« on: March 26, 2011, 07:54:31 AM »
This week I have spent lots of time walking around the downtown Seattle and Bellevue areas. For those who don't know, the whole place is one big parkour hotspot. HOWEVER, most of the things will never exactly be "in your way".
Instead of making a detour from point A to point B just to go over obstacles, I tried only doing things when I needed to, or if it decreased my travel time. Rarely did I ever actually do anything. There was only really an occasional lazy vault or safety vault. You would be surprised how often you don't hit the obstacle staight on, making the lazy vault extremely versatile. When I DID hit an obstacle straight on, it was usually a high rail on a slight ledge, or another type of awkward obstacle. For this situation, the safety vault is my favorite way to go. Sure, you could learn to do kongs at neck height, but most of us can't do that...or at least I can't. The safety vault is by far the most versatile way to clear obstacles, big and tall, short and wide.
Other moves I saw to be useful but never actually used were the wall run and the climb up...especially if you can do the wall run at an angle. I never ran into a wall that would require this, but it would certainly be useful.
So, IN MY OPINION, those are the most useful and primary "moves" that you should train.