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Parkour March 24, 2009

Posted by Daniel Martin in General.
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Adapted from wikipedia. For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

Parkour or “the art of movement” is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment—from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls. It focuses on practising efficient movements to develop one’s body and mind to be able to overcome obstacles in an emergency.

Parkour is a physical activity that is difficult to categorize. It is often mis-categorized as a sport or an extreme sport; however, parkour has no set of rules, team work, formal hierarchy, or competitiveness. Most experienced traceurs think of parkour as a discipline closer to martial arts. According to David Belle, “the physical aspect of parkour is getting over all the obstacles in your path as you would in an emergency. You want to move in such a way, with any movement, as to help you gain the most ground on someone or something, whether escaping from it or chasing toward it.” Thus, when faced with a hostile confrontation with a person, one will be able to speak, fight, or flee. As martial arts are a form of training for the fight, parkour is a form of training for the flight.  Because of its unique nature, it is often said that parkour is in its own category.




1. benaz1 - April 7, 2010

Great article – I have just gotten into parkour, and, same as Alexander, love to photograph parkour.

2. Alexander James Stock Photography - January 31, 2010

Nice article about Parkour. I was looking for such as article which define the Parkour currectly.
I am a Photographer, and Parkour is one of my favourite subject.
There are a lots of Photos are available in my stock website.

Thank you for the article.

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