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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-08 06:23
  Subject:   Parkour vids.
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I think everyone has seen these, but maybe not.

David Belle, one of the co-founders of parkour:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvkPeWEFVYQ


Russian parkour clan:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVQNt64PxfE


Part running, part climbing, part gymnastics, Parkour is my favorite extreme sport that should be made into a video game.
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  User: zonereyrie
  Date: 2006-06-08 08:35 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Did you know about District B13?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-06-08 19:13 (UTC)
  Subject:   Wow!
I'd heard about Yamakasi before, but that looks really cool. Time to hit the art theater this weekend, I think! Thanks!
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-06-08 08:37 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Hey, is this the same thing as what those French kids are doing where they use any surface to walk on, jump off of, etc, etc? I can't remember what it's called, but I saw it like a year or two ago, I think.

-J
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  User: randomchris
  Date: 2006-06-08 08:50 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Yep, that's it. The French call it Le Parkour.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-06-08 21:29 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Ah, cool,thanks.

I also followed Ben's wiki link and it appears parkour, as it's known today (and I say that because one of the 'founders' says that it's always existed, but lacked a name), did originate in France.

It's neat stuff for sure. Visually, it makes me think of some form of acrobatics almost. From the comments of the people who practice it, the mentality of those who practice it reminds me of someone who engages in martial arts. And, much like martial arts, we can already see a diversion in the philosophy of what is and isn't parkour. I can see different branches evolving, different 'schools', etc.

Oh, the article also mentions that video games based on parkour are in the works.


-J
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-06-09 07:55 (UTC)
  Subject:   You're so far behind, you think you're in first. ;]
Guess where that "should be a video game" link goes? ;]
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-06-09 21:48 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: You're so far behind, you think you're in first. ;]
Yeah, I know. I'm just confirming what you said with what was mentioned and linked at the end of the wiki article (though the wiki article has several links to video games in the works to be based on parkour).

-J
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