For PASSION FOR PARKOUR and LOVE FOR FAMILY, the two-longest running and biggest Parkour organizations in the country, Philippine Parkour/Freerunning Association (PPFA) and Parkour Philippines (PKPH), together with its communities OUTRIGHTLY BREAKS ALL TIES, and WITHDRAWS ALL SUPPORT for Ninja Academy (NA), especially its management run by RAVEN SOLAR. PPFA & PKPH DOES NOT SUPPORT NINJA ACADEMY AND ALL OF ITS ACTIVITIES.
All of us age. And in aging, physical changes occur. While I believe that aging is mostly a positive experience, there are undoubtedly negative ones. A few notable examples to mention are Sarcopenia - loss of force-producing mass/muscle mass - and Osteopenia - loss of bone density. Though partly natural in nature, a major reason why these conditions occur in an accelerated manner is because these bodily resources simply aren't being used, more commonly seen in people living sedentary lifestyles. What then could better counter these conditions than to introduce Parkour to the elderly?
For quite some time, I've noticed that the some of the smoothest and most inspiring traceurs/traceuses train not only in Parkour alone, but also with other movement disciplines as well. Every time I encounter a dancer, a gymnast, or martial artist during our #PKPHBansay sessions, I almost always expect that they get Parkour skill movements quickly, and seldom am I wrong. Thus, the merit of 'cross training' maybe quite a beneficial strategy in the goal of wanting to be good in Parkour.
Parkour Philippines [PKPH} strongly believes in one of Parkour's founding principles – the capacity of the discipline to develop each's character to overcome ANY obstacle. As such, we can't help but feel inspired whenever content like these come around the community. In such an area affected by a conflict spanning for at least 60yrs, that has displaced millions of families, claiming more than 20,000 lives, signs of peace and hope come few and far between. Thus, when such signs arise, such as this video from PK Gaza, it's only but right to spread such awe-inspiring feats as much as we can.
There are a lot of reasons we tell ourselves from day-to-day why we cannot do this or that. Even things that would make us happy and content get sweeped under the rug because of these excuses. Parkour teaches us that we should treat these reasons as just another obstacle to overcome. The important thing to remember is that we can move; we need to move if we want to get somewhere.
A lot has been said on one of the tenets of Parkour and what drives a Traceur. But there is still more to discuss, and even plenty more to act upon. We often mistake focus on the movement of Parkour as is, that it is just human movement through space. What we fail to realise is that the simple word itself, Movement, connotes more than just that.
When disaster strikes, most people will attribute it to the worsening situation of the world, in the tone of 'the beginning of the end of the world'. I don't know about you but I always found such hasty conclusions idiotic, often irresponsible. Such observations are unfounded, and are most likely because information is so easy to get hold of nowadays, plus the fact that people are occupying so much space in this world that something 'bad' is bound to happen statistically. As a whole, I believe that there is really no greater time in human history in the improvement of quality of life than now. Ridiculous as it may seem, one very minute example of that is the presence of video-sharing websites, like Youtube, with awesome features making learning much easier.
In the early days of PKPH, of Parkour in the Philippines, the teachings of PK was not only slowly trickling into our shores; The actual techniques, skills, and lessons were actually still being developed. In those days, there were no workshops, no formal groups locally, no gyms or instructors to ask for guidance. The Internet was running at a little over or under 56 kbps complete with the regurgitating rings, tones, and beeps of your modem. YouTube did not exist; To video something meant having an actual Handicam and DV8 tape, and having access to a powerful PC Desktop computer just a little short of a professional recording studio, not to mention a bunch of other logistic and location concerns. Fortunately, despite being starving young students, we were blessed to have some of these with a little help (and much love) from our friends. Our venue for release of the video: Yahoogroups, LiveJournal, and maybe, Multiply if I remember correctly.
In the many years I've been involved in Parkour Philippines, I've heard all kinds of concerns and questions from both practitioners and interested participants. One worry that almost always comes out is when people remain hesitant to train in Parkour because they do not have a group to train with. There is a hesitation to be exposed out there all on your own, by yourself, in not so private places. In these public places where public eyes can see you make or break a jump, fly or fail a flow, catch or fall off a ledge, some would rather avoid the situation altogether and thus not even attempt to try out something for the sake of practicing Parkour. The reality, and perhaps, rooted from experience also, is that training alone is part and parcel of this discipline. Rather, there is a lot to learn from taking the "Solo Flight."
INTENTIONAL MOVEMENT, a key concept of which Parkour Philippines (PKPH) espouses during its activities. It is about carefully orchestrating which part of your body will go where and at what point in time - special attention be given to which body part will interact with what specific surface. While the thought of it may sound so ridiculously ordinary not deserving of much attention, it is actually often overlooked especially when beginners first engage a new movement discipline, or a more experienced practitioner trying to learn a new trick.