written by Jane Clapp of Urbanfitt
Last night, despite being totally exhausted and having to start work at 7am today and finish tonight at 8:30 while I should have been getting some beauty sleep for a big media interview tonight, I joined some awesome tough and fun peeps for my first parkour class at The Monkey Vault.
What is Parkour? I didn't know exactly until last night. This is taken from Wikipedia:
"In September 2009, American Parkour began a community effort to define parkour. They invited the entire community to post their personal definition of parkour. It was edited into the final version by a committee of American Parkour employees and people outside of American Parkour to ensure that it was truly a community effort. Their result:
Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment.
* Parkour requires... consistent, disciplined training with an emphasis on functional strength, physical conditioning, balance, creativity, fluidity, control, precision, spatial awareness, and looking beyond the traditional use of objects.
* Parkour movements typically include... running, jumping, vaulting, climbing, balancing, and quadrupedal movement. Movements from other physical disciplines are often incorporated, but acrobatics or tricking alone do not constitute parkour.
* Parkour training focuses on... safety, longevity, personal responsibility, and self-improvement. It discourages reckless behavior, showing off, and dangerous stunts.
* Parkour practitioners value... community, humility, positive collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and the importance of play in human life, while demonstrating respect for all people, places, and spaces.
—American Parkour Community Definition"
First of all just let me say, I'm a big believer in finding one's MOJO however possible. If you read the description of what Monkey Vault does, it's right up the MOJO mastering alley.
"This centre is a place for movement. Parkour, Art Du Deplacement, Freerunning, Street Acrobatics, whatever you want to call what you do, the base of each remains the same. Each requires discipline, each requires proper training. That's why this place exists. That's why the people inside it train so passionately. This place was created to inspire others to reach newer and higher levels, push people past their previous boundaries, and allow them to prove to themselves what they are made of. We all have monkeys inside us, but as we grow older this feeling, this passion for movement dies away. It shouldn`t. Come play with us, let us help you revive it."
I was freaked out as Amanda can attest to. I'm like "I don't want to break a limb. I have to be all good for tomorrow."
Last night I went to bed bruised, elated and a little tipsy after a glass of vino with the parkour mamas. We jumped, we flipped, we crawled down stairs face first and we did things we never thought we could. We LOVED it.
Here are some samples of what we did. Check it out!
We ran right into hard objects and jumped over them. This is me.
We threw our bodies through metal ladders feet first. Here's Amanda and Ali mastering this.
We scaled walls. Here's Randy, Amanda and Ali.
We finished with an obstacle course and climbed railings and jumped into a pile of foam. Here's me and Mandy doing it.
Here's a great picture of Randy mid air.
Then we ended the night with chuckles and snacks and all agree it was hard to sleep last night after all that good clean fun. Thanks Dan. You really showed us all a good time.
Yay for Parkour!