This is the signature ending question for the podcast. There is an article describing the question’s origin (and Episode 55). Each guest’s answer is available as an image tagged Guests’ three words and the section of each episode’s transcript is tagged Three words to describe your practice.
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My training began in the spring/summer of 2013. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact time, because I had a gradual introduction. I met Andy Keller, and through the course of our conversation he explained to me what parkour was, and invited me to come try it with him and a group of people with whom he trained. I decided to give it a shot, so I met them at Long’s Park for one of their Monday night training sessions. The first couple times that I went I felt so out of place because everyone else there was so good, and they were all great friends, and I was just this random girl. But I didn’t want to quit (despite crying in the shower when I got home), so I just kept showing up.
Eventually I got to know people, I learned that they had been training for quite a while, and I didn’t feel quite so out of place when I showed up to their training sessions. Three years later, I’m still training, and I really don’t know what my life would’ve been like if I had quit after my first day at the park.
I am 19 years old as of June, 2016.
Since I began practicing parkour, my confidence, especially in social situations, has increased dramatically. The communities with which I have trained have been completely supportive, and I have developed invaluable friendships. In general, I have become a much more social, happy, and well-adjusted person.
I have also started to see the world differently since I began practicing parkour. Wherever I go I’ll see training spots and opportunities. It’s a much more fun way to see things.
Parkour is not flashy flips and tricks. It is not only for athletic young people. Parkour is a way of interacting with your environment, and anyone who has the desire to train should try it.
I generally call my training “parkour,” but will occasionally use “free-running” or “art of movement” to clarify for other people.
I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States, but go to school in Allentown, PA. Lancaster is home, but I spend a large amount of time in Allentown.