All Aboard: Parkour Training Has Arrived!
By Erika Sánchez-Perez
I am writing this article because I want to share with everyone my experience of getting into parkour. My goal is not only to give advice but also to inspire others who are interested in learning how to move freely through space and time. After all, it’s what makes us human.
As someone who loves nature and always wanted to learn more about it, I’ve been following the news of parkour for quite some time now. For those who don’t know, parkour is a martial art which involves moving quickly through spaces and obstacles using your body weight and agility. The best part is that you don’t need any special equipment or skills. You just have to focus on your own strength and skill and go at it like a professional athlete.
The first time I saw a video of someone doing parkour was when I was in elementary school. It wasn’t until later that I started to realize there were other people who practiced the same thing, even if they didn’t call themselves “parkour” enthusiasts anymore. Naturally, I wanted to join them.
The problem was that there weren’t any nearby groups at the time. I did my own research and looked everywhere for one, but I couldn’t find a group that taught the kind of parkour that I wanted to learn. Most of them were training centers or gyms which focused on training people how to do flips and tricks, rather than teaching them how to move around in different environments. While this is a valid way of training, it’s not what I wanted to learn.
I decided to practice by myself and see how far I could get. It was just like regular exercising, except I had to pay more attention to my surroundings while moving. Before long, I became so good at it that I even started winning races against people without any formal training. This encouraged me to keep practicing on my own.
A few years later when I was in high school, I found out that there was a parkour group that practiced near my house. I immediately went to meet them and see what they were all about. I was hoping to find a group of people like me who loved practicing the “pure” art of moving freely, but that wasn’t exactly the case.
Most of them took it as a sport rather than an art. They were mostly teenagers who liked doing tricks and flips for fun. While I didn’t dislike doing that from time to time, it wasn’t really my cup of tea on a regular basis.
Instead of practicing with them, I watched from the side as they practiced for fun. It was still nice to see people who appreciated the same thing I did, even if I didn’t really bond with most of them.
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