November 16, 2007
Parkour is a new and exciting sport that people are performing around the world. Parkour is a French word for "the art of movement." Parkour was created by David Belle out of his imagination, his heritage and from his desire during childhood to find the means to move through the world in an efficient and fluid way. The objective of Parkour is getting from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. Parkour is a combination of vaults, landings, balance, precision, discipline and confidence.
Raymond Belle, David Belle's father was a fireman in France and served in the military. As a fireman and military officer he needed to have a way to get from one place to another but it was not like getting on a train and going to work, it was a matter of life and death. For example he needed to know what was the fastest and most efficient way to get into in the burning building, save as many people as possible and get out alive. If he is trying to get out of a building as quickly as possible while saving another person he would not do a back flip out of the building that would be a waste of energy and time. About fifteen years after David was born in Marine Seine, France, his father told him all of his "war" stories and taught him his life-saving techniques. David was extremely fascinated and thought he could put these strategies together in a fun and confidence boosting way. He and his friend, Sebastien Foucan, started jumping around with a purpose and invented and founded this movement. Little did they know that what they started would have such a large following and make such an impact on so many people in the world today.
Parkour is not just like any other sport, it is a way of life, and it changes your perspective of everything you see in the urban and rural environment, involuntarily. You can't help but see opportunities for performing Parkour in your surroundings as you walk, or...
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