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Parkour can start at a tender age

Previously we’ve shown you ‘grown-ups’ enjoying this sport, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t start earlier, witness these youngsters learning the moves:

Extreme Free Running Parkour Stunts from TrampolineNinja100 on Vimeo.

…and why not?

According to A.M.Trahum: “I’m 14 right now, for us because we’re not as matured through puberty like a lot of the older traceurs, we don’t have as developed muscle. This makes now a good time to start. If you start training as you’re growing you will become stronger, and you will have more experience as you grow old as you have started earlier. Correct me if i’m wrong, just my opinion…”

Parkour, or ‘the art of displacement’, is a non-competitive natural method to train the human body to be able to move forward quickly, making use of the environment that’s around us at any given time. It’s an athletic discipline which combines all the natural skills of the human body including running, jumping, climbing, and somersaulting.

The average age across America for people doing Parkour is 17. However, this by no means restricts the sport to the youth of today. David Belle, a founder of the sport, was, after all, born in 1973 which puts him fairly significantly over 17! And he’s still doing it…. spectacularly I might add!

The sport tends to attract people between the age of 12 and 40, but welcomes anyone willing to learn. There’s no ultimate goal, no set paths, no difficulty level… ultimately it is what you are capable of or how far and how hard you want to push your own personal limits. If you go to a ‘meet’ you will be encouraged to perform up to your skills, if you want to learn new ones then there are many people who will be happy to encourage you.

The other day I was talking about landboarding and how it is necessary to always be courteous and then you will receive courtesy in return. It is the same with Parkour. If you are running, jumping, turning circles off other people’s properties it is quite possible that they will get highly p***** off. However, if, instead of running away, you stay and apologise or even, if you get the chance, explain what the sport is all about and that at no time does it include destruction of property, more and more people will understand it and tolerate it.

It’s up to you…

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