Becoming Parkour In Twenty Twelve
It was a grand idea: let’s learn parkour. A year ago we started our journey to learn parkour and now it is New Year’s Day; a time for looking back on the last 365 days. What did introducing parkour into our lives accomplish?
Blogging: An unexpected side effect of learning parkour, and a positive one! Blogging has improved our photography skills, non-technical writing abilities, and understanding of web technologies. Blogging has also exposed us to many new topics via other interesting bloggers.
A New View: This has come threefold. One – We gained parkour vision which lets us really see our environment. Two – Relearning to play has occasionally left us on the ‘wrong’ side of building security. We are now not as quick to judge people acting outside of social norms. Three – Watching an action movie is very different after practicing parkour: we constantly judge the stunts.
Skills: With surprising little practice, once difficult kong, dash, kash, and wall spins have become enjoyable activities. When we practice other parkour moves we know that these will also come to be second nature in time.
Injuries: Very few. Practice and repetition leads to performing moves safely. Injuries occur when pushing too far beyond your skills. The worst we’ve received over the last year: a bloody toe, banged hips, and a sprained shoulder. Not bad for 30 hours of outdoor practice.
Good People: The Calgary parkour community is filled with positive people. We always enjoy meetings with other traceurs.
We’ve learned a lot in the past year, and next year will bring new learnings. Finding time to practice is always our biggest challenge; with Tim leaving for Ghana in August things will be even busier. It should be an interesting 2013!