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

Maureen Wurtz

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

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

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

"The world basically becomes a playground," said PatrickBryan.

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

Parkour uses balance, strength, and speed to move acrossdistances in the fastest way possible, including wall climbing and jumping overbenches.

"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. Ithas made it into movies, YouTube, and even on primetime cable on the 'Office.'

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

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

There are two different types of parkour; functional andexpressive. Functional parkour uses themost effective ways to get to destination, and expressive is all aboutshowmanship.

"I really love alternative perspectives on things," saidRolfsen.

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

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

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