Look out for Parkour

I’ve recently been introduced to the powers of YouTube. Having this awesome video resource at my fingertips has really excited me. All the good music videos you can think of are there. The Big Brother 7 (UK) audition tapes are there. I was going to blog about the Crazy Bike video, because of the amazing … Continue reading “Look out for Parkour”

I’ve recently been introduced to the powers of YouTube. Having this awesome video resource at my fingertips has really excited me. All the good music videos you can think of are there. The Big Brother 7 (UK) audition tapes are there.

I was going to blog about the Crazy Bike video, because of the amazing human skill. But then I saw Top Gear and I started to type Parkour in to the search. What I’ve found here is really amazing. Parkour or ‘Free Running’ as it’s known in England is a new sport which consists of running, jumping, back-flipping, wall-running, spinning and summersaulting from great heights, at speed, usually in urban areas.
I saw a show on UK TV about 3 years ago called Jump London which studied the activity. A little research led me to discover that its founders are Frenchmen S├ębastien Foucan and his friend David Belle, who appear in the blockbusters Casino Royale and Luc Besson’s, District 13 respectively. So watch out for them in these.

I’ve picked out a few which I think are particularly good. So click, sit back and prepare to be amazed. Anyway, the closest I’m going get is playing Prince Of Persia.

7 thoughts on “Look out for Parkour”

  1. These free runners really do amaze me. I think it must feel like flying. In fact i tried something similar when i was about 12 (not really similar but can’t i pretend?!) I ran and jumped really high thinking i could land on my arse (just like you can on a trampoline) i was hoping i could jump straight up and fly off over a bush. Sadly i never made it further than landing on my butt, which really hurt. NO more pretend free running for me.

  2. If you realy are interested in Parkour, or even if you simply want to talk about it on a public blog, you must know that Parkour is NOT freerunnning and freerunning is NOT Parkour. It is a translation and marketting error. Here’s a good site about Parkour:
    http://www.parkour.net
    Look for definitions, check the forum, you will understand.
    Please dont spread wrong informations.

  3. @Leonard:
    Thanks for your comments Leonard. I will check out parkour.net. You have taken the time to tell us what Free Running is not, but why not tell us what it is?

  4. I will try to be brief since this a comment section. These informations comes from Wikipedia, the definitions of both Parkour and Freerunning are agreed by both community.

    Freerunning:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_running

    Free running is a physical discipline, in which participants (Free runners) attempt to pass all obstacles in their path in a smooth and fluid way. Free runners interact with their environment using movements such as vaulting, jumping, somersaults and other acrobatic movements, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving.

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

    Parkour is a physical discipline inspired by human movement, focusing on uninterrupted, efficient forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one’s environment. Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and other more complex techniques. The goal of parkour is to adapt one’s movement to any given obstacle.

    According to founder David Belle, the spirit of parkour is guided in part by the notions of “escape” and “reach”, that is, the idea of using physical agility and quick thinking to get out of difficult situations, and to be able to go anywhere that one desires

    Even more briefly, Freerunning (or freestyle Parkour) comes from the same origins as Parkour, exept that it includes “athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving”.

    But to fully understand the subtil difference between both arts and the very young but complicated history of all of this, reserche are mandatory.

    Thank you!

    Leonard

  5. im only 10 an i got on top of a flat! woah… i gotta stop drinking red bull! free running rocks say you try

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