Foi lançado no dia 26/03/2012 uma campanha que tomou abrangência mundial denominada Urban Free Fuck. A idéia partiu dos praticantes Naïm “L’1consolable”, Quentin “Le Vietnamien Volant”, Anthony “Anthow” (Parkour13Sang40), Erik Mukhametshin e Ivan Savchuk responsáveis, dentre tudo, por iniciativas de proteção ao “parkour puro” como a série “Parkour, Literally” no Youtube.
Todos eles faziam parte do grupo Urban Free Flow e acabaram de abandonar a empresa com a seguinte justificativa:
“Nós não compartilhamos das visões da UFF; não concordamos com seus objetivos; nós repudiamos – e vemos diariamente – todas as consequências de suas ações desastrosas. Nós não podemos, como consequência, apoiá-los ou fazer parte de qualquer maneira.”
Em justificativa, os quatro assinam o manifesto alegando que estavam sempre cientes do que a UFF representa, mas que aceitaram o convite para participar do quadro de atletas com o intuito de sabotar a empresa e expor para seus seguidores, por dentro, os podres da mesma. No entanto ao ver que isso não seria possível da forma que queriam, decidiram sair e alimentar essa iniciativa.
Alegavam também estarem cansados dos amigos e conhecidos que viviam questionando a controversa decisão desses tracers tão consagrados, cujos motivos precisavam permanecer em segredo.
“A UF ignora todos os valores do Parkour e faz de tudo para reduzí-lo a um simples produto a ser vendido.”
BYE-BYE URBAN FREEFLOW!
We, as Naïm “L’1consolable”, Quentin “Le Vietnamien Volant”, Anthony “Anthow” (Parkour13Sang40), Erik Mukhametshin, and Ivan Savchuk, are leaving the UF All Stars team.
All of us decided to leave it at the same time and for the same reasons we all share.
We do not share UF views; we don’t go along with their goals; we deplore -and we can daily see them- all the consequences of their disastrous actions. We cannot, in consequence, support them or keep being part of it in any way.
Urban Freeflow (UF) is an english company created in 2003 by Paul Corkey (also known as “Ez”) that has, since its creation, done everything they could to spread a misconception of parkour, disavowing its fundamental values, and trying to reduce it to a product to sell.
As a company, Urban Freeflow is focusing on a unique goal: making profit. The people who rule it don’t care at all about parkour; parkour is just, in a modified and damaged form, their marketing argument to sell their products and make the maximum profit over it.
In consequence, they have never helped parkour practitioners in any maneer, but did, at the contrary, try to gag on them when the community vigorously protested against what Urban Freeflow was doing with parkour.
To sum up the things they have done, we could say UF are the ones that have turned parkour into t-shirts and clothes, that have imposed competitions against the whole community opinion, that have made it in partnership with Barclaycard, which is a finance company, that have turned parkour into video games with “Freerunning”, a game with themselves as characters, that have decided to use parkour as a tool to help the Police Force and the Royal Marine Commandos, and that have fabricated and kept confusion about the difference parkour and freerunnig going.
Despite of all these facts, UF is still claiming today to be the “World’s premier parkour and freerunning organisation”, which of course is not only a lie, but an insult.
Not everybody knows about this, especially the younger ones, and that should be a reason explaining UF success despite the things they did.
None of us ever asked to be member of the UF All Stars team, we were actually contacted by Ez himself and invited to be involved in this team. At that time, some of us did not know everything about what UF had done by the past; some did know but thought they could use UF popularity and visibility against them, and inform people about what parkour actually is, and about what UF actually made of it. Unfortunately, time has passed, and even if the “Parkour, literally” series — which were done precisely against UF and the conception of parkour they spread- were a success, and used Glyphmedia (UF channel on Youtube) as a broadcasting platform in order to get young people to know about it, the other things we were planning to do could not be done.
This made us relativize the possibilities UF could offer us to fight them from the inside, and relativize their global power too. We felt, once our traps failed, there was nothing really big we could now do from the inside, and there was, in consequence no reason to stay in. The position of the ones of us that knew who UF really were was a bit uncomfortable, as they hated them for so many reasons, and had in the mean time reasons that had to be kept secret to be part of it, and they had continually to answer the question “How can YOU, (name of the person), be part of UF, knowing all the things they did, and how hard they try to destroy parkour?”
Fed up with this complicated situation, and feeling like things we were planning would never happen, we decided to leave UF, and make it public, firstly to have a chance to inform people about UF, and secondly because we considered we owed explanations to the parkour community.
At the time when UF claims itself “insuppressible”, and “running the streets worldwide since 2003” on its Youtube Channel, it seems to us that it is particularly important to keep resisting, and show UF it is not only suppressible; but it has to be suppressed.
A very complete article about who Urban Freeflow really are is available here: http://australian.parkour.asn.au/index.php?topic=1250.0
-Naïm “L’1consolable”, Quentin “Le Vietnamien Volant”, Anthony “Anthow” (Parkour13Sang40), Erik Mukhametshin, and Ivan Savchuk- 26/03/2012