George Hinojosa practices Parkour because he believes it is useful in everyday life. (Alejandro Alba/

Parkour teaches students courage, self-awareness, and how to roll with the jumps

EL PASO – Everything began back at Anthony High School. George Hinojosa along with his two best friends began practicing Parkour along the school hallways and jumping over cafeteria tables gracefully. Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment. A year later, Hinojosa now finds himself taking on more challenging barriers and obstacles, such as the break along the staircase in front of the Psychology Building at the UTEP campus. Hinojosa said he took on the practice of Parkour to feel some sort of superiority, soaring through crowds and jumping from buildings that are 10 feet high.

Photo compilation of Alek Villarreal. (Ezra Rodriguez/

Traceurs blast like bullets vaulting obstacles, leaving no trace behind

EL PASO – It is a warm Sunday afternoon and a group of young men has gathered at the University of Texas at El Paso to practice parkour (PK) – the gymnastic art of overcoming all obstacles by leaping, springing, and vaulting. More than physical exercise, parkour is a way of life to its practitioners. Dressed in sporty outfits, they begin stretching and warming up for the workout ahead. A large cloud has just covered the sun and the young men smile in admiration. It’s going to be a great day.