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Familiarity Breeds Confidence | Damien Puddle | TEDxRuakura
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Added Sep 19, 2016
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Parkour is a dynamic discipline of moving your body over, around and through obstacles. It lends itself to action movies and something cool to watch on YouTube.

So how can the philosophies of Parkour help you in your life, even if you never get off the couch?

The theme of TEDx Ruakura 2016 was Morphosis.

Damien Puddle is CEO of NZ Parkour – Tauhōkai Aotearoa – a non-profit which he co-founded in 2010.

With a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (with honours) from the Waikato Institute of Technology under his belt, Damien takes his passion for parkour seriously.

His undergraduate research ‘Ground Reaction Forces and Loading Rates Associated with Parkour and Traditional Drop Landing Techniques’ was featured in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine.

He’s recently started his Ph.D. in Sport and Leisure studies at the University of Waikato with the working title: “Making the Jump: Examining the Development of Parkour in New Zealand.”

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