Guest Post: Parkour is Not a Crime

[Note: This is a guest post, from my little brother, Ryan Stauffer. He’s 17, and lives outside Pueblo, Colorado. As you will see, he clearly has a passion for Freerunning and Parkour. Slightly edited for brevity, I’m sharing an essay he wrote to help him spread the word here. -Ron] My name is Ryan Stauffer. I am 17 years old, and I am what you call a “freerunner”, or “traceur.” This means that I practice the art of Parkour. I have been training in parkour for over three years. It is my mission to show the true purpose of parkour; to differentiate between extreme movement and recklessness, and show you why I believe parkour should be an important part of every community. To begin, let’s look at what this art is: Parkour is the discipline of getting from point A to point B in the fastest and most efficient way possible, using only the human body and the environment. The goal of parkour is to get you over, around, or past any obstacles in your path. The modern name “parkour” is actually a variation of the french “le parcours,” though in its early days it was called “L’art du deplacement,” meaning “The Art of Displacement” or “The Art of Movement”. Movement, generally speaking, has been around since creation. However, in the later part of the 20th century; a group of people...

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