Santa Claus is the pinnacle of efficiency. Delivering capitalism to children worldwide at an unprecedented pace. Like it or not Christmas is a time for giving (spending money) for most of us, so why not support the community while you at it?
We’ve put together a wish list for a merry traceur Christmas. Listing our favourite parkour products with a few extra bells and whistles to boot. The list is in no particular order and represents our favourite finds with a price range from free to a few hundred euros.
If you have an item you would like to be added send us a mail. Be warned though if it’s a fruit of the loom t-shirt with just a logo on it you will be ridiculed and laughed at.
A book is a kindle made from a tree. Although most of these are downloadable we’ve always preferred printed versions. Words can’t jump but these reads get pretty close. From the history of parkour to conditioning advice here is the Ukemi Projects top picks.
Breaking the Jump
The parkour and freerunning community don’t have a holy book to go with the Christmas season. Breaking the Jump by Julie Angel, however, is the closest thing we have for now.
Breaking the Jump tells the unknown story behind Parkour’s rise, and asks what is it that drives those who stand on the edge and think ‘go’.
When Max Hendry wrote Parkour Roadmap they didn’t set out to expand on a single topic or idea. Instead, they looked at the discipline holistically and provided insight into everything from our history/culture to mental/physical training. This consideration extends into purchases also, with a range of options for traceurs to access the material whether you are on a low income or ballin’ hard with your own gym. Click here to see all the options.
The book “The Parkour Roadmap”, provides an in-depth and entertaining investigation into Parkour history, culture, and technique. Gathering information from the world’s best Parkour athletes and coaches, it is an indispensable tool for practitioners of all levels.
Traceurs continue to understand play more than most into adulthood and old age. With a methodology and imagination to boot, we can make the most out of any situation. Here are our top picks on how you can keep things playful over the Christmas period whether your confined to a family gathering in a small room or taking them outside to share your parkour practice with them.
A Kendama is a Japanese skill toy that we like to call the advanced ball in a cup. Every jam has ‘that person’ who rocks up does a full physical warm up and then proceeds to just play with their ken instead. There is a good reason for that, get one of these and we promise you will have a ken-damn good time.
Ukemi Card Game
This is the world’s first parkour and freerunning card game. Developed by traceurs for traceurs it is the perfect stocking filler for practitioners. It comes with a variety of play styles and can be used for group games, coaching, warm-ups and generating choreography.
As with the toys, there aren’t much retail level things for average Joe and Joanne going about when it comes to equipment. So we’ve taken one we really like and combined it with something you all should really already have.
Enable yourself to jump to things, off of things and move across things anywhere. This lightweight, none slip and stackable piece of kit is the perfect piece of portable parkour equipment. If you have a few bob (money) and can’t be arsed making something, or have the know how to DIY it, yourself let the Jiyo team do it for you.
For coaches, especially those who work in a variety of schools/community centres, the Jiyo blocks are an excellent piece of kit to recommend when the hire ask about getting in some equipment for the sessions. Say goodbye to dragging out the 35-year-old horse and strange colourful/flimsy bar things and hello the these flashy little fella’s.
You can buy them by clicking here – prices start at €97
If you got yourself a traceur in secret Santa this year but you actually hate them then mobility gear is an excellent thing to buy. Years of jumps and climb ups make these babies particularly brutal on the anterior (front) muscles of the body.
The foam roller and the peanut are the holy grail of self-massage equipment. We’ve given some links to providers but if it’s out your price range you can always DIY it and use two hard balls and some tape instead, as seen in the image above. See this guide for how to make a peanut yourself that you can give to a friend – it’s the thought that counts innit.
URBN Jumpers (app)
A user-based training spot finding app is not a new thing for the parkour community and there are some really high-quality apps floating about for the parkour community at the moment. Out of all the ones we check out, URBN Jumpers was the one that stood out as our favourite. URBN Jumpers not only gives you the standard add and explore features of previous similar apps but it also includes gyms, the ability to post jams and share media content.
Call a Christmas or boxing day jam, add your friend’s favourite spots and get your area set up as a gift to your community this year and then share the results.
We believe that parkour, art du deplacement and freerunning are community sports where people should be able to easily train together and share their passion. Amazing things occur when you see beginners moving with experts, kids with elders, boys with girls, you get the idea. The fraternal approach and the mutual respect that exists within these disciplines are the proof that everyone stands as one big worldwide family.