Parkour is a sport I discovered about a year and a half ago through SportsIllustrated.com. Immediately, I was intrigued and excited by it. Many have never heard of it though. It is defined as "an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body". Here are examples of some simple parkour "tricks"...
Parkour itself gets much more advance than the tricks shown above. Some advanced athletes of the sport are able to scale up a building by jumping off wall after wall. To me, you almost have to be insane to perform some of these amazing and electrifying feats.
YouTube is, in part, responsible for the sport's transfer over the Atlantic to the good ol' US of A. The site is littered with videos of both amateurs and professionals doing tricks that may seem impossible to many, including me at times. My favorite video was the very first I watched and also the one that got me hooked. (Disclaimer: I am neither responsible nor do I condone trying to do the tricks shown in this blog or in the videos linked through this blog.)
Parkour can even be made into a game in many different forms. One of the most enjoyable to watch is tag between only two people who are "free running", another term for doing parkour.
However, I cannot say enough of how dangerous this new extreme sport is. Some videos will really open your eyes to how painful and extreme parkour truly is.
Some of you will ask what the point of this blog is. There really isn't a point other than to show FanNation another cool new sport that some may or may not have heard of. It is very popular in France and is slowly growing in America. Obviously, it is more common in the cities than anywhere else. If you find it interesting and want to try it on a smaller scale, a couple websites, such as AmericanParkour.com, feature tutorial videos.
So have a nice day while I leave you with one lasting image...