PKC at American Rendezvous 2
This past week, Ryan and I (Albert) flew off to Columbus, OH to get the ADAPT certification from Parkour Generations and assist in American Rendezvous 2, hosted by Parkour Generations and Parkour Horizons ## ## . The course was a 3 day long program, with two 8 hour days of instruction and a day of assessment, which included both a written and a practical exam. Even though we have both been teaching for several years ourselves, Blane (Chris Rowat) and Dan Edwardes had a lot to teach us. This was a 3 day event (Saturday to Monday) where over 120 traceurs of all levels descended upon Columbus to learn from and train under coaches from Parkour Generations and the founders of parkour, the Yamakasi. Most of them were within driving distance of Columbus, so there were a lot of people from the East Coast who I haven’t had an opportunity to train with too much, and it was refreshing to see so many new faces who were enthusiastic about parkour. My personal favorite was by Dan Edwardes called “Breaking the Jump,” wherein he talked to a group of us about the psychological aspect of parkour and overcoming fear. Although this is one of those things that is always touted as one of the philosophical underpinnings of parkour, I think that many traceurs, at least the ones I’ve met in the United States, overlook it in their training. He told us that there is a specific category of training that they do in Europe that was essential to the manner of training of the original Yamakasi, which was a sort of fear training that is, finding a situation, a jump that is intimidating for whatever reason, and figuring out what it takes to push past it at that moment. At first, I thought, “We do this all the time, no big deal.” But Dan said that a “true jump,” or “saut vraille” in French, was the kind that no one has done before, that you don’t get to prepare for, that you don’t have an opportunity to find a progression for. Those are indeed rare. How many of you reading this considered training parkour but avoided it because of the fear of injury? Any active traceur has heard this from a friend: “Parkour looks so cool and fun but I would just hurt myself.” Even with all our mats and safety equipment, we still hear this excuse all the time.