Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The world's their playground

Two nights ago I watched a cool documentary about the Yamakasi, the founders of Parkour (or Free Running). No, I have no idea of the documentary's name. So sue me. But what is Parkour? Well, since I'm pretty lazy today I'll let wikipedia explain: Parkour is an art form of human movement, focusing on uninterrupted, efficient forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one's environment.

So basically, these guys are a bunch of crazy, fearless, amazing guys that run, climb and jump, around cities and parks, showing us that all that stuff we see in movies and in comic books can actually be done. Really. You don't believe me? Watch these videos.

Anyway, what I loved about these guys (besides that they are truly gods in total control of their body and environment) is that for them, parkour is not a form of competition. It's a way to find inner balance. To flow and overcome obstacles in life. To trust yourself and the people around you. To learn to live your life in harmony. I just loved their philosphy and how they search for understanding and peace of mind in their own way. Isn't that what life's all about in the end?

Parkour is a growing sport/ philosophy. I'm sure there's still much to learn about this guys. Oh and by the way, we'll be able to watch James Bond chasing free runners in the up coming Casino Royale movie. How cool is that?

Catch you later, sinners.