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How to Get Started with Pakour

Learn how to get started doing parkour in this Howcast parkour video with expert Ann Kaczka.

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My name is Ann Kaczka, I've been practicing Parkour since 2007. My first day training was with David Belle at the New Yorker festival. And since then I've trained solo in Thailand, climbing trees on the streets of London and Paris. And now I'm back in New York City. And today I'm here to talk to you about Parkour.

One thing to do would definitely be to take a look at videos online,take a look at tutorials and check out all the videos that you can just to see the basic movements and what would be the best, most sufficient way to train and get started. A tip would be just to find out how strong you are because allot of people don't actually know; Try a couple push-ups, try some pull-ups,try doing a couple little vaults/ precisions just to see how far you can jump. This doesn't mean going for your maximum, this does not mean jumping off of rubes- its just generally, find out how strong you are.

The number one thing is don't get discouraged. If you don't have a perfect pull-up or push-up, if you can't squat a million times in a day, don't get discouraged-its OK. The point of Parkour is to recognize where you are, build upon that base and progress.

If you wanted to try and find local communities in your area where people are already practicing, you can certainly do so. Do a Google search and try and find out maybe, if there is a community near you that is already established,has a couple people who have been training for a few years and they might be able to teach you, maybe show you some training spots and things like that.

One thing to always do especially, if your younger, first of all:Tell your parents exactly what your doing,inform them of your decision to train and always just be mindful; take your parents along if your younger just so that they can meet who you are training with and keep an eye on you because, if your a teenager, as independent as you are, your parents should always fully be aware of what your up to.

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