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THE DAVID BELLE SCHOOL OF PARKOUR LIFE


Today, Parkour is part of our mainstream culture. YouTube and social media have made the sport available to anyone. It has never been more popular than today. Yet, it is easy to forget where the sport came from.


Parkour did not begin as a way to look cool, or impress others. If you have read our "History of Parkour" article, then you will know that the origins of the sport come from a desire to improve one's life.

The founder of the sport, David Belle, and the other members of the Yamakasi started training this way to improve their lives. They wanted to push the limits of their identities. They strived for breakthroughs in their personal development, not create a new sport.

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MASTER FOCUS ONCE AND FOR ALL


Follow sports long enough and there is a good chance you will come across the term “peak performance.” Sometimes athletes call this feeling “the zone” or “being in the moment.” No matter what the name, everyone knows it when they feel it.


The best way to describe this state of focus is to call it nature’s performance-enhancing drug. When athletes achieve this peak experience, everything else in the world falls away. You no longer need to think about what you are doing, you just do it. Achieving this state turns you into a human being with one purpose.

That purpose changes depending on the task at hand. If you are an athlete, you will excel on the field. If you are a musician, you will effortlessly find your groove. If you are a writer, you will churn out pages of content without thinking about it.

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THE BIGGEST SECRET TO INCREASE VERTICAL

 

So, your vault game is pretty tight, and you think you’re ready to work on some flips. One of the first steps to mastering flips is learning the art of blocking. If you haven’t read our blocking guide you should do so before reading this article.

 

Learning how to flip will take you awhile. There are several steps you have to master before you will start flying through the air. If you have a solid grasp of blocking but keep hitting the ground too early, then you’re starting to rotate too soon and you’re not lifting your core high enough.

 

As you saw in our previous post, blocking helps to create upward momentum. If you want to keep that momentum you need to delay your flip until you reach the apex of your jump. This is also true for wall spins. The longer you delay, the more height you will get.

 

This seems scary to amateurs. But if you are having trouble getting height it’s a fear you need to conquer. Ironically, delaying your rotation actually gives you more time.

 

How Does This Work?

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Rolling Like a Pro in 8 Steps


If you have read our other Parkour guides, you should be well versed in a variety of movements both simple and complex. You should understand basic vaults, blocking, rotation, and how to protect yourself when you bail.

Today we are going to discuss one of the most fundamental techniques in the game: rolling.

Rolling is one of the skills you need to master. There is no way around that. Unless you quit Parkour after a couple of days, you will need to roll. It is just not possible to be a good traceur without this vital skill.

It will save you from broken bones and broken dreams.


Why Do We Roll?

The first thing you need to understand is that rolling is not a flashy move. Yes, there are times when you might roll for flair, but these are few and far between.
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