The key to parkour? Free your mind, the rest will follow

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Wyatt Hooper sails over an obstacle at the new Keizer gym, Parkour Infinity. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Wyatt Hooper sails over an obstacle at the new Keizer gym, Parkour Infinity. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

It should be more nerve-wracking to watch Corey Jones leap down off a 12-foot wall, but it’s his posture that sets spectators at ease.

His arms float out to the side and his legs stay bent as he rolls onto the ground and back to his feet. There’s no question he’s done it before, likely from much greater heights, and no doubt that he’ll survive it this time.  In a way the single feat is an embodiment of what he hopes to teach others with his new Keizer gym, Parkour Infinity, 3606 Cherry Avenue N.E.

“At its core, parkour is overcoming obstacles – physical or mental. We’re trying to separate ourselves from the things that stand in the way of reaching our goals,” Jones said.

For the uninitiated, parkour is that thing you’ve likely seen in videos online or in commercials of people flying over stair railings, leaping between buildings, or scampering up walls with Spider-Manlike agility.


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