Le Parkour: the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body
Parkour was founded by David Belle. It is a highly intensive sport that requires the practitioner to make split second decisions while on the run. The idea behind parkour is that when you are faced with a situation where you have to chase or run from someone, how do you get over all the obstacles and what is the most effective way of fleeing so that you can gain more ground. Sometimes acrobatics are included in the runs, although acrobatics was not originally involved when Parkour first started.
When training for Parkour, beginners normally start training in a gymnastic facility for the basics, such as breaking a fall, balance, spatial awareness etc. Only after attaining a certain level of prowess does the practitioner go out into the world.
I like one of the philosophies of Parkour: No rivalry, instead focus on self development. Parkour helps practitioners to boost their confidence, strength and agility, and spatial awareness. If you would like to practise parkour, please remember to wear protective gear for your weaker joints, warm up amply and hydrate yourself. Parkour is being introduced all over the world for the young and old, i.e. you don’t have to be a gymnast to practice it, you only need to get up and do it (: