Location can play a role in your training as a traceur, though some make it out to be a lot more than it really is. Location may mean it’s difficult to locate traceur groups or even to find a decent amount of obstacles or training areas; but it is not as limiting as some traceurs may make it out to be just as long as you are willing to look and put in the effort.

When confronted by newer traceurs requesting advice and tips for their training, I am often asked where they can meet other traceurs in their area. This is a difficult question to answer as I have not been to every city in the world to meet and take the contact addresses of traceurs, so I often refer those traceurs to any online communities local to them as well as MeetUp. My past experience has related that it’s usually quite easy to find traceurs if you go and look. I have had occasions where I am training and I will be approached by traceurs or other people interested in parkour; and of course I talk to them and refer them to the online community that hosts my city’s meets.

The other questions that newer traceurs may ask are often along the lines of “does anyone know some good places for parkour in _______?” The same problem arises as when the traceur is looking for training partners: it’s not very likely that traceurs from that area will see your post and reply (unless you are on an online local community board or forum). There may be other local traceurs able to answer your questions provided you live in a more populous city but if that isn’t the case, the odds are very slim that you will get a reply, and you will have to analyze your environment yourself.

In a real life situation you may have to get over irregular objects, and it is the combination of the acquired “parkour vision*” and improvisation skills along with previous practice that will allow you to overcome them. Many traceurs complain that there aren’t any places for them to train, but when you consider it you realize that any object that isn’t completely flush with the ground can be considered an obstacle to overcome and train on. If you were about to miss the bus, you might jump over a common park bench in order to make it on time while running around may make you miss it; that is parkour and it shows that practice with common and irregular objects can allow you to better yourself in future situations. It is good to keep this mentality not only because you will have an endless stream of training locations and obstacles, but to aid in the development of your improvisation skills and the enhancement of your parkour vision. If you are willing to look and train anywhere and on anything, you are better prepared for a real life scenario than if you practiced a wall run at a single location for hours.

If you have found a curious obstacle, feel free to post a picture and/or description and I will try and find a way to pass it because I will continue to contribute to this article by finding some common or abnormal objects myself and describing how to pass them, as well as posting links to various forums and communities.

*"Parkour Vision" is a way to define the traceurs' inherent ability to find new obstacles to overcome anywhere, as well as being able to consider a great number of possibilities and ways to overcome said obstacle.

SOME COMMUNITIES:

PKTO - Southern and Central Ontario
Northern Parkour - Northern Britain
PKBC - British Columbia
APK - American Parkour
PKSG - Singapore
Chicago Parkour - Chicago
PK Australia - Australia
Winnipeg Parkour - Winnipeg
Washington Parkour - Washington
Bristol Parkour - Bristol
SFPK - San Francisco area
HIPK - Hawaii
UFF - England
PKIRE - Ireland

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