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.
If you were fortunate enough to know of Parkour and actually wanted to pursue it, there were no Parkour blogs, websites or fan pages, no YouTube tutorials or workout cheat sheets. The only means to access information was in the small pockets of forums internationally where the early members of PKPH read, shared, and interacted with up and coming international counterparts. Video quality and movements were raw as everyone was in their own quest of self-discovery. I remember receiving positive feedback when we shared this on the international boards, and surprisingly enough, we felt like we were representing something which, at that time, we didn't really understand yet. It was all for the love of movement.
Nowadays, everything is available at the tips of your fingers, literally. Techniques have names, styles have been defined, personas and teams have come and gone; all readily accessible in less time than you can decide to make a big jump or not. Amidst the hustle and bustle of racing internet speeds and vaulting staged constructs, let's not forget that in order to love something, you need to endure through it. In practicing movement, one should be able to spend enough time with it, the actual dirty work, the bump and grind, so as not to just be satisfied with being served a silver platter of pre-defined locations and movements.
We hope that as you watch the video above, with all the roughness and childishness that it has, that you recognise the fact that we had a lot of fun and we dared to try. There was a prevailing spirit of discovery which, although left unspoken, was strongly felt amongst all those who participated. Most of us only met through this art of Parkour and it took time and effort to explore locations we found to have the potential for alternative movement. If there's one thing I want you to take away from all this, here it is.
One more thing, don't forget to have fun. Love is fun. Movement is fun. The Love for Movement then is twice as fun. :p
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