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    Thumbs up David Belle and "Parkour": Hot Business

    If you guys haven't seen this guys yet, he's amazing. He's the foundder of "Parkour", which means obstacle coursing or the "art of movement", coming out of France. It seems more and more people are finding out about him, so don't get lost in the mix. Check him out.

    David Belle and "Parkour": Hot Business

    BBC commercial |
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=o3xAc9hdy...=david%20belle

    David Belle and "Parkour": Hot Business

    Clip from his movie "Banlieue 13" | A MUST SEE |
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=KZJDlYa57...=Banlieue%2013
    I realized the twins from "kiss of the Dragon" (Jet Li) are in this -

    http://www.le-parkour.com/
    His website. Cool thing is is I think he's an artist, too. I guess when you get frustrated with a piece, you just go jumping off buildings and crap like that.

    Have Fun and enjoy -

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    that second image would make a sweet painting!

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    Someone on CA "discovers" Parkour every few months

    I've been a Traceur for a few years now, and the amount of depth and complexity to the philosophy and training behind the media roofgaps is infinite. To sum up the history - David Belle's father first developed the movements of Parkour when he was fighting FOR the Vietnamese in the Vietnam war. After being captured by the French as a child soldier, he was taught French, taken back to Europe and there became an elite member of the military firefighter unit. He passed on the movements and techniques he learned to survive onto his son David Belle, who then adapted them to the urban environment.

    The goal of Parkour is to train your body to the point where you can move to whereever you need to be in any situation, as fast and as efficiently as you can. That might be in an escape situation, or a rescue situation - to avoid being shot, to get your drowning sister out of the pool, to get away from muggers, to get to work on time. But whatever the reason, you're training for speed and complete mobility no matter what the obstacle.
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    heres some russian parkour....
    That made that Prince of persia guy look like an amateur!

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    Sorry I haven't been the first to discover this on CA, but ah well.

    Ruzkin - thanks for that backgroung info. My brother started to explain it to me, but that's more in depth. Very interesting stuff.

    Nic- thanks for that link. I think I remember Marko drawing some of those guys when he went to Amsterdam or something like that.

    - Visions

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas
    wow that guy needs his own video game.. nuff respect

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    I'm trying to organize a group of traceurs in Boston. I wanted to do it a while ago, but never got real far. I found a few people who are interested, and we're going to start training soon.

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    looks like the kind of stuff jackie chan used to do when he was younger. just with more grace. i'm surprised hollywood hasn't made a movie out of it yet.

    so has here been any incidents of these guys missing a ledge when jumping off a roof?

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    Ah.Heng - Hollywood has hired Cyril Raefelli before, he was the twins in Kiss of the Dragon. The original Yamakasi team (Belles childhood friends) have appeared in a few films, including Yamakasi 1, 2, and the original Taxi. David Belle's first major role is in Banlieue 13, soon to be released in the US and UK with subtitles as District B13. Fuggin great action movie, zero plot but incredible action scenes, you've probably already seen one section floating around the net where Belle runs from men with guns down a hallway, swings through a small window in a door and later dives out a window.

    In the meantime, the now ostracised Sebastein Foucan (again, young friend of David Belle, now totally shunned by the original French scene for bastardizing Parkour in pursuit of moolah) will be in the opening scene of Casino Royale, the new Bond film. He's the black guy Bond chases across the crane. Finally, a film starring Jude Law called "Breaking and Entering" is centered around Parkour and is in post production at the moment.

    And finally finally... those Russian parkourists linked earlier are infact Latvian.

    Gah! Finally finally finally! There has never been a Parkour death, anywhere, ever. A major part of Parkour is pushing your boundaries but NEVER placing yourself in a situation of high risk. The big roof gaps you see are almost entirely media setups. When you're actually out training parkour, if you see a jump you're not 100% sure about, you just don't do it. This is why we're still alive.
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    Crap! You guys should do some of this in Montreal, if your going to the workshop!

    Whens Banlieue 13 coming over?

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    The FBI should hire parkour guys. No one could escape them!

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    I wonder what it would really feel to actually parkour in a city like London or Paris.

    Parkour and the New Zealand city scene really don't mix.

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    ruzkin- b13 I actually have that movie.. someone gave it to me.. really shitty movie but the actions sequences are pretty sweet... Especially when he's fighting that huge dude...
    Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd

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    Just watched the video link. They really need to lose that awful pseudo techno loop in the background. But the moves are awesome.

    I also just realized, French thugs don't sound very tough The language is too pretty. They sound like they're trying to seduce instead of intimidate. Hehehe!

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    So is "traceurs" the same thing?

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    a traceur is someone that does le parkour

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    Quote Originally Posted by qitsune
    Goo: that's because you never met one!
    Hehehe! Touche! I bet you would totally intimidate me, qitsune!

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    *snerk*

    JERI - if you think NZ is bad, try training in Canberra I hear Auckland actually has some really good spots.
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    Intense stuff! I actually found him awhile ago while "Tricking"

    I seriously would like to know how these guys practice those huge jumps.. one bad move and yer history!

    Also, i think the videos are somewhat unrealistic, there's that massive jump at the end which is humanly impossible, as well as physically impossible.
    With that kind of momentum, that height, the chances of your legs absorbing all that energy when you hit the ground are extremely slim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by claudeEGYPT
    Also, i think the videos are somewhat unrealistic, there's that massive jump at the end which is humanly impossible, as well as physically impossible.
    With that kind of momentum, that height, the chances of your legs absorbing all that energy when you hit the ground are extremely slim!
    Nope,those jumps are real......But don´t worry to much, is natural to douth something so "incredible" .The legs don´t absorb that energy by the way, that´s the secret .


    There a lot of videos about Parkour, more or less impressive, ckeck them out if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamagim
    The legs don´t absorb that energy by the way, that´s the secret .
    thats right. all energy is absorbed by their pinky toe. thats how tough these guys really are.

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    Yeah that second image would be great for a painting. This shit amazing i never heard of this before. I had a anti-system feel when watching the french guy and the especially the russian kids. Its amazing how incredible the human body is in overcoming obstacles. I think this is the most intresting out of all those x-treme sports (this is more art i think) out there because it just involves the human body. Ugghhh brain fart, i forgot what else i was gonna say.

    Thanks for posting visions, you helped me discover this today. And i agree that this is a work of art.

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    ruzkin - yeah I know what you're talking about, one of the guys that go to our forum is from Hamilton - he has absolutely nothing where he lives.

    claudeEGYPT - actually if you want to avoid injury you'd wanna have your legs absorb as little energy from the impact as possible. That's the purpose of rolling.

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    Hasn't this guy been hired for the new Bond film or something? If not its someone else whos pretty well known in the world of parkour, either way its nice to see it getting more recognition outside of BBC idents.

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