Remember the cool guy in the latest Die Hard film… the guy that could run and jump in ways that seemed almost impossible? Remember the “free-running” in the opening scene in the semi-recent bond film Casino Royale?

This is a physical activity (or some say it’s an extreme sport) called Parkour or Freerunning (feel free to click on that link if you really want to know the difference between the two). Either is amazing.

If you really enjoy it, check out a French film titled B13. The film’s only so-so, but the free-running is amazing! (Typical Luc Besson produced stuff… like The Transporter. Very cool fight scenes… mediocre film.)

They guys over at Entertainment Weekly just posted a blurb about an upcoming MTV show called Ultimate Parkour Challenge. Dang! I might actually have to watch MTV!  (I block it in my house… never found anything even slightly redeeming on the channel)

Here’s a fun YouTube video about Parkour that the E.W. guys linked (the music is a little monotonous… but the Parkour is excellent)

(I just had someone email- at the very end of this video during the credits there is some foul language. I never watched the credits… but if you do, beware.)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Parkour

  1. Matt says:

    Just so you know the presenter (Daniel Ilabaca) of this new show is a christian, and he and his family attend my church (when hes in liverpool) and do amazing work with young people. so its vital we pray for him as God is really using him and Parkour in Liverpool, in the UK and in the world.