What is Parkour?
Parkour's ethos is all about overcoming challenge and improving oneself with the aim of being self sufficient and helping others.
Training is primarily movement based with a focus on overcoming obstacles and performing physical tasks and challenges.
Practitioners use running, jumping, climbing and a vast array of specialist movements to overcome obstacles whilst also building their fitness.
The sport originally termed Art du Deplacement, now often referred to as Parkour or Freerunning, was founded in the suburbs of Paris, France in the 1980s by a group of nine young men.
The founders are David Belle, Yann Hnautra, Chau Belle, Laurent Piemontesi, Sebastien Foucan, Guylain N’Guba Boyeke, Charles Perriere, Malik Diouf and Williams Belle.
The term ‘Parkour’ was first introduced by David Belle in 1998. Parkour derives from the French word Parcours meaning ‘route’ or ‘course’
Be strong to be useful
Beyond the joy of movement we train for a purpose: To have a positive impact on the community around us, be it our family or our immediate circle of influence. We build ourselves to be healthy and useful to those around us.
To be and to last
Parkour is not a practise for short term thrill, we treat our mind and bodies with a great deal of care and practice in a way that brings us the best possible health benefits decades down the road in order for us to be able to enjoy movement for as long as possible.
We start together, we finish together
Parkour is as much a group activity as it is an individual one. Training together helps us push ourselves as we provide one another with encouragement. We extend a helping hand to other practitioners.
Gradually develop a healthier relationship with your fears and build up the confidence to overcome a variety of obstacles.
Build on your fitness as you practice attributes of it within your movement to overcome obstacles with speed, strength and power.
Express yourself as you explore and move your body in a combination of different ways over, under and through varying obstacles.