Something came up at the Sunday Beginners' Training today that I think needs to be addressed: the use of spotters in parkour.
I will be giving you all my full and honest opinion about this issue, and if you decide to post, I expect that you will give me yours.
I believe that spotters have no place in parkour besides when dealing with movements that cannot be easily worked up to. I have been taught to never try anything that I am not sure I am capable of doing safely, and I think that the use of spotters causes people to try things that they are not capable of. Obviously, it is better to take the time to get comfortable with a movement and only try it when you are ready for it than to try something that you are not ready for, even if there is a spotter, and risk injuring yourself. Remember, the first motto of parkour was "to be and to last." I also think that using a spotter interferes with learning proper technique. If you are convinced that you are not going to get hurt, what is the point of learning proper technique? Of course spotters can be useful when dealing with movements like catleaps and backflips, but they are definitely no substitute for progression and the ability to build real confidence.
Anyway, I have given you my opinion. Please give me yours.
If you believe that it is pointless to address this issue, tell me.
I just think that it is important to talk about things like this so we can all see how others are thinking, and get an overall better understanding of parkour.
Thank you, Alex