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Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

Dec 25, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT


Recently I injured my back when I bent over to pick up a leaf from the carpet, and was virtually incapacitated for an entire week. From picking up a freaking leaf. Welcome to your future, Robbie Griffith.

For now, however, Griffith is possibly the coolest 12-year-old on the planet. The seventh-grader is a parkour enthusiast, which is an urban sport based on military obstacle course training. In parkour, a person gets from place to place by running on and bounding over common obstacles — see the first 15 minutes of Casino Royale for a good demonstration.

Or, watch the video below, in which Griffith puts on a pretty good free running demonstration. Mom would be horrified. Business Insider:

Griffith, who goes by the street name “Wee Beastie,” is the youngest-ever member of Parkour Generations, a London-based organization devoted to furthering the urban sport. He was accepted into the group last month as a trainee in the “Developing Athlete Programme,” a mentoring gig that matches parkour prodigies with older, wiser and no doubt bruised-er free runners.

Need we add the “Don’t try this at home” caveat? I thought not.

  1. Glenn - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Where’s the video of Rick picking up the leaf?