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Parkour(the art of movement)is a discipline that appeared first in France, more similar to a martial art than to a sport, focused on moving from one point to another as smoothly, efficiently and quickly as possible using the abilities of the human body. It is built on the philosophical premise that any obstacle, physical or mental, can be surpassed.

Parkour is most often practiced outdoors, usually without spectators, and is not considered to be performance.According to REFO, "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.

A characteristic of parkour is efficiency. Practitioners move not only as rapidly as they can, but also in the most direct and efficient way possible. This characteristic distinguishes it from the similar practice of free running, which places more emphasis on freedom of movement and creativity. However, it is not certain whether freerunning was initially intended to be similar to parkour.Efficiency also involves avoiding injuries, both short and long term. This idea embodying 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.

To understand the philosophy of parkour takes quite a while, because you have to get used to it first. While you still have to try to actually do the movements, you will not feel much about the philosophy. But when you're able to move in your own way, then you start to see how parkour changes other things in your life; and you approach problems — for example in your job — differently, because you have been trained to overcome obstacles. This sudden realization comes at a different time to different people: some get it very early, some get it very late. You can't really say 'it takes two months to realize what parkour is'. So, now, I don't say 'I do parkour', but 'I live parkour', because its philosophy has become my life, my way to do everything.
—Andreas Kalteis,

There are fewer predefined movements in parkour than gymnastics, as it does not have a list of appropriate "moves". Each obstacle a traceur faces presents a unique challenge on how they can overcome it effectively, which depends on their body type, speed and angle of approach, the physical make-up of the obstacle, etc. Parkour is about training the "bodymind" to react to those obstacles appropriately with a technique that works. Often that technique cannot and need not be classified and given a name. In many cases effective parkour techniques depend on fast redistribution of body weight and the use of momentum to perform seemingly impossible or difficult body manoeuvres at speed. Absorption and redistribution of energy is also an important factor, such as body rolls when landing which reduce impact forces on the legs and spine, allowing a traceur to jump from greater heights than those often considered sensible in other forms of acrobatics and gymnastics.

According to David Belle, you want to move in such a way that will help you gain the most ground as if escaping or chasing something. Also, wherever you go, you must be able to get back, if you go from A to B, you need to be able to get back from B to A,but not necessarily with the same movements or passements.

Training places
Unlike many other activities, parkour is not currently practiced in dedicated public facilities (e.g., skateparks), although efforts are being made to create places for it.raceurs practice parkour in urban areas like gyms, parks, playgrounds and abandoned structures. Concerns have been raised regarding trespassing, damage of property,and the practice in inappropriate places.However, most traceurs will take care of their training spots and will remove themselves quickly and quietly from a public place if asked.

There is also the concern that practitioners are needlessly risking damage to both themselves and rooftops by practicing at height, with police forces calling for practitioners to stay off the rooftops.Figures within the parkour community, including parkour instructors and David Belle, agree that this sort of behaviour is not to be encouraged.These issues, however, do not appear to apply to the majority of practitioners whose relationship with authorities is generally a positive one.

There is no equipment required, although practitioners normally train wearing light casual clothing:
* Light upper body garment — such as T-shirt, sleeveless shirt or crop top.
* Light lower body garment — such as light trousers or light shorts.

The only gear really required is comfortable athletic shoes that are generally light, with good grip. British based company Inov-8 offers a parkour specific line. Some traceurs use sweat-bands for forearm protection, or even thin athletic gloves to protect the hands, but most traceurs advise against this as it reduces grip and feel.

Filmography of Parkour
* Yamakasi (2001)
* District B13 (2004)
* The Great Challenge (2004)
* Casino Royale (2006), and its sequel Quantum of Solace (2008)
* Breaking and Entering (2006)
* Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
* The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
* American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
* Punisher: War Zone (2008)
* Ayan (film) (2009)
* Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
* District B13 Ultimatum (2009)

Notable parkour documentaries include:

* Jump London (2003)
* Jump Britain (2005)
* Génération Yamakasi — Vol au dessus des cités (2006)
* Jump Westminster (2007)
* Parkour Journeys (2007)
* Pilgrimage (2008)
* Point B (2009) (Requires Flash to view Documentary)
* The life and times of two traceurs: Luke and Miles Deverson. (2009)
* Parkour - The Nature Of Challenge (2009)
* 3RUN Video Clips of Parkour.

Television series:

* Heroes, Season 2 (2007)
* Top Gear, Series 8, Episode 7 (2006) - Traceurs race a Peugeot 207 across Liverpool
* Can we help?, Episode 3, Friday 27 February , 2009 - Pete Investigates.
* MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge, Thursday, October 22nd, 2009. MTV and The World Free Running and Parkour Federationannounced they will air the one hour special that stars 8 Wfpf athletes: Daniel Ilabaca, Ryan Doyle, Tim “Livewire” Shieff, Pip Anderson, Daniel Arroyo, King David, Brian Orosco, and Michael Turner.

Parkour has also been featured in video games:

* inFamous (2009)
* [PROTOTYPE] (2009)
* Mirror's Edge (2008)
* Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008)
* Assassin's Creed (2007) and its sequel Assassin's Creed II (2009)
* Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007) and its sequel Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
* Prince of Persia (1989–2008)
* Splinter Cell and its various sequels (2002–present)
* Tony Hawk's American Wasteland

Music Videos:

* Three Doors Down - It's Not My Time (2008)
* Madonna - Hung Up (2005)
* Madonna - Jump (2006)
* In Flames - Touch of Red
* MURS - Can It Be
* Guano Apes - Big in Japan



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Methodical, progressive and continuous action, from childhood to adulthood, that has as its objective: assuring integrated physical development; increasing organic resistances; emphasizing aptitudes across all genres of natural exercise and indispensable utilities (walking, running, jumping, quadrupedal movement, climbing, equilibrium (balancing), throwing, lifting, defending and swimming); developing one's energy and all other facets of action or virility such that all assets, both physical and virile, are mastered; one dominant moral idea: altruism.
—Georges Hébert,

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