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.
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."