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Posted by on Sep 15, 2009

Some months ago I watched this one particular commercial with interest. There were a few people who were running, but not running like what I was used to. They weren’t running for exercise; they were running for sport, and not on a track.

Free running is what it’s called, and it’s almost like an obsession with these people. Instead of just walking places, they run, but they don’t do it the easy way. Seems the purpose is to challenge their bodies by running, so they’ll climb stuff, jump over stuff, and anything else possible to do, all while keeping in motion. Well, they do stop every once in awhile, but only to execute some of the most physically amazing things you’ll ever see.

This is all based on a principle of Bruce Lee’s about total body control. He didn’t do the running, but many of the body principles he taught are contained within free running. Two things, though. One, this is for young people, because it’s very dangerous; you need a lot of flexibility. Two, it takes a lot of time to work up to it, which is why it’s for young people. I don’t advocate anyone doing this; I’m certainly not going to. But it’s fascinating, and I hope the two videos below show it better than how I’m talking about it.

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I love what they are doing, and I think it is one of the most freeing expressions a person can do-well in this case, those who have a passion for running this form. I’ve tried a little of that, but I ended up bumping into quite a lot of things as a result. Pre-determinism doesn’t help. One needs to have a free-flowing desire to just be, and the enthusiasm to just go for it, without having a care or thought in the world. It is truly exhilarating, when that happens. I like seeing people expressing all of themselfs, and this is proof of that.
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Bare pureness =-.

September 15th, 2009 | 5:43 PM

Good stuff, Ana. I like the free expression as well, but a big part of me says it also takes a lot of guts. I mean, I don’t know that I could just jump off buildings, but being able to climb them like the one guy did? Wow!

September 16th, 2009 | 2:51 AM

Hello Mitch,
Nice to hear from you. 🙂
I find it extremely natural especially with someone who is as enthusistic about doing something as this gentleman.
You can do anything when you put your mind to it, and there’s never any second guesses to that. Fear is illusion afterall. 🙂
Nice to hear from you.
.-= Ana´s last blog ..Bare pureness =-.

September 16th, 2009 | 4:03 AM

Way too energetic for me Mitch. I don’t even think I would have tried some of those stunts when I was able to and if I did I would probably be writing this from a wheelchair.

September 16th, 2009 | 7:04 PM

I’m with you on that one, Sire. As fascinating as it was, my heart was beating hard for more than one reason.

September 16th, 2009 | 9:58 PM

It’s a very interesting but dangerous sport, Mitch. It needs a lot of practices, agility and stamina to do it. In this case, I would probably say no to this extreme sport!
.-= wilhb81´s last blog ..Business one-liners 66 =-.

September 18th, 2009 | 2:16 AM

You’re with the rest of us, Wil. Although, I’d certainly love to be in the shape to consider it. lol

September 18th, 2009 | 10:31 AM