Parkour and Free Running participants-some seriously crazy athletes

The Wikipedia definition of Parkour:

Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) or l’art du déplacement (English: the art of movement) 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 (the verb tracer “to trace” is French slang for moving with extreme speed).

Parkour founder David Belle. Freak athlete.

The Wikipedia definition of Free Running:

Free running is a physical art, in which participants (free runners) use the urban and rural areas to perform movements through its structures focused on freedom and beauty. It incorporates efficient movements from parkour, adds aesthetic vaults and other acrobatics, such as tricking and street stunts, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving. It is commonly practiced at gymnasiums and in urban areas that are cluttered with obstacles.

Free Running scene from the beginning of the last James Bond film, Casino Royale, featuring Sebastian Foucan.

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2 Responses to “Parkour and Free Running participants-some seriously crazy athletes”

  1. Matt Says:

    Freaking awesome! Plus I love the song with Chris Cornell in it. I didn’t know which band it was from until I checked the all-knowing Wikipedia (Audioslave). RAWK! There IS still good music in the world.

  2. Matt Says:

    HA! After reading more about Chris Cornell, he wrote the theme song for Casino Royale, which has a huge scene of Parkour in the beginning. Funny coincidence. Parkour seems to adopt Cornell and their pied piper or something.

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