Hey I'm from the USA and I know that while many people enjoy watching parkour and freerunning over here on the internet not many people know how to get into it. I've been trying to get some guys into it but as you may know many have little interest in actually doing it. So I was just wondering if anyone on sharenator participates in this and if they do could you give me some tips on it? I wouldn't ask if there wasn't so little interest in it over here and aside from that those who do want to live to far away for us to actually go out and do stuff without it being a day trip or something. Like I said any tips would be helpful.

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    EDIT: This comment, plus a bit more, is now a post:

    Man, you're in almost the same situation as me. But I do happen to have THE best training method for you: Stand at Point A, pick a point in the distance (preferably with some interesting landscape and structures in the way), and make that Point B. Do whatever it takes to get from Point A to Point B. Until you get really good, always train using the same Point A and the same Point B that you originally picked.

    Go slowly at first. Always be safe. At first it'll be more like climbing and scrambling over stuff than actual parkour, but as time goes on, little by little your transitions get smoother, your movements get more fluid, and you get better at crossing obstacles efficiently, until eventually, possibly without even realizing it, you're doing parkour like the pro you now are.

    NOTE: Forget about any sets of moves you've seen on Youtube. Real parkour never involves any sorts of moves with names, but instead consists of whatever sort of motion it takes to conquer the obstacle that is front of you right now. Such motion is unique to the individual performing it, and cannot be constrained to any set of moves.

    ALSO NOTE: A true traceur (parkour practitioner) never attempts anything unless he's 100% sure he can do it successfully. If you have to wonder, even for an instant, whether you're capable of doing some trick or making some jump, you're not ready to try it yet - especially considering the kinds of painful or deadly injuries that can often result if you fail. But don't worry; whatever it is, if it's physically possible, you'll be able to do it soon enough.

    All of this is the best advice I've ever been given. I hope you get this, and I hope it helps.

    Actually, come to think of it, maybe I should make this comment into a post...

    thanks that actually really helped me out. and yeah youu should make it into a post
    - 24paperwings December 28, 2010, 4:41 pm
    No problem, and I will. :D

    EDIT: I also added a little bit more to it in the post, fyi.
    - luminosity December 29, 2010, 12:02 am
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    Move in direction of urban obstacle. Increase speed. Ghetto hop that shit, possibly "bustin some sweet kicks" on the way over. Land on Face.
    Congratulations, you are now a parkourdude.

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    I don't participate but one bit of motivation for you can be, don't stop keep running in one direction working your way over everything.

    • gemie89
    • October 27, 2010, 10:17 am
    good luck on your new interesting sport
    - gemie89 October 27, 2010, 10:18 am
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    buy a skateboard.

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