I call it Parkour, that’s the word that I learned first, and have just stuck with it. I call it training. I’m not too picky about terminology. I’d rather just move. I joke around a lot with names, so me and a couple of the other coaches here, we don’t go rock climbing. We go dancing, because you have to bring your dancing shoes.
If you’re really trying to pry into the whole parkour, free running, l’art du déplacement, all of that debate. Whatever. I don’t care what word you use. Move however you want, fast, slow, efficient, artistic. As long as you’re finding challenges that involve movement and obstacles I’ll train with you.. Movement, challenge, and obstacles is really the simplest possible definition I find.
Parkour, or the discipline.
I generally call my training “parkour,” but will occasionally use “free-running” or “art of movement” to clarify for other people.
Movement/Parkour. I use both.
My practice is a lifelong committment to a better self, a committment to movement diversity & general physical preparedness, commuity engagement & activation, and positive energy & self challenge.
Rather than a sprint, it is a marathon; A discipline of life that requires work-life-play balance, as well as moderation, variety, and a forward looking approach; it is not about jumping the biggest jump of my 27 yr old body, but running, crawling, climbing, swinging, and jumping when I’m 90.
I’m not sure that I could name or pinpoint my practice for several reasons. As one of the odd ball group members over the last few years I have actually decided to focus more time on other areas of my life instead of training, namely my career. Don’t let this fool you as I still love training and don’t think I’d be where I am today without it, even if I don’t practice as much. If I had to name my practice I’d say it is first and foremost a hobby. A hobby I use to forget the world and stay fit. I train for fun. I enjoy getting serious from time to time but when I really shine is when I get a bunch of people together and we just jam and train without any plans in mind.