Train Hard - Stay Humble
I don't think much of pk competitions, but they, like the pk community, are going to represent a wide range of styles and appeal to a wide range of people. That's good for all of us and should be encouraged.
Personally, I'm just hoping for a competition that's more fun for non-traceurs to watch than Sasuke or MTV. I think I'll finally get it when they produce Survior: Rage Frooble Island.
So you're saying that if I find this show so antithetical to how I approach parkour that it drives me to keep my parkour a secret or to not do parkour at all, that is good for all of us?
I don't think visibility and growth for the sake of themselves are necessarily good things. Just as we as individuals work on steady progression in movement, we as a community should be cautious to avoid to the setbacks of going too big without having developed a solid foundation.
It's true, Seng. Anything that causes you to stop practicing parkour would be a loss to us all. ;)
I'm kind of serious though. My point is that I don't really care what you call it or how you practice it, just that you do. I care that you do because you get something out of it and I'm a nice person that wants people to be happy and have fulfilling experiences. If you're not getting anything out of what you're doing, whether it's practicing parkour or telling people that you do, then stop.
In regards to what we as a community "should" do, this highlights a major difference between us that I think comes from how we view "the community". I don't think a community grows and progresses the same way an individual does at all. Just like I don't think the way a group chooses to behave should determine how I choose to act myself.
Either way, I'm pretty sure if we took our training half as seriously as we took these philosophical discrepancies, our parkour would be a lot better - competitively or otherwise.
I think I was unclear about what I meant by "giving the slightest hint"- I don't get pleasure going around telling people I do parkour, because I don't (tell people or feel good doing it), but people end up knowing anyway because it's hard to contain something that inspires such enthusiasm. I meant that anytime someone sees extreme parkour action, they are going to end up asking that one actual tracer they know if they do that crazy flips off of buildings stuff; maybe that one tracer does do those kinds of jumps, or maybe parkour just happens to be what they're into right now instead of yoga or basketball or something else and then the interaction so often ends up like asking it two people are cousins just because they're both Asian but one of them is Tila Taquila and the other is an adopted Korean American software engineer.
Can you clarify for me how you believe a group grows differently from an individual? Certainly an individual should retain self-determination even within a group, but what do you see as an individual's responsibility regarding the group(s) in which they consider themselves members?
I don't find that my physical training can be separated from how I approach these philosophical questions- they are the same actions in different media. While I feel I have a lot to learn in both realms, I'm just not sure what you're getting at about how our parkour would being a lot better.
Clarification: Consider a very secluded community, say an Amish village or an Amazonian tribe. An individual in that community can certainly grow and progress: they can flourish spiritually, expand their physical capabilities, develop and evolve a perspective, become wonderful or terrible people, etc. etc. etc. However these communities, without exposure to other populations or physical circumstances don't, strictly speaking, "grow and progress." Historically they've been found to stay very much the same. This is what I mean by a community does not grow and develop the way an individual does.
(Yes, I was a bit of a sociology geek in college. No, I'm not comparing bapk or anyone else to the Amish)
What I'm getting at is that we should all talk less smack and train more better.
Also, Tila Taquila could totally have an adopted Korean American software engineer as a cousin, so don't be hatin'
as long as we dont care so much as to exclude practices that others believe in.
safety is relative, any person who has trained for an extended amount of time can attest to that.
or rather, danger is relative.
Which is probably on a tshirt somewhere.
Tempest promotes the show on Conan 2/15: