The views and advice expressed in this post are that of one batshit crazy individual and are not related to that of G3-Radio or anyone else.  If you injure yourself in any way attempting anything posted below, G3-Radio are not to be held accountable and the blood lost/bones broken are due to your own stupidity and/or naivety.

Let’s begin!

So first of all, I want to highly recommend you ask/search around your area for classes in parkour.  Taking classes will make your whole parkour experience a whole lot easier.

As for those of you who do not have the luxury of an in-person training experience or simply would like some helpful information, please continue reading.

Now, as most of you who’ve spoken to me in the #G3-Radio IRC channel (visit it now or your life will forever be worth nothing) already know, I’m currently fairly in love with parkour.  It offers a unique experience and an empowering sense of freedom (as well as something to brag about).  If that sounds like the kind of thing you would enjoy then I’ll warn you before hand that what you are about to learn will change your life forever!

Okay, maybe I’m overselling this, but parkour can open your eyes to things you may never have noticed before 🙂 Anyway, lets get onto the real stuff.  Sit back, perk up your ears and prepare to learn.

Many people have this theory that parkour can only be done by elite athletes who have experience in gymnastics or martial arts.  So the first thing I will tell you is that this idea is complete and utter bullshit.  I’m sure many of you have seen videos of guys (or gals) with 6-pack abs and v-tapers clambering over rooftops and jumping over all sorts of things.  These videos are 1. awesome and 2. misleading.

Parkour can be enjoyed by anyone.  The level at which you perform however, depends on your capability and balls.  That’s right balls.  While a history in gymnastics and/or martial arts may help speed up the learning process of parkour, what it really takes is balls.

You need to be prepared to get hurt, to screw up and to break barriers – possibly bones too… Fear not though!  This first lesson is about preventing injury.

Lesson 1 – The parkour roll (Saftey roll/break fall/whatever).

1. Practise, practise, practise! – I’m telling you this beforehand because it is key to learning/mastering anything.  Patience is also important, you can’t expect to simply read some forum post and suddenly be jumping over skyscrapers.

2. Go to the links at the bottom of this post and watch those videos, they give good progressions for learning the parkour roll.  I’ve chosen two which I found most helpful, but feel free to search the web yourself and try others suggestions.  (Seriously…this is how I learned parkour)

3. This isn’t specifically to do with the roll, but you’ll want to begin exercising more often if you don’t already.  I did say fitness wasn’t key to doing parkour but the idea is that the fitness comes as you get better.  However, I’m mentioning exercise now because if you improve your body strength on the side, you’ll progress though the teachings of parkour much quicker. – I would almost compare this to starting a fire, you can rub two sticks together and make really slow progress…or you can prepare ahead and use a match.

Resources and things

Parkour roll videos:

Ryan Doyle has a pretty nice tutorial with all the progressions of learning the parkour roll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgPd29MlHpg

Another tutorial which I found more helpful was this one right here, watch it!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrabL28CS6w&list=PL2260B0C62242B3C6&index=8&feature=plpp_video

Other awesome links

ParkourGenerations:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ParkourGenerations/

These guys have a nice channel with some nice and basic parkour lessons, now I haven’t checked out much of their stuff yet but from what I’ve seen they have some good advice.

StrengthProject:
http://www.youtube.com/user/strengthproject

Another great channel who offer tutorials and advice on a variety of things, some to do with parkour, some b-boy, others gymnastics.  Great place to learn to handstand too (which can be really helpful with balance!)

TeamFarang:
http://www.youtube.com/user/teamfarang

Awesome group of traceurs who put out shiny videos but also tutorials on different tricks and whatnot – this is more to do with freerunning but who cares?  It’s still fun 😀 (Oh and one of them totally looks like danielisacrab!)

StrengthCamp:
http://www.youtube.com/user/strengthcamp

Not to be confused with strength project.  This one is a little different.  Elliott Hulse is, to put it plainly, fucking awesome.  His channel is devoted to becoming stronger, whether that be physically (which it mostly is) or even sexually (which it slightly is).  You want knowledge to do with weight training and building some dense – strong – muscle then this is the place to go.

End notes

So, I’ll leave you with this for now as I think that using some initiative and researching for yourself what you need to do in order to get involved in parkour will be advantageous in the long run.  (Also I don’t trust you with the temptation of some harder but more exciting tricks and skills before you’ve learned the PK roll)

If anyone has been patient enough to read through all of this then I think there is hope for you yet 😉  So thank you for enduring the mass amount of comma splices and mistakes I have probably filled this with and good luck!

Lastly, feel free to shoot some questions my way (reply) in regards to anything you want. Now go practise!

tl;dr

Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
What?
Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Come on!
Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Yeah


SilentSpike is a wise-beyond-his-years frequent listener to G3 Radio, who wrote this in our forums and has graciously allow it to be reproduced for the main page.

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