Friday, May 11, 2012

Parkour!!!

From Livie-Parkour
Livie's been enjoying a Parkour class at SD United Sports in Miramar for a few months now. She's taking it with many of our friends from our unschooling group. They have so much fun together and have a really great coach, Coach Dan. They enjoy jumping off the walls, climbing ropes, doing obstacle courses, flipping into the foam pit, jumping on trampolines and so much more. It's so fun to watch them do all their tricks and gives them a great outlet for trying some great Parkour moves (much safer than the couch at home!).


From Livie-Parkour
From Livie-Parkour
I think most everyone's probably heard of Parkour by now.

From wiki, "Parkour (French pronunciation: [paʁˈkuʁ]) (abbreviated PK) is a physical discipline which focuses on efficient movement around obstacles. Developed in France by David Belle, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing, and jumping. Parkour practitioners are known as "traceurs". Parkour's modern history began in the 1920s, though similar movements can be found in the Eastern martial arts ninjutsu and qing gong. Georges Hébert began teaching the fundamental movements related to parkour during this time period, and eventually the training became the standard for the French military. David and Raymond Belle would expand on Hébert's work, and David would eventually find the Yamakasi group, the first group dedicated to parkour. 

There's some great videos and some great movies about it out there. Just google it or look for it on YouTube.  The trailer for the movie,  District 13 has some great parkour moves in it. Also, there's some really fun spoofs out there about parkour.  The one from "The Office" is hilarious, and we really enjoy watching  "Ridiculousness with Rob Dyrdek", which shows a lot of Parkour fails.  One of our favorite lines from the show that we often say around the house is "Parkour Hurrrtsss", (said with a whine).


"Parkour! Parkour!"

 
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