Difference between Parkour and Freerunning

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Theodore Haugland
English 1301 TTH 2:00-3:30
Melinda Darnell
28 October 2010
Urban Movement
Parkour and freerunning look like the same thing, but they are two different sports with completely different concepts. Parkour and freerunning are two different sports that both use the environment as a playground. A Parkour practitioner or tracuer is someone trying to get from one place to another as fast as possible. Someone that uses movement in their environment as a means of art is a freerunner. Both of these sports use advanced techniques to overcome obstacles. The most distinct difference in movement is the flips and spins that a freerunner uses in their movement. Both freerunning and parkour incorporate the same type of strength. These two sports are very similar, but have completely different concepts. Freerunning is a mean of entertainment, but parkour is something that can be used as a tool. The first Parkour Techniques were created by Georges Hébert and used by the French military in World War 1 and World War 2. To date, many countries around the world have begun training parkour techniques to soldiers because of its effectiveness in combat. Firefighters have also found parkour to be very useful training. Climbing urban territory is one of the main aspects of parkour. Firefighters can use these climbing techniques to get to an elevated area that is blocked by fire. Even though most freerunners climb as well, it would be irrelevant for the military or fire department to do flips and spins off their obstacles. That’s the reason this training is labeled parkour, instead of freerunning. Both a freerunner and tracuer will have similar strengths. Unlike most sports that involve weight training, a practitioner of parkour or freerunning focuses on things like balance, flexibility, agility. Because the strength involved is so similar, a practitioner of sometimes intertwines freerunning and parkour techniques in their movement. This is one reason parkour and...
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