Have you noticed what the active backpackers amongst us (who love extreme sports) have to carry around?! We always walk around with our backpack, hand luggage, snowboard, surfboard, skateboard….
But from now on we can leave our boards back home; the ‘Extreme Urban Sports’ like Freerunning, Urban Tricking and Le Parkour (PK) have finally reached The Netherlands. If you don’t know what it is, think of the movie ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ or a better example, Madonna’s musicvideo ‘Hung Up’.
The name parkour is a bastardization of the French le parcours d’obstacles, meaning "obstacle course”. The sport is part martial art, part art form, and part metaphor for life; the goal is to navigate urban obstructions in a graceful, and often acrobatic, way. If you come across a fence, you climb over it. If you pass a railing, you swing around it. Even walking backward along a curb could be considered parkour, if it’s executed well. What was once screwing around downtown has evolved into a sport with a distinctive philosophy — the ‘path of the traceur’, or simply ‘The Way.
The Way is the path of silence.
A good website for more information in general is www.foucan.com. To learn more about the Dutch freerunners, check out
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