Some people would say there are not enough girls doing Parkour to warrant producing women’s Parkour clothing. Although from the business perspective this may be true, at Take Flight we simply do not agree with the principles behind this stance. In the words of David Belle, “The goal of Parkour is not to make money or create a business”. Parkour is about the discipline and how it effects and changes people. For that reason we’ve spent a lot of time and money to bring forth the world’s first custom Parkour pants designed specifically for women.
Our Women’s Original Parkour Pants are the first custom Parkour pants ever made for women. Without a precedent for how female Parkour pants should be designed, we took extra time and care in designing and developing these with female Traceurs as our focus. This included fielding input from women around the world. The final result of our efforts is the Women’s Original Parkour Pant seen here.
The Women’s Original Parkour Pants have a draw string and open bottom, but no pockets or elastic waist band. For adornment they have the Take Flight logo embroidered on the right leg and a brilliant pink and silver Parkour print down the left. Whether you are a female Traceur looking for the right Parkour pants to wear during your training and causal wear, or if you are a guy looking for authentic Parkour clothing for your girlfriend, wife, sister or other female in your life, these are the pants for you. And at our special introductory price of only $29.95 you can’t go wrong with these.
Girls deserve to have custom Parkour clothing just as much as guys do. This principle is inherent in the philosophy of Parkour, and it just plain makes sense. The Women’s Original Parkour Pants are the world’s first ever custom Parkour pants for women, and our first product designed specifically for women in what we plan to be a extensive line of Parkour clothing for female Traceurs.
Ruslan and others have the opportunity to take Parkour to Tokyo and Taipei as shown in this excellent video. Characterized by superb production and film quality, great editing, a perfect music accompaniment, and technical mastery of proper Parkour technique, this video is a must see. This video also features Fall Out Boy.
This 12th behind the scenes look at the highly anticipated Banlieue 13 sequel B13 – Ultimatum is an interesting mix of Chinese men, female dancers, and explosions. With all of these characteristic this featurette further develops the plot lines of the film in a way no one could have expected. The one thing that could have been expected, however, is that Cyril Raffaelli is right there in the middle of it all.
With our extensive collection of Parkour videos on MisterParkour.com we have decided to start increasing our text based content as well. We have already posted various news articles, training papers, and video with transcribed text, but we are going to improve our text content by consciously making an effort to do more of the this. One of our first steps towards our goal is this post which transcribes an interview with David Belle. This interview was conducted when David was in Portugal for an article written by Lina Manso for Mundo Universitário in February 26, 2007 (to see videos of David in Portugal please click here.) In the interview David spoke about the “main objective of Parkour” and how he learns best. He also commented on the lacking prevalence of female Tracers. We would like to thank Parkour.net for providing the English translation of this interview, and if you would like to view this article in its original context in Portuguese you can follow the link at the end of this post.
Lina: What influence did you’re father and grandfather (both connected to the fire department and the military forces -where you also were)in the invention of Parkour?
DB: I began getting interested in what they were doing, until the point I asked myself: what is there beyond this? I turned what I learned into a kind of game, with a lot of silence, flexibility and agility.
Lina: That takes us to the second question. Is this a sport, a lifestyle, a hobby or a philosophy?
DB: It’s an art of life. It is as much urban as it is contemporary. (this part I think something got lost in translation from French to Portuguese by the journalist..)
Lina: Care to expand?
DB: Before anything else, is to learn how to be careful. And never underestimate physical training. And it takes harmony between the practitioner and the space where he practices.
Lina: And who can practice it?
Lina: I don’t think I could jump off a 3 meter high wall…
DB: That comes with training! If you had a Lion chasing you, would you stand still?
Lina: I read some place that it can help you strengthen your self confidence and overcome you’re fears.
DB: The main objective is to know yourself and learn how to overcome your limits.
Lina: How do you see the way Madonna has been promoting the art (seen in the video “Jump”, from her last album, or in the choreographies of the “Confessions Tour” shows.
DB: I simply think she uses Parkour to sell her music not her music to promote Parkour.
Lina: The first time I heard about parkour was in the movie “Yamakasi”. Do you have anything to do with that group?
DB: Yes, they’re cousins of mine I initiated in the art.
Lina: So what have you done to promote the art (since you’ve been doing it professionally since you were 18)? (Again I think the translation during the interview was not that good…)
DB: I’ve been, for example, in the film Banlieu 13 from director Luc Besson. I am now shooting another movie in Prague (Czech Republic), and I think there may be another movie coming soon in Hollywood. Besides that I’ve been in several commercials for numerous brands like TMN (here in Portugal), Nissan and Nike.
Lina: Talking about brands, Is there any kind of special shoe for Parkour?
DB: Nothing specific yet, but we would like to have our own brand…
Lina: What do you think of the Portuguese Tracers?
DB: They have a tremendous potential, a great climate that always helps… I think Parkour can go a long way here.
Lina: Will you be coming back soon?
DB: Yes, maybe with my girlfriend (I really liked it here).
Lina: Talking about women… where are the female practitioners?
DB: The same way that there are women who like football or boxing, there are does who like Parkour. They’re around…in hiding.
Lina: Going back to what you said about Parkour could go a long way here in
DB: It’s because besides the fact that the Tracers are in harmony with the city (they’re not going around destroying private property), I admire the fact that most of them still study (I left school at the age of 15).
Lina: If you had the time, would you go back to school?
DB: I learn a lot on my own! When I travel I like to read about the History and Geography of the places I visit.
Lina: Tell us something about
DB: I’ve heard of Sintra and was thrilled about it’s mystical side! I love the idea of the existence of an Occult side.