The ultimate criminal? trained on the streets to run and run and not be caught, scaling walls and clearing obstacles running from justice?
One of the things I love/hate about the internet, is if you can think of it, then somewhere out there, someone else has probably thought about it…. and probably done or tried it too.
This is great for good stuff, but really bad for bad stuff.
Right now I thinking about a criminal element adopting and butchering the essence of parkour and using it to escape from criminal activities. This is very real and possible. Please don’t think for a second that criminals aren’t organised, we all know that isn’t true. I’m pretty certain that plenty of others have had this thought about a negative element embracing the artform, however I’m wondering how many people have thought it through further?
If a criminal element has trained to utilise parkour for bad use, then a justice element will need to counteract that and train to catch them.
I’m thinking about a squad of trained ‘urban athlete’ police officers, set up to scale buildings and persue on foot in crowded cities and various locations criminals where normal modes of transport wouldn’t be effective. What’s more, there will need to be a training course devisied by someone to instruct this new ‘force’ how to train and develop.
Where there’s a need, there’s a business model with a financial reward.
How else are training courses formed?? Its simply a need that requires fulfilling. All someone needs to do is setup a structured course of fundamental activities and stretches and techniques, that when practiced can be effective for a number of already trained officers. Once this has been established, it needs to be pitched to the authorities, and/or private security firms. It could contain:
- Brief history
- Essential benefits
- Criminal introduction – age, clothing, signs of activity, networking and communication methods (online and offine)
- a list of common ‘runs’ through major cities
- frequently utilised moves
- basic, intermediate and advanced training teachings structured over 4, 2 day courses for 1 month.
- broken down in to core teachings of vision (seeing the direction of travel) strength/agility courses, and obstacle training.
- Counteraction techniques – Anticipation and measures of prevention.
Pitch this requiring ‘3 stage’ locations: gym work, training grounds and urban walks indentifying key escape routes within popoular cities.
The course would consist of 2 trainers, 10-15 students £300 per person = £10,000
Let them leave with a training chart, schedule, pdf of all course material, video of training sessions, online forum to communicate with trainers and other students to continue advice and motivation. Job done.
You wait, someone will try it one day, and if they do, you’ll know they’ve nicked the idea from me. you heard it here first.
btw – I haven’t thought for a second about any of this btw, its amazing what the brain can come up with during a 45min lunchbreak
Update edit: (05.03.08)
Since I wrote this…. its been in the Bill! well would you Adam and Eve it?