View Full Version : Free Running/Parkour
05-03-2007, 08:35 AM
Just curious, does anybody in the tribe participate in any "free-running" or Parkour type activities. I'm a former cross country runner and after recently seeing some of these guys do their thing I was pretty impressed at how they integrate whole-body movement (flips, rolls, etc) into a fluid running paradigm.
I've seen the video where coach Sonnon jumps into the pavilion and bounces all over the picnic tables and was absolutely inspired! Total freedom of movement, aligned with total body mastery is an paramount goal of mine. I'm just curious if anybody here has utilized their Rmax training towards this end.
Thanks for your time.
05-03-2007, 09:10 AM
Have you done a Forum search on 'parkour' or 'free running'? There were a few threads a while back, and there's an article in the RMAX Magazine archives.
05-03-2007, 09:15 AM
05-03-2007, 09:52 AM
i'm sure lots of us are into freerunning.
i think urbanfreeflow.com has a review of coach sonnon's body flow.
gymnasty.net/training has some basic vids of the basic moves.
05-03-2007, 09:53 AM
05-03-2007, 11:33 AM
I'm totally into bodyflow and it would seem like a pretty organic connection to incorporate one's ability to move fluidly into a running paradigm where all obstacles encountered are addressed accordingly (i.e not just jumping off of curbs and avoiding traffic). I find running to get quite boring and would love to try incorporating obstacle management into a run. I'm sure some Rmaxers are way ahead of me on this one...
p.s. I'm from LA originally (Inglewood to be exact). What side of town ya on?
05-03-2007, 02:15 PM
I find running to get quite boring and would love to try incorporating obstacle management into a run.
i'm right there with you. running for miles on streets is less than entertaining for me. trail running. rock running. now those are other stories.
i really enjoy parkour the most. Someone correct me if i'm wrong but i beleive that parkour is at it truest form, escape and evasion. no wasted motion. freerunning is the evolution of that which allows styles, tricks, flipps etc.
sebastian foucan's site details the 8 basic moves of parkour which all the other moves are variations of. His site doesn't seem to be up right now, but if you are starting in, you might consider
side vaults, lazy vaults, monkey vaults
here a famous series of vault clips.
might want to stay away from the dash, and the speed vaults in the begining.
and cb or kb swings are going to be an integral part of any pk enhancment.
o' i used to be down in the historic west adams district, now i'm in los feliz, soon to be in the hills. when i get up to the hills i'm going to have my own little pk course in back. everyone will be welcome..
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