Theory of Coconutism



Originally written by: Will Stewart

Edited and amended by: Travis Ford


Theory of Coconutism

The Theory of Coconutism is a system of thought centered around maintaining a positive mentality throughout one’s daily life, especially when training. One should always believe that he or she is capable of accomplishing any feat of strength or skill that their peers are capable of. The concept of “not strong enough” or “not skilled enough” is a tempting and ready replacement for hard work, but is only relevant to the moment when a challenge is first conceived. Under the stipulations of the Theory of Coconutism, if it is humanly possible, you are encouraged to FIND A WAY TO DO IT.

The term “coconut” is used as a substitution for the word “CAN’T”. This is necessary because of participating practitioners who refuse to utter the word, even in recognition of the use of the word or the word itself. Using the word “CAN’T” is often referred to as “dropping a coconut”. Hence, the Theory of Coconutism. The concept may be applied to any situation or any form of training, but is heavily rooted in the training of the physical discipline of PARKOUR.

Stipulations and regulations:

  • The main goal is for one to never have the mindset of “CAN’T” and to eradicate the word from the practitioner’s vocabulary.
  • In practice, anyone who hears a fellow practitioner say “CAN’T” is in the position to give “prizes” to the one who originally said it.
  • “Prizes” are any increment of physical conditioning based on the experience of the negatively-minded practitioner. For most beginners, “prizes” are commonly 10 standard push-ups. Intermediate or advanced practitioners are subject to more extreme variations of conditioning (i.e. pistol squats, concrete rolls, etc.).
  • “Prizes” are not to be viewed as a punishment, but as a friendly reinforcement of the positive mindset. Upon completion, the appropriate sentiment should be ‘thank you for making me physically and mentally stronger’.
  • Based on the one’s involvement in either enforcing or participating, phrases such as “impossible” may be grounds for a “prize”. Failure to recognize the name Sebastien Foucan may also result in a hefty “prize”.