Ninja warrior in the making: The parkour advantage

I chanced upon an episode of “American Ninja Warrior” while browsing channels after my favorite show “The Game of Thrones.” As the contestants traversed a series of physically demanding obstacles, I cannot help but wonder if I could be one of those competitors. This is not just wishful thinking. As a parkour enthusiast, I believe I have an edge.

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Parkour is known to have begun as a military exercise measuring agents’ efficiency in getting from one point to another as quickly as possible regardless of obstacles or terrain. Currently, parkour is considered the art of traversing settings imbued with hurdles, sprints, and jumps, and has been visible in sports, dancing, films, and other stunt-filled spectacles.

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Parkour movements and stunts are every challenging to execute. It took all of my dedication and perspiration before I could master the basics. Parkour challenges one’s speed, stamina, agility, and strength, every move apt for the various stages of “American Ninja Warrior,” which pits contestants against each other, as each of them struggle to successfully complete such stages within the shortest time possible.

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Going back to becoming a ninja, I have reviewed previous episodes of the show and what I have seen so far impressed me enough to make me hesitant to even submit an application. I am an enthusiast but I consider myself a novice compared to the likes of Kacy Catanzaro who went for the 2014 finals. You might want check this video out to see how real parkour is done.

I might as well be dreaming about becoming a ninja warrior. Maybe I need to enroll in extensive parkour programs. For the meantime, I will maximize whatever chance I get to practice my moves and become better.

I am Brent Morgan Waco. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I work as a physical therapist. When I am not helping my patients recover from their injury or ailment, I spend time getting fit though yoga and parkour. Add my Google+ page to your circles if you wish to share my passions.


REPOST: Can this guy’s parkour skills save him from the zombie onslaught?

The new ad for video game ‘Dying Light’ appeals not just to zombie-hating gamers but also to parkour enthusiasts. In the video, a man jumps from rooftop to rooftop using his impressive parkour skills to escape a pack of chasing zombies. has the report on this adrenaline-pumping trailer:

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If there’s one thing TV and movies have taught us, it’s that surviving the zombie apocalypse requires quickly and skillfully getting out of tough situations.

In a video produced by Ampisound and directed by Scott Bass, hero runner Toby Segar uses his parkour skills to run from rooftop to rooftop in Cambridge, England, to try to escape the clutches of brain-hungry zombies.

For a while, his escape seems to be going pretty well, but those pesky zombies keep catching up with him or appearing in front of him. Then reality kicks in, and as he fails to make his final jump, he’s devoured by the zombie waiting for him below.

It was a good run for Segar, but it just goes to show that no matter how fast you are and no matter how good your parkour skills, pesky humans can only survive the zombies for so long.

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REPOST: Parkour site is given the thumbs-up

With more cities opening up new facilities for parkour, enthusiasts can have better access to a fast-growing sport that can potentially serve a cost-effective but equally beneficial alternative to gym-based exercise routines. Read the following story for more insights.

Parkour fans from across the Midlands came to Loughborough to enjoy the first Parkour Park in the area.

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HAILED as the only park of its kind in the Midlands, scores of free-running enthusiasts from Loughborough and beyond came for the opening of the town’s first Parkour playground.

Parkour is an urban sport, where participants use their entire bodies to jump, flip and crawl from one location to the next using the natural environment.

This can be from walls, rails, benches and bins.

The sport derived from the French, but in Loughborough, it was a small group called the Flowflys that really set the trend.

The council has been working with the group as well as Natural Sports and Jump Parkour to bring the bespoke park to the people of Charnwood.

It was officially opened at Southfields Park on Saturday, October 18.

Andrew Lloyd, known as Floyd and founder of the Flowflys, told the Echo: “It is amazing. The community will benefit so much from it.

“It is a permanent base for us and this will enhance what we have already got in Loughborough and will be a place to train and practice.”

The new park includes a number of obstacles and has been funded by £42,000 of Section 106 money, which is money gained from new developments.

Marcus Reader, managing director of Natural Sports, which builds Parkour parks, told the Echo: “It is very important. There is a big desire for people to train in Parkour.

“People have had the wrong idea in the past. There is an anti-social preconception about it, but it is the complete opposite.”

Dan Timms, of coaching organisation Jump Parkour, added: “Sites like this get to show people the community side of things and it is a safe place to train.

“We have got people all over the Midlands here from Derby and Rugby. This will be the destination park for the whole Midlands.”

Coun David Snartt, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, attended the event with Coun Hilary Fryer and Mayor of Charnwood Coun Paul Day.

He said “I am excited to see this new facility brought alive by the Parkour community and would once again like to thank the youngsters who helped us to create this space.

“We already have a small Parkour community within the borough and we hope this new facility will introduce the sport to even more people.”

I am Brent Morgan Waco, a fitness buff and parkour enthusiast. Follow me on Twitter to know more about how parkour works.