April 24, 2008 3:55 PM

Berkeley Parkour Club

So yesterday I took my first parkour lesson. For those of you who don't know, parkour is a French sport which combines running and gymnastics in urban environments. The underlying idea is that our bodies can do much more than just walk around on a horozontal plane as we do everyday. Instead those who practice parkour, called "traceurs" try to find the most efficent way to interact with their physical environments.

This video shows David Belle - the founder of the sport - performing some really advanced and showy parkour for a BBC commercial:

The move that I was working on yesterday is called a speed-vault and David does it 37 seconds into the above video. You can see an example of a speed-vault more clearly in this video:

If you are interested in becoming a traceur as well then you should join the SF Parkour forums at: http://www.sfparkour.com/forum/ and join us at one of the weekly parkour sessions around campus. It's a fun way to workout and to make use of that mandatory student health-insurance.

Eric Thurston | Permalink | Comment on this article | Comments (1)

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Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun!

Posted by Tina | 2008-04-25

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