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-General Questions Regarding Texas Parkour-

What is Texas Parkour?

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Check out our About us section.

Where are classes near me?  How do I start?

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We would suggest you find a community to start training with.  This will give you the safety information that you need to start training correctly.  Unfortunately no everywhere in the US has a community.  So you need to start somewhere.
Check out this article for more ways to start. (written by Matthew Lee Willis)

Why should I train with Texas Parkour rather then training by myself?

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There is nothing better then a community.  Texas Parkour provides you with a community for those of you trying to learn.  Not only is Texas Parkour a community to train with, the community helps you learn more every day you go and train.  We are all a teaching community and you will learn a lot being here.

 

-General Questions Regarding Parkour-

What is Parkour?

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From just a physical standpoint Parkour is a way to go from A to B as fast and efficiently as possible, through any and all obstacles that may be in your way. It is generally made to be used in emergency situations to escape, rescue, etc.

But Parkour is much more than this explanation….to true practitioners it is treated much like a discipline, not only a means of escape but a way to stay in shape, help others, instill confidence, and stay sharp mentally. Parkour is not only made to help you overcome physical obstacles….its made for ALL obstacles both mental and physical. By finding new more efficient paths in your daily life and in your mind you grow mentally, physically as well as test your creativity and adaptability for any situation.

For more information
Parkour Generations

Where are good places to train Parkour?

 

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You can train anywhere.  Just make sure not to train on Private Property or have ownership permission.  After training Parkour for some time you start to get what Traceur’s call a Parkour Eye.  You start to look at your environment differently.  Cracks in the street begin to look different, like games.  Training on a bench or even a lone bar out somewhere will give you the training you need.

Is Parkour what I see in the Media – MTV, News, Youtube?  Is it deeper then just jumping off of stuff?  Does it have a philosophy?

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If you have read any of the other articles you can see by now that Parkour is more then just what you see online.  When training Parkour your dealing with safety first at all times.  Parkour is a tool to be used and your not going to be able to use that tool if your body is broken and injured.  You must “Be Strong to be Useful.”  When you train Parkour it is not just about the physical obstacles you overcome but the mental obstacles as well.  A philosophy is something you can use and apply to ever day life and Parkour can be that for you.

Articles:
http://www.austin360.com/recreation/content/recreation/stories/2008/07/0721fitcity.html
http://www.hilltopviewsonline.com/parkour-comes-to-austin-1.1170539
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/features/6463462.html

Who is David Belle?

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David Belle (born 29 April 1973) is a man largely credited as the founder of parkour. He is also a physical educator[citation needed]stuntman and actor. His military training and early athletic, climbing, gymnastic, and martial arts training acted as the foundations for the discipline he has developed.

“David Belle.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 20 March. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Belle>

Who is Sebastien Foucan?

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Sébastien Foucan (born 24 May 1974; ParisFrance) is a French actor of Guadeloupean descent. He is one of the founders of parkour. He founded the art form along with his friends including David Belle. He has been influenced by the art of parkour and is generally considered to be a “second generation” founder of parkour along with David Belle. He is well known as an ambassador for parkour to many countries and is generally considered to represent parkour. Well-known for his views on the philosophy behind parkour, he also stresses the need for proper training in the basics of free running, not only for safety, but also to maintain the positive appearance of the activity in the public eye.
“Sebastien Foucan.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 20 March. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sébastien_Foucan>


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