkour.
You must be dedicated and educated, watch tutorials from APK and 3run. Don't just watch them once, watch them until you learn the movement, then go outside and try it safely.
Know your limits, but always push them.
Also, it's not exactly a game per say.
But it can turn out to be one epic game of tag with two or more people!
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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2010, 01:57:35 PM »
An easy one that I use.

It is a method of mental and physical training that emphasizes on efficiency of natural movement.
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Re: How to explain Parkour...
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2010, 02:50:16 PM »
The core of Parkour is the idea of using movement as a tool to help you get past all the obstacles you face.

Explaining Parkour is all about finding out which parts (of the definition) they don't understand and helping them to understand.

There are lots of things that they may need help understanding. The common ones are movement itself, the concept of training/improving, what we physically do, and how we approach it mentally.

If they don't understand what movement is, then the best way to explain it is usually something like "Moving from point A to point B as efficiently and effectively as possible".
If they don't understand what you mean by helping you get past obstacles then you can explain it well using such ideas as "Helping you get past the obstacles you face in life" and "Helping you get stronger in many different ways".
If they don't understand what this involves physically then the simplest way to begin to explain it is to say "We try and move past the obstacles in our environment".
If they don't understand the mental approach, the best way to explain it to most people is by using ideas like "We have to try and think positively at all times" and "There is always a way forwards" and "We keep believing that we can continue making progress".

As a general rule I find it best not to try and refer to anything the person is already familiar with. At the moment, if something is famous enough for someone who isn't a practitioner to know about then it's almost certainly a bad example. People find it easier to understand something new than to change their existing understanding of something they think they know about already.

The only way you're going to be able to explain Parkour well is if you have a comprehensive and detailed understanding of it yourself. That way you can change how you explain it to suit the person you're explaining it to. If you simply repeat the same phrases all the time then every person you explain it to is going to understand it how you understand it, instead of how they need to understand it.
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