How to convince your parents to let you do parkour/freerunning

I understand the struggle. When I first started training my mother didn’t understand what I was doing. She thought I was just recklessly jump and to be honest she had a right to think so. I gave her no information on what it was exactly I was doing. She didn’t know the amount of practice, preparation, and repetition that went in to the sport. Do make the mistake I did I encourage everyone with this problem to openly talk to your parents about how important parkour is to you. Any sensible parent will back you up if given the correct information.

1. Explain what it is that you do.
First and foremost parkour is a discipline that is used to save your life. The ability to escape a situation is vital to human survival now more than ever. It’s preparation for the future. Tomorrow you could be chased by an attacker or animal and your ability to escape can save injury and maybe your life. All it takes is the ability to traverse over a few rails and up a wall and you could be gone from a life threatening situation.

2. Show the importance of repetition.
There are a few videos that come to mind when explaining the amount of training that goes into doing the big moves people see on T.V./internet. One in perticular is Stephan Vigrox’s “The Monkey is Back” documentary. In it he explain how He use to drill movements for hours on in to perfect them. Also the amount to strength prep it takes to continue training efficiently. I link the video down below.

3. Explain how much you can express yourself training.
The best video you should show your parents it Generation Yamakasi. In this video the also explain how strength plays a vital role in freerunning and parkour. However what the other video lacks is the need for expression explained. They the Yamakasi are all about expression and training hard to obtain great skill. That’s a quality that’s not only important in parkour or freerunning, but also in life. Hard work, discipline, and dedication all qualities this sport teaches you.

Hope this helps again. As long as you’re open with your parents and explain what you are doing they’ll discover training for pk/fr is no different than training for conventional sports.