posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 12:25 PM
Hey all, thank you for the amazingly awesome feedback so far. I have to say i agree with most everything posted, but want to clarify slightly as well.
I also have to say its great to be able to come online to discuss a topic like this. I'd never get this discuss in my 'normal' circles, what an
awesome community here! Ok so down to business.
First, yes i was thinking more along the lines of a military event or coup, police/authoritarian involvement, or even invasion of some sort. It would
even apply if a fire, earthquake, or other local natural disaster was occurring. Parkour if not trained properly can be dangerous yes, so i am not
advocating to just go out and immediately attempt dangerous moves.
On a basic level, understanding parkour - and subsequently human movement, limitations, anatomy, and navigation is not a bad thing, even if youre not
physically doing it. Parkour, again even if not running, can teach you how to avoid injury during a fall and while traversing different terrain.
I think some people are mistaking what parkour actually is, its not just kids doing backflips off walls. On a fundamental level it is how to most
efficiently and effectively negotiate obstacles, in light of your own body, physical limitations, and what's ahead. Most nowadays incoporate flips
and dangerous building jumping into routines to be cool and get on TV or youtube. But it really doesnt have to be that, its actually about how to
traverse point A to B easily and quickly.
I do understand the sentiment of 'well yeah its great...if i were younger'. However, youre never to old to understand how to scale a wall, to
quickly negotiate the wilderness (even if not running), map out your future route, and know your limitations.
While I've given these concessions, I still stand by my belief that at the bare basics, all you have is your body, tools and materials can be lost.
In some scenarios if you cant always hide, and if everyone needs to get away who are the first ones who are dead? You cant hide from an earthquake
bringing down buildings. Why not beat out the mob (if physically able) by having a great skillset such as this? In terms of burning calories,
sweating, and expending energy, yes these are a consequence. But these things canmbe taken care of if you need to run to survive. And finally in terms
of injury, a properly trained parkour runner is no more likely to hurt him/herself than anyone else, because a properly trained parkour runner doesnt
jump from buildings or do backflips off of walls.