Thursday, 16 February 2012

Oldie but Goldie Hawn



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 Holy cow, 60 years for the idiot. 


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Bruno, you made me feel very gravity-oriented. Apparently after those videos appeared on the net a few years ago, this "sport" became famous, I think I even saw some kids practicing in a nearby park. I later found out that it's called Parkour and found the following:

"Crediting one person with the invention of Parkour is difficult to do. Firstly parkour has been around as long as humans have, natural efficient movement will have been used in prehistory when chasing or escaping.

Modern Parkour developed from Georges Hébert’s ‘Natural Method’. This was a way of improving physical efficiency by using different methods of movement to complete obstacle courses. The methods of movements included walking, running, jumping, quadrupedal movement, climbing, balancing, lifting, fighting and swimming. This method of training was used to prepare Hébert’s students for what he called the “Moral Requirements” of life in the most holistic way possible. In the same way, he believed, focussing on competition didn’t enable physical education to develop mentality and moral values.

David Belle who is widely regarded as the founder of Parkour was introduced to the Natural Method by his grandfather who had seen the method practised by French soldiers. Belle, along with friends Sebastein Foucan, Yann Hnautra and Laurent Piemontesi first practised what is now known as parkour in the late nineteen-eighties. Belle introduced the practising of the natural method in urban environments to a small community of practitioners who called themselves Yamakasi. This comes from the language of Congo, meaning strong spirit, strong body, and endurance."



I wouldn't have known a new piece of information like this without the internet. Even if I happened to watch some Parkour on VHS 2 decades ago, I think it was very unlikely I'll head to the library to research it, unless maybe i decided to become a Yamakasi at 13.
Free knowledge accessibility is the revolutionary concept of the internet. I'm delighted for having the opportunity to learn anything I want, just by clicking on a few buttons. Long Live Learning something new everyday.





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