Monday 18th December 2017,

Parkour is all about STRENGTH !

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Parkour is all about STRENGTH !
Parkour:  What is it, How do you train for it, and Who created this “Sport”? All questions I’ve been recently asked…. If you’ve never heard of “Parkour” before, at least now you’ll have something to talk about..
Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) is a utilitarian discipline based upon the successful, swift and energy-efficient traversing of one’s surrounding environment via the practical application of techniques, based around the concept of self-preservation and the ability to help others. It is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies.  Skills such as jumping, climbing, vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling are employed.  Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable, and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas. The usage and employment of flips into the named route does not constitute parkour.

The term free-running is sometimes incorrectly used interchangeably with l’art du déplacement.  While l’art du déplacement aims to enable the practitioner to be able to move quickly and creatively past obstacles, freerunning is a competition sport, with Urban FreeFlow being credited with this change of definition.  Free-running includes the use of tricking moves such as aerial rotations and spins, but parkour founder David Belle does not consider these part of parkour because the moves are merely for show, are not efficient, can not assist anyone and do not help the participant to get from place to place.  Although Sébastien Foucan is considered a co-founder of parkour, his philosophy later turned out to be different to that of parkour and grew to become known as free-running. A practitioner of parkour is called a traceur, which is most likely derived from Parisian slang tracer which means “to hurry” or “to move quickly”. In proper French, traceur is an adjective qualifying something that leaves a trace or a trail behind it. Two primary characteristics of parkour are efficiency and speed.  Strength would be considered a much needed characteristic as well. Parkour’s emphasis on efficiency distinguishes it from the similar practice of free running, which places more emphasis on freedom of movement and creativity. According to David Belle, you want to move in such a way that will help you gain the most ground as if escaping or chasing something.  Also, if you go from A to B, you need to be able to get back from B to A, but not necessarily with the same movements or passements. Traceurs say that parkour also influences one’s thought processes by enhancing self-confidence and critical-thinking skills that allow one to overcome everyday physical and mental obstacles.


All in all, Parkour could easily be considered a sport based on the athleticism and skills that are demonstrated by the experts such as Belle, Foucan, and one of my favorites Damian Walters…

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