adjective in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated;[syn:wild][ant:tame]

wild, feral, undomesticated, unbroken and intact, whole, undamaged, unimpaired, complete, entire,
authentic, willing to win, inspired & supercharged by nature

What is Parkour?

Originated in France “parcours” literally could be translatet as path or course.
In Equitation a Parcours would be a course of obstacles horse and rider want to overcome.

What we now know as “Parkour” with a “k” has its origins in a training program for French Special Forces known as “Parcours du combattant”.

It was David Belle, a French dude, son of the “inventor” of Parkour if you will, who changed the “c” to a “k” and, along with his comrades, the Yamakazi, began the worldwide movement you are now officially a part of and which also includes the phenomenon known as Freerunning.

Parkour is defined as the act of moving from point “a” to point “b” using the obstacles in your path to increase your efficiency. Doesn´t that sound like fun?

A basic repertoire of moves developed over the years, like the “gap jump”, the “kong vault” and the “wall flip” that make Parkour immediately recognizable to most people who see it, even if they don’t know what it’s called!

Then a funny thing happened on the way to Point B.
The cool & creative moves of Yamakazi and its members started to morph and develop, and since there was less chasing going for them- the efficiency part got less and less important to some of the Yamakazi,.

They wanted to start throwing flips and other airtime tricks and concentrated on more acrobatic moves, just generally expressing themselves through movement & parkour.

The leader of that splinter group was Sebastian Foucan, the guy from the beginning of CASINO ROYALE. David Belle decided to stick with the efficiency program, so he and Sebastian went their separate ways.

Two sports started developing along separate but parallel paths.
For a long time, people argued about which was which or what was better or first.
While they were busy doing that a whole bunch of new athletes came along and just started training.

The started to rehearse the moves they found on youtube and began to develop their own personal tricks and moves that played to their own strengths and interests. Some liked to time themselves, some were just out to express. Some did it in urban environments, some in the forest.

Some thought it should never be competitive or commercialized in any way. Some were anxious to compete, cause that was more in their nature. And what do all these busy people call what they do?

In the end, most of them decided it was all just movement,
and more importantly, it was all just play.

parkour & freerunning


Parkour (French pronunciation: [paʁˈkuʁ]) (abbreviated PK) is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed out of military obstacle course training.[1][2][3] Practitioners aim to move quickly and efficiently through their environment using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves, negotiating obstacles in between. They try to maintain as much momentum as possible without being unsafe. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement and more, if they are the most suitable movements for the situation.[4][5][6]
Parkour is non-competitive. It may be performed on an obstacle course, but is usually practised in a creative (and sometimes playful) reinterpretation or subversion of urban spaces.[7][8] Parkour involves ‘seeing’ one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.[9][10]
Developed by Raymond Belle, David Belle, Sébastien Foucan and other members of the original Yamakasi group in the late 1980s,[11][12] Parkour became popular in the late 1990s and 2000s through films, documentaries and advertisements featuring these practitioners and others

Parkour is not widely practiced in dedicated public facilities. Although efforts are being made to create places for it, some traceurs do not like the idea as it is contradictory to Parkour’s value of freedom.[38] Traceurs practice Parkour in both rural and urban areas such as gyms, parks, playgrounds, offices, and abandoned structures. Concerns have been raised regarding trespassing, damage of property,and the practice of Parkour in inappropriate places.[40] However, most traceurs will take care of their training spots and will remove themselves quickly and quietly from a public place if asked. One of Parkour’s values is to respect people and places as well as helping others. One of the first campaigns of Pakrour to preserve this sort of philosophy is the ‘Leave No Trace’ project, stressing the importance of training Parkour safe, respecting the environment and the people around you.[41][42][43]
Concerns have also been raised by law enforcement and fire and rescue teams of the risk in jumping off high buildings.[44] They argue that practitioners are needlessly risking damage to both themselves and rooftops by practicing at height, with police forces calling for practitioners to stay off the rooftops.[39][45][46] Some figures within the Parkour community agree that this sort of behaviour is not to be encouraged.[45][47][48][49]
American traceur Mark Toorock says that injuries are rare “because participants rely not on what they can’t control – wheels or the icy surfaces of snowboarding and skiing – but their own hands and feet,” but Lanier Johnson, executive director of the American Sports Medicine Institute, notes that many of the injuries are not reported.[50] When injuries do occur, many members in the Parkour community encourage pursuing the most scientifically sound method to recovery and future prevention

source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour