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From the Big Screen to the Big ‘O’; New Sport Combines Martial Arts and Gymnastics

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Maureen Wurtz

OMAHA (KPTM)- Is it dangerous, or an up and coming sport?

Parkour is a trend that's sweeping over the country. It started overseas, and has made its way to the heartland.

"Parkour is getting from point A to point B-in the most fast, most effective matter," said Jonathan Rolfsen.

"The world basically becomes a playground," said Patrick Bryan.

Bryan and Rolfsen have been doing "parkour" for years now.

Parkour uses balance, strength, and speed to move across distances in the fastest way possible, including wall climbing and jumping over benches.

"I really like that there is really no rules to parkour. It's just whatever you can do-you just move," said Bryan.

Parkour started in France as a form of military training. It has made it into movies, YouTube, and even on primetime cable on the ‘Office.'

"It's about overcoming obstacles-not only in your environment, but also in your mind," said Bryan.

Bryan and Rolfsen said parkour takes a lot of training and patience. "Really serious or interested about parkour, it's something you should research, something you should find somebody who practices it," said Rolfsen.

There are two different types of parkour; functional and expressive.  Functional parkour uses the most effective ways to get to destination, and expressive is all about showmanship.

"I really love alternative perspectives on things," said Rolfsen.

Each flip or jump is about knowing exactly what your body can do. "I think it has potential to catch on big enough to grow above martial arts-or past marital arts," said Rolfsen.

Rolfsen and Bryan said they aren't like skateboarders who destroy property. "We respect the property as much as possible because that's where we train. We want to keep the place that we train safe and clean," said Rolfsen.

There's a group in Omaha that practices parkour, to find out more about them, click here.

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