Flavors

Mark: Within the parkour community, it’s no secret that there are different flavors of parkour there are different organizations out there that different people feel they align with best because of certain values or certain ideas. If you identify as a straight up free runner, then you may look at tempest and go, “Yeah, this is the way it should be.” And for whatever reason, I know there are people who feel very strongly associated with APK and I love that. But that’s not really what matters here if you’re part of parkour generations or you love the way that parkour visions operate or you have a strong connection.

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076. USPK Part 4: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiast to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This is the fourth and final episode of a four-part series on the United states parkour association. (USPK for short). In this episode, the members of the transition board discuss USPK’s stance and role within competition. They share their ideas around coaching certifications, whether the USPK will create one, and what it will mean for existing certifications. We finish up by addressing the topic of the international gymnastics federation, and share what each of us an do to help parkour. 

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Small scale things

Mark: One of the things that I am almost certain will be, if not the first special interest group will be people who are interested in competition in parkour. And I think that there will equally as quickly be a group of people who are interested in not having competition in parkour. And I think that both of those voices and perspectives are very important. And so I’m actually hoping that those will be two of our first special interest groups because I feel that to make a balanced outcome, we need to have both sides or not that they’re just two sides, but we need to have many perspectives and we need to have many voices to form a whole opinion. We can’t form a whole opinion with only one side of an issue that people feel strongly about both sides. So I would see that as a specific example of a special interest group.

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073. USPK Part 3: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiast to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This episode is part three of a four-part series on the United states parkour association. (USPK for short). In this episode, the transition board shares USPK’s funding model, and where the money is coming from. They explain committees, and special interest groups, the difference between the two, and their role in the organization. The board also discusses the importance of USPK even for people who feel that parkour does not need governing, and how to get involved, and have your voice heard. But first, the Movers Mindset community is designed to be used with keyboards and big screens. It’s designed to give you the physical and mental space to read, to think, and to create considered replies. You can discover or come back to content form years past – they’re exactly where you’d expect them to be; I’m interested in discussing everything related to independence, self-direction and human excellence. Are you? Visit moversmindset.com/community. 

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071. USPK Part 2: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiast to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This episode is part two of a four-part series on the United states parkour association. (USPK for short). In this episode, each of the transition board members explain what a national governing body is, what it does, why it’s important and their specific vision for how USPK will work. They discuss USPK’s board of directors, who currently sits on it, and how it will function as the organization grows. They also delve into who USPK is meant to serve, who should join the organization and how to do that. But first, you already know there’s more to the Movers Mindset project than just this podcast – a lot more! In fact, there’s so much more; we’ve put together a webpage that describes all the different things we’re currently doing. From athlete questions to guest follow – ups, from transcripts to show notes, the comment our mailing list .. and more. To learn more, go to moversmindset.com and click on “overview” in the menu. 

Craig: Mark, one of the first questions people ask about USPK is why do we actually need a governing body? What does this governing body actually do?

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076. US Parkour Association (part 4 of 4): Competition, certifications, and a request

076. US Parkour Association (part 4 of 4): Competition, certifications, and a request

 
 
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In the final episode about the US Parkour Association, the board discusses USPK’s stance and role within competition. They share their ideas around coaching certifications, whether the board will create one, and what it will mean for existing certifications. The board address the Federation of International Gymnastics, and share what each of us can do to help parkour. 

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Tip of the iceberg

Amos: And so, we’re seeing mistakes made that have dire consequences. And I think that’s one of the strong ways this national governing body can bring something beneficial is to have build recommendations, a collection where we’ve all learned these lessons we can pass on because these entrepreneurs are going to come in, whether we like it or not. Any time there’s something beautiful in the world, in my experience is that capitalism can rear its ugly head and come try to commodify that thing and sometimes the consequences can be terrible. So that’s going to happen no matter what. We can at least make sure parkour’s safer, people are getting the right information. One of the other ways I see it being very powerful, it gives us all a voice. Maybe take a scenario where a news media outlet just completely misconstrues something that happened, this has happened multiple times already, it’s really frustrating, and then we have really bad press about parkour altering people’s perceptions of what we do.

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067. USPK Part 1: Full Transcript

Craig:   Caitlin Pontrella is one of the founding members of United States parkour, and is the chair of the initial transition board. Caitlin is one of the five community leaders that collaborated to create the USPK platform, with the goal of building a neutral space to enable cooperation across the national parkour community. Welcome Caitlin.

Caitlin:   Thanks for having me Craig.

Craig:  We’re doing a series of podcast interviews with each of the five people who are on the transition board for USPK. I think it’s important that people who are listening, first understand who these people are. Some of you know who you are, but I think a lot of people don’t know the background. My first question is, can you just give me some of the highlights of where you’ve worked and what you’ve done, and in particular, what about your history was sort of the calling, that made you feel like this national organization is something that we need and something that you wanna be part of.

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