Parkour Keeps Growing

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Parkour Keeps Growing

  1. 1. ==== ====Do you want to learn how to do Parkour? Visithttp://tinyurl.com/learnparkour==== ====I looked up "Parkour" on dictionary.com and got results for parker, parky, perkier, and porker, butnot for parkour! Spell check suggests park our, parker, and parlor, but doesnt have parkour. Ieven looked it up in Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary, the eleventh and latest edition, but itwasnt there, either. It does exist though, and its popularity is growing.So what is it? Its a form of exercise that involves body movement and avoiding obstacles in onespath by jumping, vaulting, or climbing over them. Its origin is French, but in recent years, hasbecome popular in the United States. The founder of Parkour, David Belle, describes it as "usingphysical agility and quick thinking to get out of difficult situations, and to be able to go anywherethat one desires."The word parkour is derived from the French word parcours, which means course. Belleapparently thought of the idea by watching French soldiers navigate their military obstacle course,or in French, "parcours du combatant." A participant in parkour is known as a traceur.Now you might think that people who hurdle over obstacles to get from place to place areconsidered acrobatic. But, to the true traceur who practices parkour, they are adamant thatacrobatics plays no part in parkour. You see, parkour is useful; its purpose is to move from onepoint to another in the most efficient way. If acrobatics were involved, it would slow down theprocess, making the traceur move in less than the most efficient manner.Important to parkour is its mental aspect. Because of its physical nature, there is risk involved andovercoming fear of injury is part of the learning process. Early training involves concentrating onfitness, general agility, and control of movements. Elements of parkour that put your body underextreme stresses should not be attempted until the age of 15 or 16, as the body is still developing.It is best to train outdoors so not to develop poor techniques. Learning with others experienced inparkour is best, but training using videos that show people who have a variety of skills and abilitiesis helpful as well.If youre like me and think that jogging for exercise is boring, perhaps parkour is for you. It suresounds a lot more fun. You are certain to hear more about parkour as it has been featured inseveral commercials, music videos, movies, television programs, and even in video games.The author was in the insurance and medical industries for 20 years, the last 16 with the samemedical practice. Now she is working at home writing and building her business; and enjoyingmore time with her children. She combines her love for animals, writing, and the internet bycreating a website on dog adoption - http://www.adopt-the-right-dog.com
  2. 2. Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sandi_Faist==== ====Do you want to learn how to do Parkour? Visithttp://tinyurl.com/learnparkour==== ====

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