WHAT  IS PARKOUR?

par·kour/ pärˈko͝or

Parkour is a two syllable word pronounced as (par-core). Parkour is a noun and not a verb. These terms originated in France, this is where the term parkour was actually coined. The word comes from the French “parcours”, which literally means, “the way through”, or “the path”.

Parkour is the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.

Parkour is essentially to go from one place to another in the quickest and most efficient way possible overcoming any obstacle you encounter through the use of your own body. Another way to define Parkour is that Parkour is the act of moving from point “a” to point “b” using the obstacles in your path to increase your efficiency.

Parkour is looked at as a discipline and even a lifestyle much like martial arts. Whereas martial arts is the art of Fight, parkour is the art of flight.  A male who trains parkour is called a traceur, a female who trains parkour is called a traceuse.

“Parkour” with a “k” had its origins in a training program for French Special Forces known as “Parcours du combattant”, or “The Path of the Warrior”. It was David Belle, a French man, son of a Parcours Warrior and the “inventor” of Parkour, who changed the “c” to a “k”.

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