PARKOUR–The Art of Movement

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, sports |

So how many of you have ever been to the film B13 also known as District 13/Banlieue 13??If you haven’t yet then its high time that u do! coz that has been one of the best rated action films and its really fantastic , awesome movie.The fight sequences are outstanding. Now you might be wondering as why this guy talks about this film though there are a handsome no. of films which are more action centric! But heyy there is an interesting part about the film-Its called the art of free running or the PARKOUR!! which the hero David Belle advertises(hint:U might have very well seen the Akshay’s Thumbs Up ad where he moves round the buildings–It is referred as Parkour). Now what is PARKOUR–lets check it out…..

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. 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 practised in both rural and urban areas. Parkour practitioners are referred to as traceurs, or traceuses for females.

Founded by David Belle in France, parkour focuses on practising efficient movements to develop one’s body and mind to be able to overcome obstacles in an emergency.

Parkour is a physical activity that is difficult to categorize. Often miscategorized as a sport or an extreme sport, parkour has no set of rules, team work, formal hierarchy, or competitiveness. On the contrary it is more like an art or discipline that resembles self-defense in the ancient martial arts. According to David Belle, “the physical aspect of parkour is getting over all the obstacles in your path as you would in an emergency. You want to move in such a way, with any movement, as to help you gain the most ground on someone or something, whether escaping from it or chasing toward it.” Thus, when faced with a hostile confrontation with a person, one will be able to speak, fight, or flee. As martial arts are a form of training for the fight, parkour is a form of training for the flight.Because of its unique nature, it is often said that parkour is in its own category.

An important characteristic of parkour is efficiency. Practitioners move not only as fast as they can, but also in the most direct and efficient way possible; a characteristic that distinguishes it from the similar practice of free running, which places more emphasis on freedom of movement, such as acrobatics. Efficiency also involves avoiding injuries, short and long-term, part of why parkour’s unofficial motto is être et durer (to be and to last). Those who are skilled at this activity normally have an extremely keen spatial awareness.

Traceurs claim that parkour also influences one’s thought process by enhancing self-confidence and critical-thinking skills that allow one to overcome everyday physical and mental obstacles. A study by Neuropsychiatrie de l’Enfance et de l’Adolescence in France reflects that French traceurs seek for more sensation and leadership than gymnastic practitioners. The French also have a more narcissistic personality, but one that does not seem to be linked to maladaptive or psychopathologic behaviors. This study runs contrary to the general attitude of the majority of large parkour communities around the world where humbleness and selflessness are common characteristics of practitioners. Traceurs are known for helping others and giving back to their community as evident in the worldwide “Leave No Trace” initiative.

External Links

B13 imdb title

David Belly’s official Blog


District13-torrent links

David Belle on Wikipedia

How PARKOUR works


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