Tuesday, February 9, 2010

l'art du déplacement

If you're like me, you watched Lost tonight.  And if you're like me, you were too lazy to get up and do something else when it was over.  Thus I am sitting here watching a show called "The Forgotten".  So far the show is okay... I've never seen it before and probably not likely to watch it again (except if I am too lazy again next Tuesday).  The story tonight is centered around a guy that does parkour.  And if you are really like me, you're saying, "Parkour"?  Well, that's what I would have said until last fall when Pup #1 sent us these photos.




That's when I learned about parkour.  


My good friend, Wikipedia has this to say about parkour... 
Parkour (sometimes also abbreviated to PK) or l'art du déplacement (the art of moving) is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment. It is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, as if moving in an emergency situation. Skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves are employed. The object of parkour is to get from one place to another using only the human body and the objects in the environment. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures available such as buildings and rails.
I find it fascinating that this is essentially a discipline that you become successful in when you learn how to overcome obstacles.  It also conditions you not to trust your conventional thinking.  These are two lessons you can carry over into every category of life.  Now, actually ascending up the wall like Spider Man is something I will leave to my pup, but I love seeing practical principles being applied in other aspects of life.



How cool is that?  Like I said, not too much chance of me getting my hiney airborne, but I'm tickled Pup #1 enjoys it.  I'd love to see some in real life.  Guess I'll have to wait until the pup comes home.



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