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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #300 on: August 21, 2011, 08:00:40 AM »
For me it started with my uncle always showing me videos of ppl jumping from roof to roof when i was little...but it wasnt until a few months ago when i started watching jump city seattle that i learned what it really was from there i looked up some videos on youtube and noticed that the ppl in the videos were doing a movement i already knew how to do the lazy vault and from there i wanted to learn more and more :)

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« Reply #301 on: August 22, 2011, 07:01:55 PM »
I really can't remember what made me discover PK/FR, because it was years ago. But I know I probably wouldn't have known if I didn't take gymnastics in fourth grade. It turned out that both of my coaches were traceurs, although I wouldn't have known it for a couple more years. My dad owned a cybercafe back then.  Eventually my gymnastics coaches came in to the store one day to check it out since they played games too, games like World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike, just stuff like that. We ended up talking to each other a lot whenever we were in the store. Some time in the future, probably fifth grade, one of the coaches showed me, my dad, and a couple others a parkour/freerunning video (maybe if I had paid more attention I could have picked up on that and became a pro YEARS ago). Anyway, that was the first time I'd ever seen anything that involves jumping on rooftops and flipping off them. Fast forward later in the year, I was hearing a lot from my friends about this game called Assassin's Creed in one period and how this guy would sneak around and stab people, apparently it was really fun. Somehow it appealed to me and I asked my parents if I could get it, but in the end I wasn't allowed to. Some time later during the holidays we planned on visiting my grandparents in another state. I guess I was going to bring my Xbox with me, and my dad figured out my gymnastics coach had a copy of Assassin's Creed since I had really been wanting to play it. So I borrowed it from him, and STILL in my time in Nevada I did not pick up on the "freerunning" aspect of the game. I even thought the game was boring and difficult and stopped a quarter of the way through. But for my next birthday I decided to get Assassin's Creed 2. A little while before this one of my classmates and his friend were just screwing around one day at school and were doing little two step vertical wallruns. A lot of other people, including me, tried to do it. I failed.When I played Assassin's Creed 2, I realized that, based off of those wall runs I had seen my classmate do, that this "freerunning" was actually possible. (It seems like quite a few people here come from an Assassin's Creed background). At the same time, one of my former gymnastics coaches came into my dad's cybercafe and talked about advertising for his parkour classes here. I joined the conversation and he explained what it involved. So by THEN I was very interested in how this all added up. I looked up freerunning, then eventually parkour, and etc. This started the chain of learning about its history, the idea, the moves, the tutorials, and eventually here. I wanted to go to this parkour class. But my parents were having financial issues and it was $15 for a class every Saturday. Yet I could have trained outside. By then I was probably 11 or 12.  I'm pretty sure I used the excuse of "I'm not cut out for this" or "I'm not crazy" or "I'm not fit enough." But a year ago my dad was watching the P90X infomercials on TV as he was overweight. He decided he was going to go for it. He lost 30 lbs (unfortunately he's still a tad bit over average weight). At the beginning of the school year of my new school I thought maybe I would try it, it seemed so effective, but I only got through the first few days with a lot of pausing and cheating. But by the time that school year was about to reach its end, I remembered how great it was for my muscles to be sore and the boost in energy. I remembered all the times I would go in my backyard and try to do a wall climb and just couldn't do it. I consider P90X my beginner conditioning for parkour and as I type this I'm on the last week of P90X. I now have no excuses for being out of shape as I always was skinny. As my parents came a little out of the financial issues, I was able to start taking the parkour classes the beginning of this summer as it's blazing hot outside of the gym. My dad made a deal with my former-gymnastics-coaches-now-parkour-coaches and now I'm able to go to class until next summer. Now that I think about it, there were so many scenarios it would have been impossible for me to have not discovered Parkour/Freerunning.

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #302 on: August 25, 2011, 12:48:17 PM »
I had left my band after dumping tons of money into it and I reconnected with my friends of 10 years. They had been parkouring for 2 years when I decided to give it a try. I went out on my first day and tried to do a wall up and couldn't because my weight at the time was 230 lbs. I hated parkour. But what I hated more was being so ungodly out of shape. I stuck with it and as I started progressing, I became addicted. And that is my story!

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #303 on: August 27, 2011, 02:51:04 PM »
What Made me Start Doing Parkour was Looking at Videos of it On YouTube. I Thought to myself this looks very cool and it looks like your just flying. I First Tried it by Going To a Local Park and Looking around to See What i Could Get Around. I Then Started Doing it and Getting the Hang Of It. Everyone At the Park Would Look at me And Think to their selves that's Amazing.

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #304 on: August 27, 2011, 05:03:33 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KSr1pozm6Y

I saw this video on youtube way back about five years ago. It has always been in the back of my mind and now I am acting on it. I wonder if this is the first video any of you guys saw...

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #305 on: August 27, 2011, 09:44:36 PM »
Great question! A few things got me started. I was vaguely aware of parkour for a few years, had seen it on tv, in the movies and on the internet. It started to itch at my brain in the fall of 2010 and around Christmas, I decided to have my mid-life crisis. In my mid-forties, I realized that if I wanted to do parkour, I had better start while I still could bend my knees and before I had back problems. Knowing that I wasn't quite fit enough to jump right in, I signed up for kickbox lessons! (something else I had been wanting to do but putting off) By the time I started taking classes in June 2011, I was a whole lot stronger and fitter. I got to class and was amazed at what I could already do once shown! Upper body strength stuff still needs work, but I was hooked after my first lesson/jam session! Great thing is, I'm not the only 40 something woman in my class, we've got a few!! :)
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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #306 on: August 29, 2011, 08:00:25 PM »
I knew about when I young but never got into it. A few years later when I got into better shape(wasn't a jellybean kid no more) I wasn't in any sports cause they all seem boring and I need a physical hobby that seemed fun. So I was reintroduced to parkour by my bud(who left to USAF after teaching me some basics) and since I always wanted to do it as a kid so I decided to go for it. Been practicing for a month now. Also I got alot of my inspiration from Assassin's Creed lol.

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #307 on: September 03, 2011, 04:33:49 PM »
Honestly hiphop dancing got me into parkour i started learning but when people started to be able to do what i do i got annoyed cause i was regular so i looked up how to do flips and it should me parkour videos and I WAS AMAZED!!! so im trying everything to find a group that can teach me and let me join

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #308 on: September 04, 2011, 03:59:16 AM »
Even though I started Parkour recently, I think I can still post in here  ;D Anyway, Ever since I was a little kid I have always wanted to join the Marine Corps. I wear Marine Corps shirts, I watch Marine Corps movies, I read A LOT of books about the Corps; I'm pretty sure I know more about the military 99% of the population. What I didn't know about the Corps was that there was an ADHD policy. I was diagnosed in 5th grade with ADHD and have been on medication since then. When I found out that there was an ADHD policy, my heart instantly sank. I read through the policy about a hundred times and It says that unless you have been off your medication for a minimum of 12 months, and been cleared by a military doctor that you can function like a normal human being without medication, you are disqualified from any military service in any branch. I felt like crying and I still do. I have been in contact for some time with the Rowing coach (I'm a rower) at my dream college, the United States Naval Academy (The Marine Corps is a department of the Navy so students go here to be either a Naval officer or Marine Corps officer.) and unfortunately, he informed me that this policy still stands. Then I stumbled upon Parkour about 3 months ago. After talking to the Crew coach at Navy, I thought to myself, Well, I may not be able to function without my medication but I can do Parkour. Parkour has no ADHD policy, no rules, there is nobody to say that you cant do this because you cant focus like a normal human being can. So I have been putting all of my time and effort into three things, Rowing, Triathlons, and my new sport Parkour.
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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #309 on: September 04, 2011, 06:18:08 AM »
kinda reminds me of the first "parkour video i'd seen" Its really not parkour, but tricking.
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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #310 on: September 04, 2011, 08:08:24 AM »
I knew about when I young but never got into it. A few years later when I got into better shape(wasn't a jellybean kid no more) I wasn't in any sports cause they all seem boring and I need a physical hobby that seemed fun. So I was reintroduced to parkour by my bud(who left to USAF after teaching me some basics) and since I always wanted to do it as a kid so I decided to go for it. Been practicing for a month now. Also I got alot of my inspiration from Assassin's Creed lol.

That's awesome that you found something. I like practicing parkour because it's not always a team sport, you don't have to depend on working together with 5+ people in order to win. I used to play football, but really, no matter how strong you are, or how fast you are, you can still get benched because, maybe the coach's son is on the team, and so are his two friends. With parkour, you can have all the fun you want without someone taking you out of the game.
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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #311 on: September 05, 2011, 01:35:47 AM »
Parkour is the best of both worlds.

You don't NEED a team to progress. Its all you!
But if you HAVE a team to work with and build off of it makes it so much better.

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« Reply #312 on: September 06, 2011, 03:39:59 PM »
I was actually inspired by the moves shown in the Prince of Persia series. I thought to myself: "These moves aren't humanly possible". While browsing around Prince of Persia fan videos, I found a video depicting the moves the actors from the POP movie had to perform, as taught by David Belle. And I instantly fell in love with Parkour.

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #313 on: September 14, 2011, 06:41:54 PM »
About 14, 15 years ago I was standing in line with a kid in kindergarten who had no fingers on his hands, but balls, or fists, for hands. We had a conversation and the end result is me wanting to be useful. I had no idea what Parkour was but over time as I grew up I knew I wanted to do something just like this, but couldn't seem to find it. It felt like chasing a ghost. Eventually I found some videos on youtube for free running, looked more into it, and found APK as a result. I've been interested in Parkour for about a year now. From APK I learned about LVPK and linked with the community in mid June this year. Now I plan to practice regularly while attending college.
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« Reply #314 on: September 14, 2011, 07:03:18 PM »
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So basically I started because it looked cool, I stayed because of the philosophy.

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #315 on: September 14, 2011, 07:23:21 PM »
I loved watching Ninja Warrior, but always thought of it as impossible. Then I stated watching videos of Skynative and Nosole and decided that I was gonna try. It was all downhill from there.....

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« Reply #316 on: September 24, 2011, 09:29:24 PM »
A few years ago my brother showed me a video of a bunch of clips of guys doing parkour. I was intrigued, and I wanted to do it, but I didn't know how nor did I have a place to practice. When I moved from Florida to North Carolina, I saw it as an opportunity to do something different. I was going from a private school to a public school and I was in a place where nobody knew me. And now I had numerous places to train. So I did. I taught myself the basics, modelling my movements off of what I had seen and heard. I started out with learning to do a wall-up, then a wall-run, and then the vaults. Now I'm about six months in and it has given me greater confidence, a better physical appearance, and better physical and mental performance.

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #317 on: October 03, 2011, 03:18:43 PM »
i saw it on Top Gear, thought that's crazy son. i want to try that. learned a roll and forgot about it. few months later my friend starts doing some stuff at cross country, im like, whats that? he says parkour, i start learning some basic vaults, then were training after school, meet somebody who also does parkour, make a group, start training together, become best friends, and now we train as much as possible. 

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Re: So We Wanna Know...What Made You Start Doing Parkour/Freerunning?
« Reply #318 on: October 11, 2011, 10:00:57 AM »
About a year ago, I suffered from an extreme lack of energy and focus, which lead to depression. I tried boxing and martial arts, but soon found that I hate violence unless it is fake, such as television and movies. I tried weightlifting, but still i felt like a husk. Then I saw Casino Royale with my younger brother, a big James Bond fan. The chase scene between Bond and the bombmaker really enthralled me, and so the next day, I gave parkour a try. I began to gain more energy as i practiced, and soon became proficient. Now, i live for the Flow and love the feeling i get when accomplishing a new technique. Parkour has quickly become my life and i enjoy every precious second i can run and vault. Long live the Flow

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« Reply #319 on: October 11, 2011, 07:52:06 PM »
Well, I have always done parkour, even though I did not know what it was called. I was called the crazy kid, or the monkey, all of my family have had this trait at some point in their lives. I was in gymnastics so I had a lot of the strength and ability already but I had no technique so I ended up getting hurt a lot while trying to practice.   but then my sister's friend was just doing a little bit of parkour with me, and I decided I wanted to learn how to do it properly. I looked up parkour, found this site, and watched all the tutorials that I could find. and now, I train almost every day.  :)