Parkour and Honesty
noun. abr. PK,
1. a holistic training discipline using movement that developed out of military obstacle course training
2. a physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.
3. being honest with yourself.
For me, past all the movement, Parkour is about being honest with yourself. There is no one more affected by lies of competence than the one standing at the edge thinking to jump. Parkour is a discilpine that reinforces the importance of being honest to yourself about your movement, about your capacities and present capabilities, and about your perception of the world.
Through my practice, I look to face my challenges honestly—to acknowledge fear and uncertainty, to assess those for validity, and to jump (or not to jump) with calm, collective certainty.
And with this mentality, there is no ego and there is no shame.
there is just you
and a jump
and the truth.
Whether you acknowledge the truth or choose to ignore it reflects the character you are working to build. So, if you jump while in the throes of uncertainty, you are just hurting yourself. This is because even if you make that jump, you jumped with uncertainty in your hand, you secondguessed your good judgement, you opened yourself up to unnecessary risk.
Only those jumps we make with good and complete faith in ourselves are those that will help us grow.
As they say, it is not practice that makes us perfect, but perfect practice that makes us perfect. If you do 100 bad-form vaults, all you’ve reinforced is the bad-form. If you jump while uncertain, all you’ve done is reinforce a risky behavior set.
So jump, but only when you trust that your feet will land firmly together. You can fear falling, you can fear your mistakes, but never fear due to a lack of capacity.