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Saturday, February 9, 2008


Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) or l'art du déplacement (English: the art of displacement) is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment — from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls — and can be practiced in both rural and urban areas. Parkour practitioners are referred to as traceurs, or traceuses for females.

Blue, from Urban Freeflow, performs a Kong vault.

Forrest from Urban Freeflow performs a precision jump for a "Discovery Channel" shoot.

Sébastien Foucan clears a gap on a stadium roof for Jump Britain.

Sébastien Foucan completes a cat leap.

Urban Freeflow's Ez leaps across a gap 45 feet above the ground

Founded by David Belle in France, parkour focuses on practicing efficient movements to develop one's body and mind to be able to overcome obstacles in an emergency.Parkour's development into a cohesive discipline first began in 1988 in Lisses, France, when David Belle was 15 years old. Belle was greatly influenced by his father's experiences as a renowned rescuer and military firefighter in the Paris regiment of the sapeurs-pompiers.

Parkour is a physical activity which is difficult to categorize. It is not an extreme sport, but an art or discipline that resembles self-defense in the martial arts.When faced with a hostile confrontation with a person, one will be able to speak, fight, or flee. As martial arts are a form of training for the fight, parkour is a form of training for the flight.

The most Parkour notable appearances have been in narrative films:

* Yamakasi (2001)
* District B13 (2004) (Banlieue 13)
* The Great Challenge (2004)
* Casino Royale (2006)
* Breaking and Entering (2006)
* Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0) (2007)
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