Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Parkour!


I saw a movie last night, District B 13, that I just had to share. It's a French action film in which the barrios surrounding cities have been sealed off behind walls because they are no longer safe enough for polite society. Leito, who grew up in Barrio 13, fights alongside his sister against the corruption in his community. The actor who plays Leito is the creator of Parkour, a martial art that involves moving from one point to another as efficiently as possible, leaping over and through obstacles, climbing walls, jumping roofs, etc. There is lots of Parkour in the movie, and it is SICK! Check out this clip if you don't believe me: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yjC11RKtPco
Parkour, or freerunning, is done without wires, nets, or pads. There are American Parkour practicioners, and I've even heard tell of some folks in this area who like to climb buildings. This website has more information and tutorials: http://www.americanparkour.com/

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