What is Parkour? The following is excerpted from the American Parkour website:

Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.

  • Parkour requires… consistent, disciplined training with an emphasis on functional strength, physical conditioning, balance, creativity, fluidity, control, precision, spatial awareness, and looking beyond the traditional use of objects.
  • Parkour movements typically include… running, jumping, vaulting, climbing, balancing, and quadrupedal movement. Movements from other physical disciplines are often incorporated, but acrobatics or tricking alone do not constitute parkour.
  • Parkour training focuses on… safety, longevity, personal responsibility, and self-improvement. It discourages reckless behavior, showing off, and dangerous stunts.
  • Parkour practitioners value… community, humility, positive collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and the importance of play in human life, while demonstrating respect for all people, places, and spaces.

To create this definition, American Parkour asked the entire national community for their personal definition of parkour. It was edited into this final version by a committee of American Parkour employees and people outside of American Parkour to ensure that it was truly a community effort.


Links to learn more about Parkour:

Educational resource:

Who is David Belle?:

David Belle in action “Urban Ninja” video, 1:32 :

Interview with David Belle:

History of Parkour and Free running:

Urban Freeflow and Jump magazine:

Ryan Doyle shows rolling tutorial:

Parkour Gym in the Portland metro area:

Revolution Parkour Academy in Beaverton:

Parkour in the Seattle area:

Do you know a good Parkour gym in the Pacific Northwest, a fabulous video link?

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One Response to “Parkour”

  1. video: the shoulder roll « Space To Move ~ Balance & Coordination Says:

    […] June 27, 2010 — spacetomove The technique of the shoulder roll as used in Parkour is very similar to what is taught in aikido or judo. Here are a couple of tutorial […]

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