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.
While planning and executing a rudimentary, movement-specific training regimen to get better at Parkour will definitely work, sticking to such rigid directive 100% of the time may actually limit not only a practitioners ability to adapt to a multiverse of environmental situations, but also how one lives the spirit and essence of the discipline. As a physical discipline, Parkour is about being able to handle (often overcome) different environmental spaces, and in some emergency situations executed without initial practice, thus a practitioner's body is often demanded to perform highly-complex and unorthodox movements. Thus, introducing your body to different angles, positions, speed and acceleration, brought forth from other arts will most likely prepare one for more circumstances. As a spiritual discipline, 'limitations' and 'staying in the box' aren't exactly the philosophies that Parkour represents. Parkour is counter that. Parkour is about BREAKING FREE. Parkour is about GETTING OUT OF ONE'S COMFORT ZONE. How then can a practitioner call oneself a true student of the discipline if one will remain dogmatic and rigid?
If you want to become a better traceur/traceuse, make time to learn somethings that aren't Parkour - and believe you me, you won't regret it.
Below is a video by Exotic / Pole Dancing extraordinaire and PKPH community member Sacha Turcuato with PKPH Performance Team Member, Jaymark Rodelas in an "absolutely unrehearsed" pole dance performance. Enjoy!
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