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Episode Info: In part two of the Making Athletes Podcast series, episode 14, Wes Kennedy talks to Dan Edwardes about the various movements involved in parkour. “Parkour is any movement that helps you overcome the physical task you’re facing,” says Edwardes, explaining that it’s difficult to break it down too much, though there are “family groups of movements” that are used as huge collections for the movements. “For example, jumping is one area,” Edwardes says, which includes learning the jump itself, and as well as the different attributes for the jump. Another category is passement, or vaulting. “It basically means when you’re running and you encounter and obstacle that’s chest height or lower, and you clear it in one very smooth motion,” explains Edwardes. It’s about clearing an obstacle and keep running The last category that Edwardes discusses is swinging, be it from a branch, bar, piece of scaffold, or anything else, onto another object. “We do that in order to teach people really, in order to give them a rough idea of the areas of movement, so that as a coach, you know you’ve covered all ...
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