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 realize is that the simple word itself, Movement, connotes more than just that.
Sure, one needs strength in motion to execute that leap, to grab that rail, to hold on to that ledge. But, rarely do we ask ourselves, for what purpose? Am I simply doing this to show it off to my friends? Am I doing this for personal health?
These are all valid reasons in the practice and discipline of Parkour. But if we look at its origins, and at the core principles of Parkour Philippines, Parkour goes beyond just discovery and exploration of one's capabilities and limitations. It is about being useful.
What better time to prove yourself strong than when struggles arise, when fear and confusion creeps in and abuses the frailty of the human condition. We just have to look around us to see these opportunities. From calamities such as Haiyan to the worsening and paralyzing environment that exists in the Metro, the test for strength can and should be adapted in our development of our PK Vision. Yes, our country has been burdened with these problems eversince. The challenge we face as responsible Traceurs, as strong individuals, is this.
Being Strong to be Useful. Look up Useful in any dictionary and it brings up this definition.
Purpose. This is what separates Parkour from simple tricking or acrobatics. This is what we individually need to discover in our paths in and to Parkour. The answer lies in what we can contribute. Being Strong is not just about physical labor. Yes, helping out in relief and rescue opertations during calamities is one way of being strong. But also consider that Purpose comes in many forms. And as the definition states, in several ways. If there is something that we can offer to the helpless, the abused, the unfamiliar, then therein lies the moment wherein we can step up, literally and/or figuratively. Some of us are gifted with physical strength, able to help distribute goods and aid in calamity repackaging drives. Others, talented with art, able to inspire those others to act or, just as important, provide hope to the stricken. Even the simple act of doing the right thing, returning a lost phone; or helping a stranger carry her goods; or accompanying an old person cross the street, can show true strength.
We train in Parkour not only for Physical Strength. We train also because we want to strengthen our Mental Discipline. We grow our Parkour Vision. We train with purpose.
What does it take to be strong? The answer lies in what we can contribute.
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