This month’s PK Insight is especially delightful for me. As a matter of fact, I could say this about every post I write. Talking Parkour is letting my heart translate passion into words. However, I’m bringing up one of the most pleasant aspect of parkour: Flow.
As easy as it seems to define flow when you understand it, the concept is broad and can be described in endless directions. Without further ado, here are my personal thoughts about Parkour Flow:
1 – Flow is Rhythm:
Let’s dive into the dictionary definition of these two words:
the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream.
“the flow of water into the pond”
a steady, continuous stream or supply of something.
a strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound.
It might seem odd to say but hopefully I’m not the only weirdo parkour lover who can see music on the fluidity of a traceur.
A rough explanation of music is the organization of notes into a structured time measure. Together with harmony, counter measure and other elements, we get into the flow of wiggly air waves vibrating our eardrums creating music.
Parkour flow is the organization of techniques into a constant stream, on space and time. If you connect each technique with strength, tranquility, balance and aesthetics, we delight ourselves with Parkour Flow.
2- Flow is fast, Flow is slow:
Flow is not based on how fast you can throw a line. Although speed is definitely a result of powerful connection and solid technique. A Parkour line can be fluid at any pace.
Such as in music you find joy and peace listening to a ballad, or energy on a pop song. The cadence of a PK run is not the pure definition of Flow, the connection and continuity are in charge of bringing fluidity to your Lines.
3 – Less is more:
The greatest tip to improve your flow is minimizing the amount of steps and contact points between you and the surfaces. Besides that, the fundamental techniques of Parkour are the strongest assets you can have to put together lines with Flow.
Practicing running, how to get into vaults and how to project yourself out of them are golden drills to improve your flow. So if you’re interested in implementing fluidity into your lines, sit the complicated techniques aside and spend some energy on repeating the very basic techniques, climbing up, ambidexterity(fancy word for knowing how to take off from either of your legs or arms), practice running with large steps, and all the vaults, all of them.
4 – Flow is Authenticity:
Let yourself be inspired by the great traceurs and freerunners from all around the world. Absorb ideas and motivate yourself with the beauty of the wide variety of movers in our community. But don’t forget that everyone has its own anatomy, background, strengths and weaknesses, and this singularity is the most beautiful thing in Parkour. Let your body move as it wants to move, as it can move and explore your own reach and limitations. You might never flow as smooth as Phosky, or be fluid and powerful as Oli, but you are smooth and powerful as only you can be, so let your instinct move your body and your heart speak through movement.
To round things up on this blog, I want to leave the Psychology definition of Flow, or Flow State:
(Flow) is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time.
I hope that you will let yourself be immersed in the energized focus of your training session and enjoy the Flow.
See you next month! Train hard and Take care.