Here is the Wikipedia definition of Parkour: a method of movement focused on moving around obstacles with speed and efficiency. Originally developed in France, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping. Parkour practitioners are known as tracers.
Here is my definition of Parkour: Doing crazy stunts, throwing yourself into things, jumping over stuff, basically being reckless until you break something or injure yourself or someone else.
Here are some pictures of the tracer yahoos in action:
Please note that we were SUPPOSED to be putting up the outside Christmas lights when all this was going on. Ask me how much we got done? No, on second thought, don't ask.
I love that in most of these pictures, my little Chipster is in the picture, trying to get off the ground. He has the will, but maybe not the means to do some of these crazy stunts. The one of him by the front door, standing on the window sill and leaning on the column just cracks me up! He is an up and coming tracer for sure! Also, please note that Harry was able to climb up the outside of the house pretty far, but could not figure out how to get down. Boys!!!!
So, Hubby is scaling buildings, leaping into trees in a single bound, basically wowing the boys with his agility. Then he leaps out of the tree, gets his leg stuck in a step ladder on the way down and damn near breaks his ankle. He did manage to escape unharmed, although I do think he damaged the ladder. He is hard on ladders.
After, all the parkouring had settled down, Hubby goes to get the mail. Do you know what happened? He jammed his thumb reaching into the mailbox and dang near ripped his thumb nail in half. Comes home bleeding and cussing. So to recap...he climbs up the exterior brick wall to the second story of the house with only his hands and spiderman skills, scales trees, leaps and touches rooftops, runs on the side of walls, but he gets injured getting the mail.
Next day, we take the boys to JumpStreet and they are going to try out some parkour moves on the trampolines. Looks like fun, so Hubby joins them for the first time. He pulls a hamstring. Seriously.
Me....I am just shaking my head.