What is Parkour?

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YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT PARKOUR IS?

Parkour is a very popular trend sport that is becoming more and more popular from year to year. The sport originally comes from France and was developed by the founder David Belle under the name “Le Parkour” and presented worldwide as well as filmed several times.

This type of locomotion was originally developed for fleeing in war and describes the fastest and most efficient type of locomotion from point A to B, “the direct route”. The people who practice this sport are originally called “traceurs” (Le Traceur = the runner/he who draws a line).

IS IT DIFFICULT TO LEARN?

Learning this sport is not difficult, because everyone does Parkour in everyday life without noticing it, including you! Just crossing a step is parkour, because life consists of obstacles, but everyone crosses them according to their own level and speed. The more you deal with this sport, the more possibilities you will discover for yourself and it will be easier and easier for you to master and overcome the obstacles in life.

HOW DANGEROUS IS THE SPORT?

The sport is of course becoming more and more risky depending on the level and experience. However, the most dangerous things in sport are fear, ego, impatience, and defiance, which can lead you to serious harm. Because if you manage to convert your fear into respect, your impatience into pleasure and your defiance into gratitude, and keep your ego in balance, you are sure of the path to becoming a successful extreme athlete, and you will become one of us. What are you waiting for? LET´S GO BE A NINJA!

The instruction and the beginning of your training is of course still recommended with a licensed trainer and should also be accompanied regularly up to a certain performance level.

HOW FIT DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

In this sport it is not important how old, tall or how heavy you are, it is all about the art of locomotion and the fun of exercising. Through which you can feel from time to time how new insights and ideas are opening up. “The eye of the traceur is awakened”, a different kind of perception for urban surroundings emerges unconsciously, which makes the whole urban world look like a playground with obstacles and in every traceur, and soon also in you, the urge to cross the obstacle emerges. You not only develop limitless creativity, but also a fascinating kind of body control.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO SPEND?

You determine yourself the time required for this sport. It always depends on what you want to achieve with this sport.

Experience shows that as a team athlete you train about 5 times a week for 2 hours and as a normal recreational athlete about 2-3 times a week for 2 hours. Both are possible in a club or privately. It is advisable to pay attention to a safe training location at the beginning, e.g. in a gym with fall protection, gymnastics boxes and trainers who support you.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO DO THE SPORT?

Depending on the location, the cost of practicing the sport varies.

It is common to discover and practice the sport in a club, in a private sports school, among friends or in workshops. The cost of a parkour training in a club is of course the cheapest and one of the safest options. Because everything is most comfortable for you to train thanks to the professionally equipped gym. The monthly fee here is on average between € 7.00 and € 10.00.

The sports equipment is not expensive. It is enough if you bring comfortable sports or leisure clothes and sports shoes with sturdy soles, plus a sufficient amount of water and a juicy portion of motivation!

WHAT CAN IT ACHIEVE WITH IT?

With this sport you, as a person, achieve a new kind of perception, both extreme body control and self-assessment. Strong discipline is created, which makes it much easier to achieve your goals in sport as well as in life (e.g. to achieve your desired figure, professional athlete or trainer, as well as gain respect and increase awareness …). The sport “Parkour” changes the way you think and everyone who practices it. The first German Parkour Championship has even been held since 2020. The so-called “Art of Motion” is also organized every year by the Red Bull brand in international areas for world championships of trend sports in connection with freerunning and broadcast digitally (freerunning = mixture of parkour and somersaults, acrobatic freestyle elements from breakdancing and gymnastics).

It is also important to note that the sport of “parkour” is actually not a competitive sport and that this does not serve the purpose of competing with other “traceurs”. However, it was inevitable for the big advertising media like ADIDAS, RED BULL, etc … through championships to put this sport in the spotlight under their name in order to a larger advertising audience.

WHERE CAN I DO THE SPORT?

You can easily reach the sport through the international communities in the social media world and thus establish contacts more easily. It is widespread, but to differing degrees depending on where you live and is mostly popular and easy to find in large cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich. However, many small cities such as Landshut are currently managing to build up their parkour community and to keep up with other large cities with the leisure activities and workout parks for outdoor training. In addition, a large number of fashion items, especially for parkour and freerunning, have appeared and are now being sold online worldwide (for example, “Urban Sports Clothing” by Alexander Siemens).

To contact professional athletes in the parkour and freerunning area, so-called parkour jams are held regularly, at which all athletes exercise their passion together and exchange ideas. Here you can visit professional athletes from Red Bull to amateurs and career changers. Take a look in your area and be there!

WHERE CAN YOU TRY THIS?

You can try the sport on your own, or you can put yourself in the hands of experienced coaches and athletes right away. That is up to you, but you should always act cautiously, only train when you feel comfortable and always decide from your inner gut feeling up to which level you want to train at the moment. Because there are always bad days when nothing works the way you would like it to and in this sport you must never forget to keep your inner balance in order to prevent injuries!

The sport itself, should you practice in nature or in the urban environment, it is best to always briefly check all obstacles before starting the training: keep an eye on stability, slip resistance and fall protection such as meadow or rolling surfaces in the event of a fall.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

All other questions about my services, contact details and information about our community “URBAN SPORTS ACADEMY”, both ours

You can find out “Förderverein Parkour Landshut e.V.” on the following website:

www.urban-sports.net

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or using the search term “Parkour Landshut” in social media such as (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Tiktok …).

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