Train Hard - Stay Humble
you have to remember that these guys are part of REAL communities and do REAL training all year long.
They do 2 weeks worth of filming during a gig to be able to live the lifestyle of Parkour to the fullest, and everyone jumps on them about how the dudes are ruining it.
TV shows and media build off progression just like anyone (communities included) else. This may be a step towards that ultimate progression, even if it isnt the best.
I think alot of it stems from the fact that the people that hate competitions and media also dont like tempest, tribe, pk miami..... so of course they wont be fond of it.
and that full/screwdriver to roll was amazing. nobody around us has that type of control or flow.
People who want parkour to become something larger than "14 year old kids jumping around in a park".
It introduced parkour and freerunning to more people in 30 seconds than you or I will our entire lives. Completely clean performance.
Good luck with the SOLO training.
This was actually a response to the video a couple pages back (check the indentation)
as for jump city, i have no clue what it is, but it looks better than the ultimate parkour competition thing.
I don't train anymore. ;( Still plenty useful though. It looks like things are going pretty well around here too. Good luck.
This show and the new version of ninja warrior have almost doubled the enrollment of CFM's parkour classes in the last month.
How many future members of BAPK do you think might be inspired to start for the same reason?
but you guys are right nobody but those who already know about it from the cool old school times should totally not share it with anybody else, much less make a tv show that will get people interested and training.
Stop pretending to be an authority and think back to when you were first inspired to start.
Thats why we support this, not because we are all fueled by the madness of competition.
I posted this on another forum already, but i was just watching a rollerblading documentary, and this was a quote about when roller blading first went into the x games. Kind of a similar situation and i think it compliments what ryan's trying to say. Also it's just interesting.
"there is no better recruiting tool than something that goes out to millions of people, it may not be the most credible thing, but that's our job. Once they get exposed to it we gotta be there to catch them, let them come into our culture, and then let them sort of get an education."
you are right about trying to catch newcomers and support their real-world initiation to parkour; that's what PKNA, APK, PKCali, BApk and other forums suggested and started doing already at the the "Ultimate Parkour Challenge" times.
That is why we welcome "Jump City" viewers on the home page, re-routing them eventually here.
The reasons why the founders of this group don't support commercialized competition are listed here: BApk and competition.
Nobody needs to agree with the founders of this group to train parkour, train with them, or be a user of this website (of course!).
That is exactly my point- I don't think parkour is prepared for the growth that the spectacles may inspire.
Do you mean you don't think the communities are ready to take in many potentially "ignorant" people?
Cause I think if people ever actually do train with the communities they catch on pretty quickly.
@SafeNSure Thanks, I didn't see that page. And sadly i haven't really trained with too many people on this site, maybe i'll make a post to one of the jams i've been going to, to see if anyone wants to come train.
I'm focusing more on whether the communities are ready than the state of those coming into the community. New and potential members are by their nature ignorant, but that's not a judgement- like developing a beginner's mind, ideally that means they come in without preconceptions rather than retain a mindset against learning.
Learning to teach and coach has inevitable missteps just like learning anything else, but I am concerned that in the rush to meet these newcomers, we look to anyone who is willing to teach instead of developing qualified teachers. That's not a call for a formal certification body, just for higher standards in understanding of parkour- the physical and mental aspects equally- and not ust willingness and having been doing parkour for longer or having bigger moves than the trainee.