The Parkour Federation’s view of Parkour
Parkour is a philosophy for life that incorporates a method of efficient movement within your environment, giving one the ability to conquer obstacles of any kind, be they physical or mental. It is a way of constantly seeking to improve and understand yourself and your physical limits through smart and consistent training. Parkour is a means of recapturing the natural beauty, power, grace and efficiency of the human body through a seemingly paradoxical combination of intense discipline and absolute freedom. The philosophy defines the movements, the movements do not define the philosophy.
Description of origins
Parkour was developed in France by David Belle. The underlying philosophy was passed down by his father, Raymond Belle, who used what we know now as Parkour to survive during the Vietnam War. George Herbert's Methode Naturalle, which emphasises "being strong to be useful" and being ready for any situation, was also an influence.
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