Anonymous said: When did you start parkour and how?
Always kind of wanted to tell this so,
Back in middle school I hung out at the skate park a lot and one of my buddies there told me about it. Well being I love rock climbing/climbing in general it sounded fun.
So I looked it up and found some basic vaults. I pretty much just vaulted over things until I got a job at 16. That was when I started feeling comfortable enough to look for more advance things to do.
So I looked for some groups and found the CaPk group that meets at Balboa Park in San Diego. They helped me a lot with technique, form, and the general frame of mind involved in Parkour.
This was about the time when Free-Running started to get some attention so there was a lot of new people looking to free run. This group made a decision to be inclusive to these people but at the same time stand against competition. It made for a good atmosphere where everyone had each other’s back and were offering tips to each other, helping everyone get better.
A good group like that is really helpful for advancing and just makes Parkour more fun. We would play capture the flag, do a follow the leader-esque flow runs, and spot people if they were attempting something they weren’t 100% confident they were going pull it off.
I consider joining that group as the point when I officially started doing Parkour but like all things I spent time dipping my feet in it for years before jumping in.
At the weekly meet-ups I would just work on weak points, like try walking a rail all the way across to get better balance. I got a little better every week and once I had something done there was always something new to try.
So by slowly working up to things I got to the point where I am at now. I used to do flips but I have stopped in recent years, partly because I am out of practice and partly because I had a pretty severe fall while doing a flip a bit back and I never really felt comfortable flipping over cement after that.
And that is a pretty good summery of my experience with getting involved in Parkour.