Next to climbing trees and playing games like “war” and “ninja” as a kid, I’ve been training this way again for 10 years now. I started when I was 30 years old working in cubicles and data centers pursuing a career in the IT Industry.
Playing outside, crawling and rolling on the ground, balancing on rails, jumping from ledge to ledge, vaulting over barriers and climbing up walls. It’s like I was born again!
I sought out the pioneers of Parkour as soon as I could. I’ve trained and taught with some of the strongest and smartest people in the world. I soaked up a lot of good information that I’ve been experimenting with for years now. One thing has definitely become clear, Parkour is different for everyone.
A typical training session could be to strategically plan a single move to repeat many times, to bounce around from challenge to challenge making sure to complete the objective successfully at least three times, to pick a beginning and end point within an environment and get from point A to point B as quickly and smoothly as possible, or you could just play with a bench.
It’s so different for everyone that the majority of the founders of the discipline don’t even identify with the word, Parkour. They say they train Art Du Deplacement because it means something more to them. When I asked one of the Yamakasi founders one day how to translate ADD for me, he said “It’s like Martial Arts for movement.”.
I’m extremely fortunate to have become friends with, taught and trained with all the original guys from Paris who still run ADD Academy. I also have the A.D.A.P.T. certification delivered by Parkour Generations who are based in London.
How you approach the movement is as important as the movement itself.