June 4, 2011 is National Parkour Day in the USA for all of those who do not know. National Parkour was started by the APK and is the first Saturday in June. Since the Super Newts are traceurs (one who trains parkour), this means that they are celebrating this athletic day along with thousands of traceurs including myself.
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The Super Newts are team of brother and sister doing their part to save their home (Amphibiland) from some nasty super villains, all while learning about their past and their mysterious new powers and abilities. One of their abilities happens to be Parkour as well as Free-Running (Parkour is not the same as Free-Running but I love both). Yes the ‘Good-Guys’ do Parkour for a change everybody! 😀
Parkour can be defined as “ a utilitarian discipline based upon the direct, successful, swift traversing of one’s surrounding environment via the practical application of techniques, based around the concept of self-preservation.” [Description above from the Wikipedia article Parkour, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors here.]
I have also heard the definition summed up by saying, Parkour is the quickest way to get from point A to B. Basically you understand what it is. Though parkour is of French origin, it is widespread through out the world now! The Super Newts have enhanced Parkour skills such as jumping, climbing, precisions, vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling.
Have fun today my fellow traceurs, train hard, and train safe. I train PK here in San Antonio every chance I get with coaches Mike, Marcus, and Devon at Rivercity Gymnastics and Downtown Hemisphere Park.