“Stick it! - if you fail you have to do 20 push ups before you can continue”
I count at least four problems within this scenario… Yet sometimes I catch experienced coaches (including myself 🤯) choosing a “punishment” to reinforce learning goals. Oh you did this too? - don’t feel bad, but allow me to explain why I believe it is not the best way to go.
Is such a thing possible, as a competition that honestly represents the spirit of parkour / ADD, our values and methods? When are the means justifiable, what's an acceptable compromize and what's just cash money business, laziness or indifference? Or does it even matter at all, as long as people are moving and having fun...?
Recently a scientific article was published, showing the results of a study by a group from Steno Diabetes Center, Denmark. The research group have been following our classes and workshops for a while. The conclusions were very clear...
Giving more attention to the movements you do, wether it be seemingly basic ones or complex muscle patterns, you have the potential to develop a unique attitude and mind state.
I try to present some thoughts on how we can approach various movements and the attitude towards our movement practice.
In my recent article, Protecting our heritage and fostering creativity, I touched upon some things that have been bothering me recently - issues that have been on my mind every day for quite a while now, and even keeping me awake for hours many nights. Given the positive response, and also the many questions this piece raised, I decided to dig a little deeper and hopefully provide a little more insight to many of you with the piece you are now reading.
Movement is not restricted by anything, it is universal and embraces everything within this world. Not two persons move alike, and the diversity within our sphere is gigantic. Let us use our curiosity and learn from each other, move and share with one another and reflect upon ourselves and our motivation.
I was recently made aware of a UNESCO document known as their "International Charter for Physical Education and Sport". I'm quite sure not a lot of people even know if its existence (and most certainly not within our community). This document contains some of the most beautiful thoughts and ideas on physical education and sport that I have ever come across, and what is more interesting, a lot of them seems to be identical to what we believe is good, beautiful and right with our chosen discipline of parkour/freerunning/ADD.
We try to make wholesome decisions, and when we started thinking about our new events, we knew that the quality of what we should offer had to be of high quality and with a lot of authentic strings.
To make these thoughts and decisions more clear to everybody, we made this small article, describing some of the reasons why we wanted to make new and otherwise different events.
Hopefully this will clarify our intentions and increase the understanding of our interests.
To move we need to constantly regain balance. But how can we work on this, creatively and purposefully.
We take a quick look on the mechanisms behind balance and how we challenge these to better ourselves when moving in the diversity of the world.
Fractures is not, by our experience, an often occurring event in parkour.
But it is to some extent a factor that we should put in to our equation when we train, because even though we are well prepared, we might put ourselves in an unfavorable situation.
Get a glimpse on why parkour can be a excellent choice for developing strong bones and how to approach it.