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Christmas Parkour!

Someone should tell Santa that rooftops aren't Parkour...

It’s that time again! Christmas is nearly upon us here in the USA and you know what that means…


The tradition of dressing up like Santa Claus and shooting a Parkour video started in 2003 when Suomen Parkour Ry, a group of practitioners from Finland,  made a video called “Joulupukki 2003”. (Joulupukki is the Finnish name for Santa Claus) It later became known as “Santa Claus Dash”. They released a video every year for a number of years after that and the tradition has stuck ever since.

There hasn’t been news of a 2009 edition yet but here’s a quick round-up of the previous videos and a few other ones featuring St. Nick himself! 

Poster’s Note – It was a little tough to verify which Finnish video was which year. For instance, I think 2006’s video should feature a chase with the Easter Bunny, but the link on their website no longer works. Here is the link to their main website. This is the best I could do. If I’ve mixed any up, forgotten one, or a link doesn’t work, please let me know!)

Santa Dash 2003

Santa Dash 2004

Santa Dash 2005

An Interview with Santa (Santa Dash 2006)

Santa Dash 2007 (part 1)
Santa Dash 2007 (part 2)

Santa Dash 2008 (part 1)
Santa Dash 2008 (part 2)

Santa in Japan 2009

Santa Jam 2006

Mikolaj’s Freerunners Special Edition


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Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – Naoki Returns

Image courtesy of Parkour Generations

Earlier this year, a young Japanese man named Naoki Ishiyama broke his back while training in London, England. He was injured when a tree branch he was standing on snapped underneath him. Thanks to the efforts of Parkour Generations and hundreds of other practitioners and organizations around the world, Naoki was able to return to Japan and undergo surgery to repair his spine.

Now, PKGen reports that Naoki is not only recovering, he’s training! Okay, so it’s only walking up steps and a few tiny precisions and half-push-ups, but it’s still great news! Take a look!

Naoki Walks!

Also, after I broke the news on APK, Zac Cohn was good enough to scour the Internet and find another, much more in-depth article about Cambridge and the Parkour damage complaints. Read the article here.

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Parkour: Damaging Property?

Image courtesy of BBC News and

Parkour ‘Damage’ Complaints Rise

The bad news? BBC News reports that “Parkour-related” damage complaints are on the rise in Cambridge, UK.

The good news? Police officers and city council members are working with practitioners, notably Owen Covill, to find some kind of middle ground.

Who’s Owen Covill? Well, he’s a respected, long time traceur from the UK and a member of TraceHQ, a UK group with a huge number of notable practitioners in its ranks like Phil Doyle, Teige “Teghead” Mathews-Palmer, Daniel Ilabaca, David Sedgley, and Olivia Rowlands. I think if anyone has the Parkour community’s wants at heart it’s Owen and company. Hopefully a happy medium can be found quickly.

A video of Owen training, from way back in ’05-’06.

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Here’s Looking At You Kid…

Wait wait wait, that ain’t right! I hate the OC!

But I am saying goodbye…sort of. It’s officially the end of my college fall semester and thus ends the class and the reason I originally made this blog. Fear not loyal readers! I do not have plans to abandon this blog yet. Though buildings may crumble, storms may rage, and Parkour be outlawed, I shall continue posting. It may just be a little more sporadic than it is now.

So stay tuned folks! We’ve gone too far and too fast to stop any time soon!

Now here’s the video I REALLY wanted to show!

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Dancing With Walls

Long time Parkour practitioner Naim released a new video the other day. Though it isn’t spectacular (and there’s not a flip to be seen) you should watch it. Now.

What I really like about this video is that, when I imagine “Parkour”, this is a lot like what I picture in my head. Even though you aren’t taking the most “efficient” path in terms of speed and economy of energy or movement, you’re still cutting a forward path through the obstacles, constantly moving.

I don’t make much distinction between “Freerunning” and “Parkour” but, in my eyes, this video highlights the fundamental difference. When using your movement to “Free Run” you’d probably be backtracking, switching, adding extra motions to make the most of the environment itself. When moving for “Parkour” you’re using the environment to lay down a new path, looking for skill, power, speed, and fluidity; if the motion requires extra spin so be it but you don’t go out of your way to make it happen. It happens as part of the overall whole.

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Conditioning: To Do or Not To Do

It’s become one of the most heated hot button issues in the PKFR world, right up there with “Are Parkour and Freerunning the same?” The debate, of course, is whether physical conditioning, outside of the activity generated in day to day training, is needed or even necessary to excelling in PKFR. I’m going to buck traditional writing and give you my answer right off the bat.

Physical conditioning is NOT needed to train in PKFR. It’s NOT even needed to get good at it or to excel either. But it is STILL NEEDED ANYWAY.

Why? Continue reading


Feature Story: Teaching Certifications

Rafe Kelley teaching in Seattle. Image courtesy of Parkour Horizons. (EDIT: Parkour Visions)

When it comes to teaching Parkour and Freerunning to beginners, it seems there are a few standard pieces of advice that all practitioners give out. Things such as “Always start small, always train safe,” and “Don’t do something if you’re not 100% comfortable with it,” or “Try to be polite and don’t start fights with cops and authority.” These are great bits of wisdom, but, there is one phrase that can’t always be counted on. And that phrase is, “Try to find a good, experienced practitioner to learn from.” The problem with this advice is that it’s incredibly objective. What makes practitioners “good”? How long must they have been training to be considered experienced? What makes them good teachers to begin with?

PKFR is young, still relatively unknown, and can be likened to the American Wild West. There is no governing body, no set rules, and little structure. There are only the founders, a few “experienced” people, and things agreed on by the majority of practitioners, most of it done online and with little to no record of the event. If someone wanted to start a class teaching Parkour there is nothing to stop them from doing so. They could be complete novices with no idea of the history or ideas behind the discipline. They don’t even have to be certified in any kind of physical activity, not even as a personal trainer. All they have to do is walk into a gym, present the class idea, and if it gets approved, they’re set.

But now three organizations are trying to change that. American Parkour, Parkour Generations, and the British Parkour Coaching Association are all working separately to come up with their own version of a Teaching Certification for Parkour and Freerunning. They are in varying stages of development, from planning to almost completion, but they all have the same idea in mind: ensure and protect the safety of new practitioners in a discipline that, in the wrong hands, can easily lead to frustration, injury, and possibly even death. Continue reading