Sébastien Foucan about parkour and free running:
it’s not just a game. it’s a way of life.
the traits you display in life are the same traits you display in free running. the doubts and fears you have in everyday life are the same you find in the discipline of free running. in everyday life they can be more difficult to combat: free running is a way of fighting one’s fears and demons and then a person can re-apply this to life.
from D. Edwardes:
…to practise Freestyle Parkour is to seek fear on a daily basis, to confront it head-on, to face it naked and alone. In Parkour, you are stripped to your essence. There is no equipment to rely on, no safety harnesses or padding to protect you, no team mate to take the brunt when you are tired. It’s you, and you alone. The only things that prevent you getting hurt or injured are your skills, your judgement, your ability – no one else’s. Now that in itself is a great realisation; but it can also be a great burden. It is you and you alone who face your fears; other people’s theories have no importance whatsoever here. You cannot understand your fears according to Freud or Jung or anyone else – they are not with you when you cat-leap or drop and roll, they are not there when you vault. At those moments there is only you.
Parkour is movement, and all movement is connected to fear. It is through a principle known as fear-reactivity that our bodies learn at a tender age what not to do, how not to move, why not to fall. We learn to avoid pain and to seek comfort, and if we experience discomfort due to a certain action our bodies actually discourage us from trying that particular action again. Simply put, fear-reactivity is our conditioned pattern of behaviour involving movement, breathing and posture. It is “a learned, conditioned reaction to stress, shock or trauma. It embeds in each one of us; no one escapes it.”
moses/cable/blake on view at mdm mönchsberg july 4 and 5 at 5pm and 7pm