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Best Place to Parkour St. Louis 2007 - Six Flags

Six Flags

Six Flags

I-44 & Six Flags Road

Eureka, MO 63025

636-938-4800

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French foot soldiers are said to have developed the art of parkour while running, jumping and launching their bodies through the jungle canopies of Vietnam. Four decades later the acrobatic "sport" is all the rage among junior-high boys the world over. There are two things any pubescent thrill seeker requires for serious parkouring: 1) a sprawling venue with lots of light poles, utility boxes, trees and fences from which to catapult oneself; and 2) an audience young enough to appreciate said antics. That's why Six Flags is such a wicked place to parkour. The amusement park is chock-full of tweenage renegades who, once they become bored with the latest $15 million roller coaster, can impress their friends by hurling their bodies off a $15 trash can. Cowabunga, dude!
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are jay
are jay

i would think creve couer park would be great for parkour

MiniD
MiniD

No way.

Six Flags is waaaay to crowded to do Parkour in. Unless you love to showoff, it will be uncomfortable and awkward to do. I've even tried it myself, and it wasn't fun or relaxing at all.

reese kempter
reese kempter

me and my friends got from the superman to the pickup area in less than 5 minutes, we pretty muched parkoured to the hardcore lol

astarlia
astarlia

All kinds of no.

Parkour is based on the soldiers from Vietnam, but also from the methode naturelle by Georges Hebert. It was developed for an modern environment and given it's name predominatly by David Belle, but also by his friend Sebastien Foucan. It is a philosphy and style of movemen that emphasizes effieciency, working towards a goal, and using your skill to help others. All you need for parkour is a location. Any location. Pracitioners of parkour (traceurs) train in both urban and forest environment, learning to navigate effectively over all kinds of obstacles. Traceurs come in a wide variety of ages, with many being in their twenties. There are a lot of Parkour wannabes inspired by youtube who understand the crazy jumps but not the spirit - but these kids are usually interested in something else entirely.

What you refer to in this article is known as freerunning. It's similar to parkour, but different in that while parkour is about efficiency, freerunning is about showing off. While it can have a similar joy in movement to parkour, it does tend to attract those more intersted in showing off than improving themselves.

And lastly, a theme park seems like a terrible place to train. Security guards, lots of people, and having to pay to get in? not my idea of a good day out. My suggestion would be to try the city museum. never been there - but that place looks awesome!

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