Because, to some, parkour is everything. It's in the air that we breathe, the water we drink. It's in our blood, coursing through our veins. "There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level."
As some of you might already know, I’ve recently made a profile on Instagram :) It’d be awesome to have more images of creative movement on my feed, so any traceurs/freerunners/trickers/climbers/yogis + do feel free to hmu @beccamplified and you might just earn yourself a new follower ;)
Yesterday I had the chance to spend the morning with a bunch of extraordinary girls from all over Europe for the Women International Parkour Weekend, a two-day training event run by experienced female coached led by Shirley Darlington from the Chainstore Parkour Academy in East London.
Yesterday the girls trained outdoors in various London hotspots challenging themselves with new goals and improving their techniques.
I find parkour such an amazing discipline and watching the ladies jumping and climbing all day makes me feel it’s time to wear my trainers and have a go!
New material from Storm shows the guys tearing it up in Barcelona. It’s particularly great to see classic traceurs such as Phil Doyle and Ashley Holland reassume their position as key players in the current freerunning scene. Moreover, the team’s movement is fresh and precise and, as ever, Visive have conceptualised, captured and edited the video to stunning results.
What concerns me is the video’s clear motive to ultimately sell products. It’s a postmodern concept that anything intentionally anti-materialism will inevitably find opportunity on which to be capitalised. This is evident even to the least-seasoned traceur, whose choice of trainers and sweatpants will be in some way influenced by the efforts of fitness giants to snatch a stake in the market which, frankly, they have limited knowledge of. Nike’s ‘Free Run’ shoe, which sells for up to 8 times the price of the (imo) incomparable Feiyues is a prime example of this. Meanwhile - closer to home - the parkour brand Etre Fort markets ‘deluxe’ sweatpants which perform identically to budget Slazengers. Clothing can, of course, be a great way to advertise sport itself, however I believe that Storm tread a dangerous line with regard to the ratio of humble training versus profiteering. I’ve every confidence that Storm are all for keeping parkour as real as ever, though only time will prove if there’s any truth in my conviction.