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.

So recently I launched a company called The Movement Creative with my two partners Jesse Danger and Nikkie Zanvesky.  We are pushing Parkour in to public schools and gyms in NYC and moving into a full fledged leadership position in the Parkour community

What is your favorite parkour/training game?

name and short description please!

Recap: PKNY 2012 National Jam

This past weekend was the annual 2012PKNY National Jam.  For any of you who have been to this jam, you know it is nothing but a good time. 

The Jam started friday with a barbeque at the home of community leader Jesse Danger.  His backyard was transformed in to an epic parkour park of vault boxes, walls, bars, trainers, and platforms.  As the night progressed, traceurs and traceuses from all over started pouring in—DC, Georgia, Michigan, and Boston to name a few.

Now as any practitioner from NYC knows, there are a ton of amazing spots in the city but they can only be best appreciated when in a small group.  Thus, on saturday the jam split in to groups to hit up different spots to train, including battery park, sanctuary, and tompkins square park.  The evening concluded at a traceuses’ home in Soho, Claire Strautmanis.  Sunday turned in to a lazier day in Central, with two groups exploring sheeps meadow and the ramble. 

Personally I had a great time, especially at TSP.  It is a ton of fun having new people at a spot you frequent because they tend to see new moves and lines.  I certainly got a ton of good training in despite having a bit of a bum foot (bruised the bottom of it while triple jumping).

Anyways, all in all, this was a great jam in a great city.  If you, my readers, ever make your way out to the big apple, make sure to hit me up!  I’d love to show you the lay of the land.

jesse danger and others from NYC, movin about 

Viny Coryell

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