Parkour

Parkour is not a sport and nor is it exercise. It is something different: a discipline, a practice, maybe a unique thing. (This is my best attempt at a definition:) Parkour is a training thing (system/method/approach/discipline) which is based on moving around a (usually urban) environment and about improving how well one can move. The movements are diverse, including jumping and swinging and climbing and vaulting, and it is based […]

Life Philosophy
Behind a Jump: Mental Challenge and the Feeling of Success
17th February 2017

In this post I tell a story about some parkour training and a jump I did as part of it. It isn’t the one in the photo, but it was somewhat similar. The aim is to try and get across how the mental benefit of parkour can work, and so the wordy-storyness is part of it. ***** It was a Saturday. My week of uni work was over, but I […]

Parkour
Parkour as a Process
18th December 2016

*** Parkour is about the process. It is not about the outcomes. It isn’t about whether you can jump a certain gap, do a certain move, whether you’re comfortable at height or not. It’s about how you try – how you train. Parkour culture, on the whole, seems to think your ability is what matters. It is not. Parkour is the process of self-overcoming, using movement (including around urban routes […]

Miscellaneous
A Parkour Video and Thoughts on Parkour Videos
26th July 2016

I just edited a parkour video and thought I would share a few thoughts on this. Parkour and videos can be a bit messy. The summary: think carefully about your media outputs. There’s three sections: a description of the session, of the type that would usually accompany a video (though longer); then some thoughts about videos and parkour, which I’ve been thinking for a couple of years but not yet […]

Parkour Video: Why I Do Parkour
24th March 2016

Here’s a parkour video featuring me. An Oxfordshire media student, William Royal, posted on the Oxford Parkour facebook page asking for volunteers for a video project as part of his media course. I volunteered, and this is what he made. I didn’t have a particular message to share – usually if I make content it’s because I have something I want to get out there – and none of this […]

Exercise/Health/Food
Anyone can do Parkour (and should)
25th September 2014

With some short wordy bits and also a video of my mum doing parkour for the first time.

Public Misconception of Parkour

Imagine all you had ever seen of running was the 100m sprint in the Olympics.

Parkour is a non-mainstream, not-very-well-known discipline. As such, it hasn’t been understood all too well by people in society in general. The media loves spectacle and sensation, so they portray parkour as a daredevil stunt discipline. The parkour that’s made it into film, TV, and music videos is the performance aspect, where people are doing things to look impressive. Parkour videos put out onto the internet are often self-selected by people who want to show off what they’re doing, so there are many parts of parkour that don’t get shared as often. Not only do we not see all of the “behind the scenes” training of all of the people in the videos, but we don’t see anything who don’t make the cool videos, and there are many people who don’t make many videos.

This isn’t what parkour really is though, this is just one aspect of it.

Life Philosophy
The PKGen Debrief Interview (Uncut version)
3rd September 2014

The Parkour Generations (PKGen) coaching group run a weekly interview on their website, in which they ask different parkour-people some questions. They’ve been doing it for a few years now and have worked their way down the list to eventually get to me. The version on their website was the shortened version, but here’s the uncut version with everything I wanted to write. Name: Alex May (at this point I […]

Exercise/Health/Food
Jogging is a Waste of Time
21st August 2014

In which I discuss jogging and the sort of thing I do instead of jogging. “Alex, you make exercising less shitty.“ “I sweat a lot more than on a normal run but come back feeling like I’ve had a great time.“ A Lengthy Introduction Read this if you want more background to what I’m about to say, or if you’ve read the rest of it but disagree with how I’ve […]

Life Philosophy
Creativity, Parkour Vision, Adaptability, etc.
19th May 2014

Take a look at the set-up in the photo. What do you see? Please, take a minute to consider what you could do here – if you “do parkour”, make a list of all the different things you could train here (and I mean all the ideas you have); if not, think about it anyway. Compare it to any experience in any sport you have, or even to what someone […]