Every ending is a new beginning

Hello everybody!

So, here it is – my last post. What have I learned during these 14 weeks? Actually, I think that I have learned a lot of new things, and for sure they will be helpful in my future. To start with, I spent a lot of time shooting videos, and it was very fun. Also, I practiced editing a lot, while creating short videos for the blog. Interviewing skills are worth mentioning too. In addition, I have never used twitter and other social media sites a lot, but during the last 14 weeks I had a chance to learn how to work with this kind of sites. Social media may seem not very important, but actually, it is important, because these sites can be very helpful and useful for journalists. So, I have learned a lot while working with this blog, but what have you learned while reading it?

So, the first post was about the blog and it’s purpose. I wanted to answer the following question: “Is there parkour in Bulgaria?” But a few weeks later I changed it a little bit and made it more local – “Is there parkour in AUBG?” And the answer is “Yes,” but off course there are not many people interested in parkour here. The second post was about me, and how and why I started doing parkour. From the next post I started telling you about parkour, so in the third and fourth one I explained what parkour is and what “pure” parkour is. The fifth one was about my first training for the last year and about one AUBG traceur – Fahed El Zaher. The 6th post was about “BBC 5 shot rule” that we have learned about at the lesson. In the 7th post I told you about extreme sportsman’s perception on the parkour. The post after that was about history of parkour. Next one was midterm’s post. I told you about latest freerunning competitions in Santorini there. 10th post was similar to this one – review of everything written in the blog. In the post after that one, I told you about freerunning – a very close to parkour activity. The post number 12 was about what we learned in the class – storify.com and thinglink.com – sites that can help you to tell your story. In the 13th post I compared parkour and freerunning. In the 14th one I told that everybody can learn to do parkour, despite age, gender, and fitness. So, you have learned a lot about parkour.

Also, in this post I would like to tell you about Konstantinos Giouzakov – freshmen at AUBG. I found out that he is interested in parkour, and he has even started doing it, so I was very interested in interviewing him.

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“For the first time, I saw parkour on the tv. Basically, Jackie Chan movies. The way he was surpassing obstacles, jumping from walls to walls, while performing some stunts simultaneously, made me more than fired up to begin doing the same. However, it was not before I watched another movie, Yamakasi, that I became a fan of Parkour.”

That is what he told me when I asked him how did he become interested in parkour. Also, he told:

“In Greece, freerunning made it’s debute pretty recently. I use to practice it for few months with friends of mine, back in my hometwon. Basically, we were climbing on different building using pipes and other extreme ways.”

So, I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. If you did, follow me on twitter and like my Facebook page!

Every ending is always a new beginning!

Also check out my lates video!

Who can do parkour?

Hello, readers!

I think that by now you already know enough about parkour to have some opinion about it. So, if you are among those people who like this activity, you probably think in the following way: “Well, I like parkour and I would love to be able to perform all those parkour elements, but I am not strong enough/too old/out of shape to start doing it.” But the truth is that the only thing you need to start doing parkour is an interest and a desire to learn.

The parkour stuff you see in different YouTube videos may seem impossible to learn, but it is only a tip of an iceberg, as usual parkour training does not consist of very difficult elements. It usually consists of different exercises, which are helpful in learning parkour elements, and there are many exercises for beginners that do not require very good physical condition. Actually, parkour is a great way to get one. By dong parkour, you can get into good physical shape very fast. So, if you interested in trying parkour, don’t be afraid that you are too weak or fat, as there are many easy basic elements and exercises you can start from and progress gradually. Check this thinglink out to see some good exercises!

The same goes for a person’s age. Here is a great video that will probably convince you that you are not too old to do parkour. It is about 47 years old man, who does parkour.

Isn’t it impressive? And of course women can do parkour too. There are tons of videos on YouTube that can prove it and here is one of them.

So, if you want to try parkour, don’t be afraid, go for it!

Read more about parkour next week! Also don’t forget to follow me on twitter and facebook!

Are parkour and freerunning different?

Hello everybody!

It’s Tuesday again, and here is a new post. How was your weekend? I hope it was good! As for me, I spent Sunday evening shooting a video and here is a result, check it out! 🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed it!

So, today I would like to continue the previous week’s topic and tell you more about freerunning. Particulary, I am going to show you how it is different from original parkour. Let me remind you what it is. Original parkour’s idea was about usage of your body in order to help somebody in some emergency situation by moving from point A to point B by running, jumping, vaulting in the most efficient and safest way possible. It does not have to be something beautiful and actually about 70% of this kind of parkour consists of running. So, here is a video of a French traceur. It is a great video that, in my opinion, shows how original parkour looks like. It might be not very impressive if judging it by the presence of some massive and dangerous jumps but it is actually the point of this activity. 

So, this type of parkour actually has some rules: it should be efficient and it should have point A and point B. As to the freerunning, it does not have any strict rules. People who practice it are free to move in any way they can imagine: it can be efficient movement through the environment and at the same time, it can be a combination of different acrobatic elements, spins, vaults on some spot. The point of it is more esthetic: to use your imagination and create some nice movement or tricks. I think the following video is a great example. It is very impressive, it shows a lot of crazy jumps and flips. A lot of famous freerunners all over the world took part in filming it.

So, what activity do you like better? As to the person I’ve interviewed this week – Michal Bezler, ELI student, freerunning is more amusing. I asked him about the media source where he saw it for the first time and here is what he told me:

“From the internet – YouTube videos, maybe from news, but mostly from the internet. When I saw it for the first time it was like… it was cool, yes, and probably very fun. Also a little bit strange, cause in everyday life you see people walking around and this was something new…”

Also, he told me about him coming across freerunning at his home country:

“I’m from Greece. And every year, I know, we have parkour tournament at one island – Santorini. I’ve never saw it in real life, but sometimes I saw it on news.”

Read more about parkour next week. Also follow me on twitter!

Learning new

What’s up readers!

Today’s Multimedia Journalism class at AUBG was very productive and we have learned a lot of new things. Check my first story that was made at storify.com out! It is about Red Bull Art of Motion in Santorini this year. The main point of storify.com is the ability to use other peoples tweets and posts from different social media to help you tell your story. https://storify.com/ParkourInBg/art-of-motion-2014  And here is another story about freerunning – https://storify.com/ParkourInBg/what-s-freerun

Also, we have learned today how to work with thinglink.com. Here is the result https://www.thinglink.com/scene/588734525362667522

What’s Freerun?

Hello dear readers!

It’s been a while, but here is a new post!

So, today I would like to tell you about one activity that is very close to parkour. It is called freerunning. How is it different from parkour? Well, the main difference is the following: while parkour is usually defined as the most efficient and fastest way of getting from point A to point B by lipping, jumping, running, climbing, freerun is mostly focused on esthetic part. Freerunners do not move from point to point and they can move either efficiently and not efficiently. So, it means that freerun does not have any rules at all. Freerunners can be very creative and move in the way they want. Sometimes it can look even like dancing with obstacles. Freerun encourages practitioners to use their imagination to create and perform some new acrobatic elements.

So it is different from parkour, it has different point, but actually, there are a lot of practitioners who do not think that parkour and freerun are different. They believe it is the same activity but different names. So, where did freerun come from? In my latest post about parkour history, I’ve told you about the first parkour group called “Yamakasi”. But where there ever any groups with people being in harmony with each other and being agree on all issues? I believe that the answer is no. So, there were some disagreements on the way of looking at the parkour and two leaders of the group – Sebastien Foucan and David Belle went different ways. David Belle now is usually called the founder of parkour and Foucan the founder of freerun. The name “freerun” was created occasionally when Sebastien Foucan was working on documentary called “Jump London”. It is a great documentary that helped to popularize parkour and freerun all over the world.

Also today I would like to tell you about Egor Mikheev, freshman at AUBG. He was doing parkour for 1-2 years some time ago and he shared with me some experience. When I asked him why did he do parkour he told me: “I’ve always liked the idea of parkour – freedom of movement.” Also, I asked him why did he stop doing parkour. That’s what he told me: I’ve stopped doing it mainly because I have moved and also I’ve injured my self. I ripped my lower lip and cracked my tooth. So, I kind of stopped doing it.”

Also Egor helped me to shoot this short video. Nothing special, but worth checking out!

If yo want to find out more go here and watch some nice videos! And here are “The Mouvement International du Parkour” members, who were parkour founders.

Midterm blog post

Hello readers!

It has been one and a half months since I started this blog, so I would like to sum everything up.

My first two blog posts were mostly about parkour definition. Now, after interviewing several people who were not traceurs, I can say that all of them defined parkour as an extreme sport. For example here is what Alexey Nazarov, ELI student told me: “Ticks, backflips, front flips, jumps from one roof to another. Yes, of course it is an extreme sport. I saw a lot of videos on the internet and I have a few friends who are doing this sport and it is really extreme”.

In my first two posts I tried to explain that it is not 100 present truth, as “we can’t say what parkour exactly is and what it is not, as each athlete here sees the activity from his own perspective and trains in his own way”. This means that there are no official rules in parkour and each practitioner is free to train in his own way. “Parkour can’t be easily defined, as unlike sport activities it doesn’t have strict rules and limitations”. Also, I’ve tried to explain what was the purpose and definition of parkour in the beginning: “a movement from point A to point B in the safest and the most efficient way possible by running, jumping, climbing, and performing other acrobatic elements which are suitable for particular environment.” I told that there are athletes who see the discipline in the same way today and what they do is usually called “true” or “pure” parkour. Also, I wrote a little about philosophical part of parkour: “everyone is equal here, despite age, gender, nationality, skin color, and there is no one who is the best or the worst. The only person traceur should compare himself to is his self in the past”.

My third post was mostly about conversation with one of a few AUBG parkour practitioners – Fahed El Zaher. It was very interesting for me to find out about his perception of this activity. He told me: “well, the real definition of parkour is the most efficient way to get from one place to another but I’d rather define it as like having fun and feeling free”.

The last post I wrote was about parkour history: “it is hard to define exact moment of the birth of parkour, but it seems to me that the starting point was French naval officer Georges Hebert noticing the movement of indigenous people in Africa through the environment.” In that post you can find out how did the art of movement traveled from indigenous Africans to the streets of almost every city on the earth.

Read more about parkour next week!

Check this video out!

Red Bull Art of Motion 2014

Hi everyone!

Here is my second post here for today. Our professor gave us an assignment to write a blog post about recent parkour news. So, what had happened recently in parkour world? Well, the first thing that comes to my mind now is Red Bull Art of Motion 2014. The best freerunners in the world came to the island of Santorini, Greece to take part in the every-year competition just about a week ago. The winner was Dimitris Kyrsanidis, who gave a great performance for a 19 year old. “I am speechless. I don’t have the words to describe my feelings. I can’t believe I took first place” – said Dimitris. http://www.offradio.gr/blog/greek-conquers-red-bull-art-motion-2014 I showed the winner’s video to one of the AUBG parkour practitioners Daniil Butorin and he said: “It was pretty amazing. The winner – the Greek guy was very cool”. Another person that saw Red Bull Art of Motion 2014 is Fahed El Zaher, whom I’ve interviewed a few weeks ago. He told me that: “The first place winner was guy from Greece. His name is Dimitris. He pulled out some really good stunts.” Both guys told me that this show impressed them a lot and motivated to train more.

I hope the shows and events like Red Bull Art of Motion will influence more people all around the world in a good way and will motivate people to try parkour and freerunning.

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