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    Hi, I live in Queensland, Australia and I have been doing parkour lessons every Saturday for the last 5 weeks with the Brisbane Parkour Association. I’m relatively new to parkour and I got the urge to sign up for lessons after playing a game called “Mirror’s Edge”. I find it hard to work up the courage to go out to a park or something of the like and do some practice there. I’m not really ashamed of my body image or anything like that, I’m more worried about how the general public my react in what they might see as “vandalism”. I can’t really do too much practice at home due to having a flat, large, and generally obstacle free backyard. If anyone could help or give any advice, it would be much appreciated.


    Dan Dinu


    Thanks for taking the time to talk about your issue. You would be surprised how many practitioners have emotional drawbacks when training in Parkour. What’s even stranger is that most of them, attribute it to their [lack of] physical strength, not their mental attitude (i.e. “I’m not strong enough to train outside, in public.”).

    One of the most rewarding things in Parkour is the freedom that it provides. That feeling is sometimes suffocated by peer pressure or fear of losing your social status by being called a vandal.

    One of the most important things is to learn how to train for yourself, by yourself. The safety net of training in a group or in an organized class will not help you overcome this fear. It will only teach you how to move better.

    I suggest you pick a day of the week that suits you and reserve it for a training session alone. You do not need to do it in a really public place, but make sure it’s outside and that you can train distraction free. It should help you with your anxiety, as it will build up your courage to go and train without the need of acknowledgement from your training colleagues or trainers.

    Remember to train strong & safe!




    I used to have this problem. As a younger, less experienced traceur I found it difficult to Parkour in public on my own. I was ashamed of myself, not so much physically as I’m a tall man but mentally I felt limited.

    It was only through forcing myself to work alone that I found comfort and built up my confidence. I now prefer to Parkour alone. For me, Parkour is about ridding your mind and body of all the unnecessary distractions of everyday life. I find other traceurs needless irritants when I parkour now. They often get in the way, both physically and spiritually.

    Peace and Light

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