“The end of an era is always nostalgic. Enjoy where you are because you’ll never be here again.” –Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap
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“In 2006, I began doing Parkour. I was 20 years old. Today, after 10 years of training and 7.5 years of running Take Flight, I turn 30. It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, so I thought I’d edit my first personal video since I made my original demo 9 years ago. I compiled my favorite clips captured over the years by friends and family, and I put them to the song I’ve been wanting to make a video to for more than half a decade.”
“My way is not like others. I saw this from the beginning of my journey in Parkour when I didn’t train or think the same as most. Instead of training in groups, I usually preferred to train alone. I also didn’t often shoot video. Many criticized me for this - I'm still not sure why. Since then it seems like the difference in thinking, training, and interacting with the community has, in some ways, grown even further as community meet-ups and jams blanket the world and as much of the PKFR community has been overtaken with a new focus dominated by flips, tricks, and unnecessary flow. I don’t understand this either, but I do respect it. It’s just not my way. I don’t think it’s the size of the jumps, the impressiveness of the tricks, the number of video views, the number of friends, or the number of jams one goes to that makes a Traceur unique and valuable in the community. I think what makes a Traceur unique and valuable is the style and mindset with which he moves and how he/she inspires others.”
“Here is my effort to show my way. It's a way that is unique in the Parkour world, and it's a style that has all but been lost in the contemporary Parkour world. It is the focus that many of us started with, so I'm sure many will recognize it. It is true Parkour, and this video is true to the method as shown to me by David Belle. This is my style, and I hope you see how different it is, especially in today's Parkour world. More than anything, it speaks to my unique way which has never much paralleled the path of the mainstream Parkour culture. Thinking about it now, I think that’s a good thing, though. Thinking about it now, I like that I haven't paralleled the mainstream Parkour community in my personal style and training because it means I've stayed true to myself. Plus, that different way has led to Take Flight which is what has brought you here.”
“This video marks the end of an era, and the start of a new one. The end of an era is always nostalgic. Enjoy where you are, because you’ll never be here again.” -Adam Dunlap
Traceur: Adam Dunlap
Location: Portland (OR), Revolution Parkour, Oregon State University, Evry & Lisses France
Song: "On The Eve Of War” by Jedi Mind Tricks - Vinnie Paz + Stoupe (Meldrick Taylor mix)
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