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in my attempts to recruit more people to parkour and in particular our club i have found that the biggest obstacles are peoples fears and self imposed limits. ” i have an injury” ” i’m not that physical or athletic” ” that stuff is too dangerous”.  recognizing limits and excuses are not the same thing. realizing an injury and the restraint in activity needed to heal or prevent further damage is a skill in its self.  a balance between patience and desire must be struck. this is the basis for safety and development when practicing most any activity. if you join us for a work out and spend the time trying to impress or keep up you will not come back a second time. if you spend your time with us listening, watching and doing what you can within your limits safely, you will realize ways to work around injuries, ways to build skill, and that it’s only as dangerous as you allow it to be. since we here at darkburg have a no competition mentality we will not be judging your performance in comparison to anyone else’s. we also for the sake of safety insist that you respect your capacity. you’ll find these to be principles of “good” martial art and yoga schools.

if you are truly interested you’ll work through your limits. it’s those of you who write it off before even allowing yourself to entertain the idea of being a doer as opposed to a watcher or talker. the only thing that is really stopping you is you. give it some real thought and if you decide you’re just not into it then let it be cause you’r not and not because you “can’t”. while in life sometimes “just can’t” is why. but be honest that’s usually due to circumstances beyond your control. like serious injury or handicap or imprisonment or death.  so your choices are really only, i’m  just not interested or i’m a paraplegic prisoner of a foreign dictator or dead. and of course the final choice is joining us and begin a journey that can only improve life…… the decsion is all yours……

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Quiggz shot and edited this great video featuring Gabe Streisfeld called “A Day in Philly.”  We at Darkburg feel this is an exceptional video demonstrating not only some really good flow, but also showing parkour in a more realistic light. (There are no flips or roof to roof jumps, etc.)  So here is the link for any and all to enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lNU2zRJBuQ

After seeing the above mentioned video, The Philadelphia Inquirer decided to do a story on Philly parkour.  They interviewed Gabe as well as Ty Soehngen, both recent high-school graduates and pillars of the Philly parkour community.  Here is the link to that article online: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20090616_Parkour_gaining_popularity_in_Phila_.html

It’s only a matter of time before Harrisburg gets some exposure, so let’s keep practicing and be ready to represent.

 as we use the blog to communicate with the public we will no longer discuss outing news on the blog. that info will be reserved for our facebook site which is open only to members. on the blog we will share info we feel best reflects the club and its philosophies. this is both to limit how much work on the computer n8 and todd have to do and will allow the blog to be primarily a resource for the curious and or new comers that we hope to lure into joining the club. the club is free and only requires attendance to at least 2 outings a month. if interested in checking us out e mail us at darkburg@gmail.com.

we as a club have been doing our best to send people to places on the web were they can see parkour in action. with the use of this blog we hope to provide an easier way of doing this.

let me see if i can make some sense of it for you visitors seeking clarity. first off parkour is a slang term from french that correctly is spelled parcours. parcours means obstacle course. in the late 80’s some french fellows developed a group of techniques for a game they liked to play they called parkour. or obstacle course. this was in reflection of their environment and the influence of the natural method. the natural method is a work out philosophy designed by george hebert circa 1902 to help the french military.  this work out encompasses all facets of human movement. you can still find the natural method being practiced today. i suggest googling it or looking on you tube for it. the philosophies of the natural method and parkour are very similar. the main idea is that “to be useful one most be strong”. but not just physically also mentally. the skills developed by the practice of parkour lead to a better understanding of the body and what it’s capable of. that leads to more confidence  as well as being healthier, stronger, faster and more aware of space and the options we have in  that space should the need for options arise.

if you are  interested in yoga or martial arts as compared to going to the gym or playing a main stream sport then i would bet you prefer activities that are life style oriented as opposed to competition based. parkour is exactly that. a life style based art of movement which if practiced mindfully like yoga or martial arts can begin to open spiritual pathways. i find a combination of the three to be the way to go. using yoga as a base for physical development and maintenance, kung fu (in my case) as a way to develop my naturally acquired weapons or defense capabilities and parkour as a way for me to read and understand the best possible path for flight or escape. never mind the fact that any one of these arts develops extreme physical prowess the combination will lead one to being the most complete human animal. adding meditation which is part of yoga and martial arts and  in my opinion will find its way into parkour to ones training is what builds the spiritual bridge to the application of these arts in life. meditation is also the best way to develop control of breath, heart rate and emotional reaction to any situation or scenario. hence the idea that these are life style arts as opposed to something done over lunch break  or in the months leading up to bikini weather. if you want to loose weight, get or stay fit, find deeper purpose, fill spiritual or emotional voids or just be the best you, you can be, any one or combination of these arts will help to pave the way.

i hope this helps to clarify what parkour is for us here at darkburg. and remember anyone can do this if you don’t check it out you’ll never know you can. there is no competition there is no judgement. only personal development and communal sharing. find your inner spirit and let it out.

percision practice. bar to bar over the top bar..

precision practice. bar to bar over the top bar..

balance training

balance training

finally some pics.