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Parkour - the sport of show-off hipsters and crazy people

BearstranautBearstranaut Registered User
edited April 2009 in Social Entropy++
So I have to admit I am pretty enamored with parkour/free running/whatever, and have been learning some stuff and practicing almost every day, lately.

If you don't know what it is, here is the general idea
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jquXcwooV6A
There are some opinions about this ranging from it being "an art form" to "a bunch of punks hopped up on speed balls jumping around, climbing crap, and being general douchebags"

Me, I do it because it is fun, and kind of...well, you know,

bad ass



So far I have got this down:

The Kong Vault
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvX3U7bXMeY

and am working on this:

The Dash Vault
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MKWJhslKDo

I kind of hope to be doing these with grace in a couple weeks -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y55jAPfjoY&feature=channel


I intend to do a backflip by june.

So any of you sacks of shit down with this stuff, or is your opinion terrible

Bearstranaut on
You ever try and draw Falcor as a giant dong? No? It just ends up looking like a long cyclops.
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  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I could do that but I don't wanna

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  • FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    isn't this gymnastics
    hahaha fag
    Spoiler:

  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Neat, but I am not so sure if this would be worth bringing to a bigger group outside of the hardcore. I can just imagine the injuries.

  • BearstranautBearstranaut Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Each move is planned and thought out before you try - the goal is to eventually practice out a fluid run through your "course," which is of course wherever and whatever you want it to be.

    No equipment necessary, just your body.

    You ever try and draw Falcor as a giant dong? No? It just ends up looking like a long cyclops.
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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Neat, but I am not so sure if this would be worth bringing to a bigger group outside of the hardcore. I can just imagine the injuries.

    Thin the herd, I'm for it. No, fuck, socialised healthcare! I'm only for it if it kills them!

  • ascotascot Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Ugh, there's always a bunch of guys in the city centre at the weekends doing backflips of the fountains and stuff.
    Usually they do a bit of a thing and then stand around waiting for people to come and talk to them so they can start blabbering about the free runnner mantra.
    Such a bunch of cunts.

  • BearstranautBearstranaut Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Ugh.

    Those guys are just fishing for compliments.

    "Let's go practice in a public place - it will be bitching. I bet we'll get so laid."

    You ever try and draw Falcor as a giant dong? No? It just ends up looking like a long cyclops.
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  • Ness445Ness445 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I am both a crazy person and I love being needlessly ironic (I think it's hipsters that do this!) but I don't really see the point of fancy running.

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  • BearstranautBearstranaut Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Ness445 wrote: »
    I am both a crazy person and I love being needlessly ironic (I think it's hipsters that do this!) but I don't really see the point of fancy running.

    You could relate that to alot of things, though.

    I just chose pointless acrobatics over, say, baseball or something.

    You ever try and draw Falcor as a giant dong? No? It just ends up looking like a long cyclops.
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  • the wookthe wook Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    how many times have you eaten complete shit doing the dash vault? it seems like it would be really easy to catch a foot

  • RobchamRobcham Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
  • BearstranautBearstranaut Registered User
    edited April 2009
    I am covered in bruises. The most hilarious time was today though - somehow the picnic table had gotten all slippery, so when I went to punch off with my hands, they just slid - so I fly across the table at the speed of "oh god damnit"

    right into my friends crotch - like he had stepped in to catch me, but instead my dome just kind of pulverized his nuts.

    You ever try and draw Falcor as a giant dong? No? It just ends up looking like a long cyclops.
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  • ascotascot Registered User
    edited April 2009
    I think most people grow out of doing this when they're like 6

  • BearstranautBearstranaut Registered User
    edited April 2009
    next you'll be saying you don't crap yourself or play with legos.

    You ever try and draw Falcor as a giant dong? No? It just ends up looking like a long cyclops.
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  • Mister LongbaughMister Longbaugh Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    watching a fat man jump is the funniest thing ever

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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I can probably do all that stuff. I just don't wanna.

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  • StrayDogStrayDog Registered User
    edited April 2009
    This is kinda like MMA, where I met a few really cool dudes who were into it a few years before it got popular. And then the whole thing gets flooded with douche bags.

    I like seeing it in movies though. A lot of folks think those parkour chase scenes are pointless, but the fact that there's no film magic involved is pretty impressive. Very Bruce Lee-ish.

    Let me go down in the mud, where the rivers all run dry.
  • Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Parkour's not for porkers.

  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS
    edited April 2009
    I should really learn this for the eventual situation I find myself pursued by scary people/things.

    Being able to easily get past all kinds of obstacles would come to be pretty handy.

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  • Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS
    edited April 2009
    Well, it'll give you endurance and teach you how to climb/jump/fall without breaking your neck.

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  • Bendery It Like BeckhamBendery It Like Beckham Hopeless Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I side vaulted over a coal pit at the park... was about 5'4" 3 feet across with only about 6 inches of concrete thick around.

    Won 20 bucks.

    Then there was the one time I grabbed on to an 8 foot ledge of my high school gym and proceeded to climb to the top of it.

  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS
    edited April 2009
    Although I have to wonder, if I am not a little bit too old to take up something like this.
    I bet most of those dudes are around 19-21

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  • Panda4YouPanda4You Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    This thing is pretty hardcore isn't it? I imagine it isn't something you pick up for an hour, or maybe two, per week to get in shape.

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    This music is being (preemptively) removed from the public domain; it's being stolen from the people."
  • GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Parkour is almost always hilarious to watch. You see people doing it in any public place jumping over railings and shit while they're 4 feet away from a staircase. If you want to move around, just use that staircase.

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    so this is basically gymnastics but without the safety, control or willing audience of gymnastics


    Spoiler:

  • JyardanaJyardana Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I used to do parkour but ran out of options really quickly ( don't live near a city), so I started doing the flatland version: tricking.

    Whereas parkour is more about terrain, obstacles and maintaining speed and fluidity while overcoming them, tricking is all about martial arts and gymnastics while trying to look as much like a movie super hero as possible.

  • RocketScienceRocketScience Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Jyardana wrote: »
    I used to do parkour but ran out of options really quickly ( don't live near a city), so I started doing the flatland version: tricking.

    Whereas parkour is more about terrain, obstacles and maintaining speed and fluidity while overcoming them, tricking is all about martial arts and gymnastics while trying to look as much like a movie super hero as possible.
    I guess turning tricks runs in the family.

    I'm implying that your mother's a whore.

  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Jyardana wrote: »
    I used to do parkour but ran out of options really quickly ( don't live near a city), so I started doing the flatland version: tricking.

    Whereas parkour is more about terrain, obstacles and maintaining speed and fluidity while overcoming them, tricking is all about martial arts and gymnastics while trying to look as much like a movie super hero as possible.

    tricking?

    really?

    Do you ever just think about how awful that is and how awful you are?

  • DubhDubh BEST FRIENDS WITH FIRE Hudda!Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I fucking love Parkour, and have been practicing it whenever I get the chance. Learning on your own tends to provide an awesome variety of scrapes and bruises. But damn, you feel SO GOOD when you finally get "that move" right. Managed to start tumbling after decent falls all on my own. Still haven't figured out how to get my climb on on taller walls. Still a noob, but I'm definitely getting back into shape.

    The site I use:
    http://parkourpedia.com/

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  • JyardanaJyardana Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Jyardana wrote: »
    I used to do parkour but ran out of options really quickly ( don't live near a city), so I started doing the flatland version: tricking.

    Whereas parkour is more about terrain, obstacles and maintaining speed and fluidity while overcoming them, tricking is all about martial arts and gymnastics while trying to look as much like a movie super hero as possible.
    I guess turning tricks runs in the family.

    I'm implying that your mother's a whore.

    Yes well someone must pay the bills. Your father is an excellent client

  • ascotascot Registered User
    edited April 2009
    NotACrook wrote: »
    Jyardana wrote: »
    I used to do parkour but ran out of options really quickly ( don't live near a city), so I started doing the flatland version: tricking.

    Whereas parkour is more about terrain, obstacles and maintaining speed and fluidity while overcoming them, tricking is all about martial arts and gymnastics while trying to look as much like a movie super hero as possible.

    tricking?

    really?

    Do you ever just think about how awful that is and how awful you are?

    ahaha, oh NaC.
    God
    hahaha
    That was excellent

  • ZegunaZeguna Registered User
    edited April 2009
    One of my friends is really good at this stuff. He's also Asian, which is probably part of the reason.

  • VoranthVoranth MI NOMBRE, POR CIERTO ES DONTÉ!Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    it's cool and all in movies and stuff but, like

    how is this useful in real life at all

    the stairs are right fucking there, dude

    EDIT: and don't give me this bullshit "what if I need to outrun some highly athletic mobster kingpin drug smuggler" you live in your parents basement and work at blockbuster, this will not be a problem

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  • JyardanaJyardana Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    also, I'm not making up the term tricking.

    http://www.trickstutorials.com/

  • DubhDubh BEST FRIENDS WITH FIRE Hudda!Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Voranth wrote: »
    it's cool and all in movies and stuff but, like

    how is this useful in real life at all

    the stairs are right fucking there, dude

    EDIT: and don't give me this bullshit "what if I need to outrun some highly athletic mobster kingpin drug smuggler" you live in your parents basement and work at blockbuster, this will not be a problem

    The main point of Parkour is to get from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. If this includes using the stairs then, by all means, use the fucking stairs.

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  • MonoxideMonoxide Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    Voranth wrote: »
    it's cool and all in movies and stuff but, like

    how is this useful in real life at all

    the stairs are right fucking there, dude

    EDIT: and don't give me this bullshit "what if I need to outrun some highly athletic mobster kingpin drug smuggler" you live in your parents basement and work at blockbuster, this will not be a problem

    sometimes people do things because they find them fun

    not everything has to have a use

    also it probably gets you into pretty good shape, as running usually does

  • FirmSkaterFirmSkater Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Parkour seems like a sport criminals would want to learn.

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    this isn't a sport. it's running for douchebags.

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  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS
    edited April 2009
    FirmSkater wrote: »
    Parkour seems like a sport criminals would want to learn.

    Or people who want to have higher chances to survive in a post apocalyptic scenario.

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