Eclectic Curiosity

Parkour / Freerunning

Posted on August 22nd, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Parkour, or “free-running” as it is also commonly called, is an intense physical activity in which participants – traceurs – attempt to clear all obstacles in their path in the most fluid manner possible. Part extreme sport, part martial arts-like discipline, part philosophy, and part dance, there’s an adrenaline rush just watching these guys do their thing. Check out these crazy videos of pro David Belle in action [via Screenhead].

Parkour is a natural method to train the human body to be able to move forward quickly, making use of the environment that’s around us at any given time. This ‘art of displacement’ requires neither specific structure nor accessory for its practice. The body is the only tool. It’s an athletic discipline accessible to all, because it combines all the natural skills of the human body: running, jumping, climbing… It’s a sport that permits exploration of the potential offered by your body. It’s about being able to face the obstacles with which you are presented, whether they be in the natural environment or in the urban environment, in a search for movement that combines effectiveness and control.

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