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    I was sifting and sorting through my favorites list today, trying to clean out a bit. I came across a link I stashed away and left forgotten.


    http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/02/damien-walters/


    This guy is amazing. I watched it and all I could think was "Wow... that really looks like fun. I wish I could be strong enough to do that."


    Getting to that point doesn't happen over night. I just wish I knew the path to take to reach that destination. Same with Parkour. If you can't do that stuff, how do you learn it without breaking your neck? :P


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    Parkour is fantastic. I saw a programme on TV where a group parkoured all over famous landmarks of London - they were up on the Houses of Parliament! It was stunning. And I think you just have to start off gradually - they were French and began on steps and railings. I think a great sense of balance might just help!

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      PS - it's 6.15 here in the UK - isn't it late where you are?!

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        Oh wow! That video is amazing! I've wondered the same thing Diana, how to get started and do it safely. I wonder if martial arts would be a way to start out. Most seem to require you to learn how to fall and roll through things.


        When i took hapkido, we would practice leaping headfirst over objects and people and then land by immediately rolling into a somersault like maneuver. Some had worked up to leaping over guys standing 6' tall. I was in awe.

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          WOW A M A Z I N G ! ! !

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            Yeah, it was about midnight when I posted. Now I'm wide awake at almost 7 am. WTF? I usually sleep more than this. Maybe it's the anticipation of actually having a day off without having to go to one job or the other.


            I really could use a better sense of balance. I have a great pair of rollerskates that I still can't use because I keep falling down. I think I need to build leg strength.


            Either maritial arts, or gymnastics I'm sure would be helpful. Or both. The challenge (for me) would be finding an affordable class and time to actually go to it.

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              www.americanparkour.com gives you lots of exercises and drills to get started! Haven't tried it myself as there isn't too much stuff to 'parkour' around my way but there some good vids and stuff on there.

              I grok, therefore I am.

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                Or you can always try some capoeira lessons. I myself train capoeira and I am extremely pleased. You can get a really good sense of balance by spending some time upside down and also you can train acrobatics with a trainer. It also seems that girls are more attracted to capoeira than boys,or maybe let me say it in another way:the stay longer. Try it if you want

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                  I have always wanted to do capoeira. If there was a teacher or class in my area, I'd be on top of that!

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                    Holy smokes! Awesome video!


                    Yoga helps w/ balance & strength as well esp. as you progress to balance poses, headstands & handstands. It took me a while to be able to do a free-standing headstand, but I have no problem w/ it now.

                    Not sure I'll ever be any kind of Damien Walters tho!

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                      A few years ago when parkour was getting better known I joined a few guys organising training in a gymnastic hall where we could practise running up and flipping off walls, back flipping into foam pits, training different techniques on walls etc. Was brilliant fun but I just felt a bit too chunky to do most of it. I'm much stronger, leaner and agile now so would love to give it another go but I just dont think my wrists and ankles could take it anymore! Search online for groups/forums and there may be somewhere you can have a go with 'professional' parkour guys and learn the techniques in a safe environment.

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                        Impressive stuff. Here's one of some parkour in my city (not by me unfortunately!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qhgIdP3l3I


                        I've been wanting to take it up. I was a keen skateboarder when I was a teenager. I lost interest in it, but there's still a void in my life when it comes to unconventional uses of urban architecture! I was going to take it up last summer but then I got a dodgy knee so decided that something involving all that jumping wasn't a good idea until it's better.

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                          Here's a bit more inspiration. These guys just look like they're having a lot of fun monkeying around


                          http://www.vimeo.com/6495648

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