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By Hayley.   Hi everyone, it’s been a long time…right now the snow has melted and the weather is fairly warm which changes things for parkour training once again. I...
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By Hayley.

 

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Hi everyone, it’s been a long time…right now the snow has melted and the weather is fairly warm which changes things for parkour training once again. I feel like my progress has been very slow after this injury and something has definitely changed for me. I think my motivation is different, I am still enjoying training solo, but on reflection, I see my past practice as being rather selfish (selfish has a negative vibe about it, but this is not exactly what I mean). During the time when I was injured I found many ways to help people, making small changes to the environment and so on (at first I think it was about not feeling so useless not being able to move).

Now when I train parkour it feels different. I can’t do a lot of the things I could do before the injury (maybe because I am afraid) a couple of times since the injury after going back to training I made some mistakes. A cat leap with my ankle landing slightly off or a precision, the same problem, and I suddenly don’t feel so indestructable (not that I ever really considered myself so, I guess you just take it for granted.) I started running again, but my ankles (both of them) get sore every time so a few weeks ago I took off my shoes. I took off my shoes and started to train parkour again, right from the start. I may not be able to do the ‘big jumps’ but ,what I am doing feels good.

Now when I train, a three foot precision can feel like flying, it’s a different kind of energy and power, one that I appreciate.

I think when you wear shoes your mind thinks you can do a lot more without risk, and maybe you can and this is true, but I have noticed a big change in my parkour since training barefoot. My muscles have more control and I pay far more attention to maintaining that control especially on landings, I feel quick and more free in my movement. My ankles also feel safer. You are much more aware of the way you use your body to absorb impact.

So I think in some ways I have made a lot of progress it’s just different to what I would have previously considered as progress. People around me are jumping longer and longer doing amazing cat leaps and huge wall runs. What I do is not at all impressive to watch, not correct, probably not even real parkour, Its just me, thats’s all.

Somehow parkour became about following someone else’s rules.

Is parkour about knowing how to kong.or something else completely? If the latter is true, we need to tell those people who cannot kong.

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