The Roll 
Traceurs use this technique alot. This is used if they have to much forward (or sometimes backward) momentum. If you land at a dead stop you may hurt yourself from impact so they roll to take down impact and to stop themselves falling on their faces. However a parkour roll is not the same as a gymnast roll, or a somersault.

A somersault is when your roll directly down your spine. If you use this at high speeds and on concrete then it can hurt your back extremely badly. A parkour roll is when your roll on one of your shoulders and go down to your opposite side/hip. This makes sure you don't hurt your back.

A good way to start with this is in a grass field, or a park. You can attempt first try on concrete but be aware it will hurt. First get into a squat and put your hands down infront of you. Then tuck one of your arms under you and roll. With this you should be able to get a roll on your shoulder which is exactly how you should do it. If you do it wrong then try again until you get it right. Thats why you should practice on grass until you get it right. Good luck.

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The Landing 
The landing is very important in parkour. If you have a bad landing then you HAVE to correct it. It is very important that you learn and memorize this move to the point of where you don't have to think about it. It can have long term effects if you do not do it correctly.

The landing consists of landing on the balls of your feet, coming down in a squat and putting pressure on the ground with your hands. Then pop yourself up. The balls of your feet are right before the toes of your feet and landing on them take pressure off of your legs and back. The squat will take down all the pressure, it will make sure that if you did land flatfoot that you curl onto your balls of the feet. Then slap the ground with your hands, this will make sure that you bend down all the way and puts pressure off of your legs and onto your arms. Quickly push yourself up, make sure you don't stay down for a fraction of a second. Then carry on.

If you have troubles and land flat foot, then you should try to exaggerate your landings on your toes maybe if its not that high of a jump. Make sure you get it down properly.

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Pursuading Parents or Gaurdians 
Alright, no we're not creating an evil plan behind your parents back, we're just trying to get them to understand and let you do this sport that we love.

All across the world, both with people I do know and people that I meet on forums, people are having trouble starting the sport because of their parents. Parents will usually let you work out but tend to give some resistance to parkour. Why? Because working out is more commonly accepted in modern civilization, and because it simply looks more dangerous to parkour than to work out. If for some reason you can't persuade your parents, then simply follow our workouts until you can.

Heres a couple of facts:
*The injury rate in American Soccer is higher than the injury rate of parkour.
*More long term damage could be done by working out in a gym than parkouring.
*Parkour is all about finding your own limit and slowly pushing it out.

Ok, so you have a couple arguments with your parents about starting parkour. Try to tell them the facts above. Try and show them a few things and how harmless they can be (like a rail, no buildings!). Tell them you'll be responsible (this better be true), and that you wont try anything too dangerous. Try to tell them that you will be careful, and if they dont feel comfortable with it after a week, then they can pull the plug.

Heres the catch. Everything that you say up there has to be true. You will be responsible if you tell them that. I don't like liars.. Keep away from doing parkour moves near them, it makes the self-conscious. Make sure not to hurt yourself or do any stunts first thing.

If you follow this then you should be able to pursuade them. Have fun.

(If all else fails, make them sign a conctract allowing you to parkour, while they're high, haha.)

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Introduction: Part 2 
Again: The concept of Parkour is to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible by overcoming obstacles using only the human body.

And of courseÖ Parkour can be a very dangerous sport if done wrong or
too fast. Be cautious with the sport and slowly advance in difficulty.
Please read our blogs carefully before attempting any of the things we
tell. We do not take responsibility for injuries, Iím sorry P

The first things youíll be learning will (of course) be boring, such as
work outs, balancing practices and stuff like that. One weíve conquered
that we will move onto vaults (donít worry if you donít know what it
means) and so on.

*Do not pursue this sport if you are pregnant.
*Do not pursue this sport if you experience back problems.
*Do not pursue this sport if you cannot take a few falls.
*Do not pursue this sport if you experience disease influencing breathing or other majors.

NOTE: If you do not experience all these or not overweight, i encourage you to follow this sport.

Iíll start next blog, see ya then.

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Introduction: Part 1 
Parkour, also known as free run, is a sport of balance and patience. Firsts first. If you have no idea what parkour is, and a friend mentioned it, and you want to try it, then go right ahead. But it your looking to show off, this is the wrong sport for you.

Parkour began in France. The concept of the sport is to get from point A to B as quickly as you can by overtaking obstacles using only the human body. This ends up becoming quite extreme and is often used for recreation. People do it alot of the time actually through their daily lives, like simply jumping over a low rail.

Anyways, enjoy our photos, videos and blogs.

Moderator: Jeremy, Iím 15. I do parkour and am a fan of the sport. Parkour rocks! Iíll give beginners lessons in the blogs. Start off small, End up big.

NOTE: Do not let the pictures or videos encourage you to jump off buildings. We accept no responsibilities for injury.

NOTE: Do not let the pictures, videos or previous note scare you from parkouring!!!

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