What is Parkour, you ask? Free Running?

We asked Justin Sheaffer, a former aspiring Olympian in gymnastics and 2009 graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School who recently placed 3rd at the “X3M Parkouring Championships” to explain. He brought a group of friends including Josh and Joel Lobeck to demonstrate the finer points of this growing sport & art.

DISCLAIMER: THE ATHLETES IN THIS VIDEO ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND PERFORMED ALL OF THE STUNTS AT THEIR OWN RISK. ANYONE WISHING TO TRY THIS SPORT SHOULD SEEK PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (SEE BELOW). VIDEO FROM THE ROOFTOPS WAS PROVIDED BY THE ATHLETES AT THEIR DISCRETION. ALL OTHER VIDEO WAS SHOT IN PUBLIC LOCATIONS.

For more information about Parkour and Free Running, you can email Justin Sheaffer at teamtranquil@yahoo.com or visit the Team TranquiL website HERE. Thanks to Justin Sheaffer and TranquiL Movement for the many video clips. The music is “Kickflip” by Covox and you can listen to it by itself or download it for free here:

 

6 Responses to Qu'est que c'est Parkour?

  1. Claire Garcia says:

    This is so cool~! I write this from Paris, where Parkour is big among people who might otherwise be skateboarding (one advantage~ it does less damage to public and private property :-) ). Thanks for sharing the clip, and congratulations~introducing Colorado Springs to this growing urban sport, and congratulations to Justin. Claire Garcia PS I loved the music, too~

  2. Joyce Cheney says:

    Yikes! Please add a crawl that says “Until you, too, have been doing this for “many, many years” wear at least a helmet.”

  3. chrisN says:

    Whoa, that is fun to watch but must be a blast to do!

  4. Mary H says:

    Guess I won’t be showing this to my son any time soon. Don’t the constabuary get upset?

  5. Noel Black says:

    For the record, the rooftop video clips were provided by the athletes and all other video was shot in public locations. And as Justin Sheaffer says in the video, they are all both highly trained an incredibly careful. That said, it is dangerous and we would advise anyone interested in this sport to enroll in classes. The young men in this video all teach at Aerials gym and Art Sports.

  6. Mike Procell says:

    Damn, wish I could do that! But I don’t believe I’ll be trying this at home or anywhere else anytime soon.

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