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What Is Parkour?

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April 24, 2017
  • Parkour is the act of moving from point A to point B as fast as possible, which is often a straight line, regardless of what is in your path. Because of this, people often recognize it as soon as they see it because of its unique style, even if they don't know what it is called. The word “parkour” comes from the French word “parcours” which translates to “the path”, or “the way through”. It originally started in France, but now is popular throughout the world. Both parkour and freerunning take a long time to learn. They require the user to have great balance, strength, and reflex in order to navigate through obstacles in their path.

People who practice parkour and/or freerunning are known as “traceurs”, which roughly translates in French to “bullet”. David Belle and his group choose this term because it meant fast, efficient, and direct movement over even the most difficult of terrain. Freerunning is a lot like parkour, and often people who practice one end up experimenting with the other. The difference is that with freerunning, you throw the thought of going from point A to point B out the window. You run where ever you want and practice flips, acrobatics, and alike because you don't care as much about efficiency, and focus more on style instead.

Despite what you may have seen on popular parkour videos of people running through a town, more often than not, those traceurs spend hours in advanced making sure the surfaces they are going to land on are not slick and stable before they start recording. They plan there path out well in advanced to make the risk of injury to themselves and others as small as possible.

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