What Is Parkour?
Parkour is a discipline based upon movement. Practitioners train their minds and bodies so that they can overcome any obstacle in their path as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is a discipline now followed by many around the world.
The discipline, also known as Free Running, was developed in France and draws its influences from many places. Parkour has many fundamental movements including running, jumping, climbing and vaulting. According to one of the earliest practitioners, David Belle,
“Parkour is getting over all the obstacles in your path as you would in an emergency situation. You want to move in such a way, with any movement, that will help you gain the most ground on someone/something as if escaping from someone/something or chasing toward someone/something.”
The actual art of Parkour is made up of many different movements, which can be either used individually or as a collection of movements creating “flow”. Some of these movements consist of vaults, climbing techniques, rolls and jumps. However, it becomes a lot more complicated than that.
A practitioner of Parkour (often referred to as a “Traceur”) has many goals:
• To be self-reliant and physically capable.
• To be fit, strong and healthy.
• To be honest and sincere, disciplined and focused.
• And finally to be useful and helpful to others.
Many people argue what true Parkour is and for that everyone adapts the discipline to their needs and different people and groups incorporate their own discipline/style into Parkour. So each and every person has their own ways of training.
There are moves that every one will practice for the basics of Parkour. We here at Nottingham Parkour do all the basics of Parkour. Sometimes you will see us do gymnastic type moves and somersaults.
This is due to we have already been training for a long time. Also, some of us have a gymnastic background so our bodies have adapted and are able to perform these moves. Saying this, those sorts of moves are not our main focus of our training and is not called ‘Parkour’. If you incorporate flips into your training it becomes ‘Freerunning’.
We have pictures of the odd flips but don’t be worried this is not Parkour. It’s about bettering ones self and abilities. This is only achieved through repetition, training constantly and challenging yourself.
Parkour helps you physically and mentally. The most important thing about Parkour is to have fun.
A full detailed description on Parkour can be found here :- Parkour Definition
A full detailed description on what Freerunning can be found here :- Freerunning Definition