“Patch Adams” Parkour

Post date: Battleship – 2/23/2017
Qs: Hoff- Battleship; Stik – Ruck Training
Pax: Patch, BtB, Venus, Last, THE Ratt, Jelly Bean, Double Check

This post and backblast is devoted to brother Patch, as he made the … OK, maybe not the ultimate sacrifice … but nonetheless a sacrifice of some degree (an open wound on the thumb) to the success and now mythic legend of F3CapeFear’s inaugural Parkour training.

Parkour traces its roots back to pre-WWI (quiet, Last) to an eccentric French Naval Officer who observed how African tribesman swiftly and efficiently navigated their natural surroundings. (This officer noted, “their bodies were splendid, flexible, nimble, skillful, enduring, and resistant but yet they had no other tutor in gymnastics but their lives in nature.”)

Fast forward a couple decades and the discipline – whose aim is to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible – has become a staple part of French military obstacle course training.

Individuals who do Parkour are called traceurs. Parkour has been popularized in modern times through the James Bond movie Casino Royale:

Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZxNbAwY_rk

(A side note, I credit my oldest daughter’s agility to early parkour training I did with her in ILM’s urban landscape when she was a small fry. There were some hairy moments (maybe even child-endangering), but I truly believe she developed a keen sense of spatial relations by being put into complex situations and having to find her way – gracefully – out.)

To complement the philosophy of parkour, here’s how it unfolded in a sort of stream of consciousness, never-thinking-about-one-obstacle-too-much-or-challenge-too-big but rather thinking beyond such things to the aesthetic of movement and envisioning the finish as if it’s already behind you … begin with wall walk on Hilton retaining wall, run south on Water Street to Riverwalk, hop up on free-standing bar stools (all three) with combat roll (opposite shoulder, opposite hip) at end, run up hill at Pilot House, up over wall at Lattimer House, run down Third Street, up over small driveway wall, up Market street to old Law Enforcement Center, up over side wall into open interior, butt slide across small metal picnic tables, up Princess Street to side wall run-and-jump, over to public parking deck next to Library and run and jump on retainer walls x3, then dynamos on park benches, over to Wall of Pain, up and over, full speed over Third Street Bridge to lower area of CFCC and climb stone walls X3 and back down, over to CFCC parking deck and stairs X1. Head back to AO for 5-minute Mary.

COT

Prayers for Foxtrot’s friend, recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
Prayers for EPO’s mother, recovering from back surgery
Prayers for Trolley Stop and M, as they find out their baby’s gender in utero
Prayers for the Pax, law enforcement, fire and military
Upcoming GrowRuck; see Hoff or EPO
March 4 @ 2:45 am ruck march to WB for 7 am post – see BtB or Stik

Moleskin

Have Patch show you his wound – it’s cool
Jelly Bean, dude, you need to get shorter for this parkour stuff
Nice job, ruckers, even though we worked harder. But that’s OK, I’m sure you can make up for it in your spare time.

Thanks for letting me lead ( I think) and thanks even more for following

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