What is ‘Parkour’?

Why would two respectable, sane people want to jump over barricades and run up walls? The answer is ‘parkour’ of course. Unfortunately parkour is not easily described. A simple definition is elusive as it is not like most sports, is not a fixed set of moves, and has no solid ‘guidelines’. What parkour does have is a very clear philosophy: move through your environment efficiently.

Parkour is often known for its astonishing jumps and striking use of physical creativity. Practitioners (A.K.A.traceurs) use all parts of their environment, be it urban or rural, to get from one place to another in the most efficient and quickest manner possible. Some examples:

  • Jumping over walls
  • Walking on railings
  • Swinging from scaffolding
  • Climbing up buildings

If parkour sounds like stuff you see kids do, you’re right. When practicing parkour you basically get the  feeling of being a kid back: the world is my playground and anything in it is fair game. When you grow up, you lose that feeling as you learn how to ‘properly’ interact with the environment.

‘Freerunning’ is a term often used with parkour. Creative and flashy, freerunning includes acrobatic movements like flips and spins being added to beautifully efficient parkour movements.

What Parkour means to us

Parkour is a kind of freedom that helps us see our environment. High walls, never truly noticed, are now challenges to conquer. Practice is a way for us to maintain the physical fitness we fought to achieve. Through parkour we have begun to explore and reclaim the city for our enjoyment; and change our perspective at the same time.

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