Friday, 11 December 2009

Parkour and Martial Arts

I have took the idea for this video post from Ross Enamait’s blog (A great website which all martial artists should be checking out regularly.)

Parkour, as Wikipedia states “is a non competitive physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, as if moving in an emergency situation, using skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific Parkour moves.”

Just to get an idea of the types of things that Parkour involves, check out the following videos which I found from Ross’s site.

So what is the point to this video post on a martial arts website one may ask. Well, after an initial look it may seem that Parkour and martial arts have nothing in common, although in actual fact though, they do.

Firstly in martial arts, one must train for years in order to perform some of the physically demanding techniques which it holds. So do Parkour enthusiasts.

Secondly and more importantly, there must be a strong sense of self belief for martial arts. There must also be for Parkour. What can be more daunting then facing some of the jumps involved in Parkour. There obviously must be a very positive attitude, a strong sense of success and a “no mindedness” approach to perform some of these feats.

This is exactly what is needed for all martial artists also. In martial arts, one must try to not think about defeat, about physical boundaries or about anything else which is negative. One must keep in mind that success is only limited to ones own thoughts and if one has the confidence and self determination to block out negativity, then great feats can be achieved, be it being able to perform a spinning jumping back kick or winning a certain combat event.

The same self belief used in Parkour no doubt.

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KarateStudent said...

KarateStudent("KS") on Guy in 1st Parkour Video:

The demonstrator of Parkour is the 'stronger' person that martial arts trainging strives to develop (physically, mentally, philosophically).

In KS's eye's he is a top marial artist who does not use his capability to fight, i.e., a non-fighting martial artist.

My first and best martial arts instructor's physical conditioning adopted, used, same / similar principles shown here.

Although KS's athletism pales in comparison with this unique and outstanding individual, this is how I do physical conditioning, albiet at a much lower degree of skill.

See also MARKS related post, "Strength from the Mind."

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