It is interesting to know about ... Parkour
31 Mar 2018

It is interesting to know about ... Parkour

Parkour, also known as Art Du Déplacement (Art Of Movement), is a more physical way of experiencing your environment – replacing walking with running, jumping and climbing. Not just a sport, Parkour can be considered as a human adventure, helping a practitioner to overcome their fears and develop their physical and mental abilities. Given the repetitive lives we lead – waking up, going to work, going home, sleeping ¬– many of us are stressed and overwhelmed by the cities we live in. Parkour is a way of embracing the city around you, rather than living a constrained life.

The practice of the ADD was born towards the end of the 80s in the Paris region, within a group of teenagers (friends or family members) who amused themselves initially to test their force and their agility of displacement. Encouraged by the encouragement within the group to become stronger and surpass oneself, these adolescents have gradually developed a rigorous training through specific exercises and targeted techniques preparing them physically and mentally for more and more prowess. complex.

With age, the group split up with different levels of affinity. Thus, three "brother" currents have emerged: Art Du Déplacement (ADD) , Freerunning (created by Sébastien Foucan) and Parkour (from David Belle), who today draw the landscape of practice around the world.

The practice became known to the general public in 2001 with the film "Yamakasi", whose title is taken from the name of the group YAMAKASI (this name of Zairian origin means 'Strong Spirit, Strongman, Corps fort') actually formed at the time by Chau Belle, Williams Belle, Yann Hnautra, Lawrence Piemontesi, Guylain Boyeke, Charles Perriere and Malik Diouf. Then later, in 2004 came the movie "Suburb 13" with David Belle and "The Sons of the Wind" with the group Yamakasi again. Since then, it has grown strongly in recent years and is becoming more and more popular.

Who can practice Parkour?

It can be practiced at any age and at any level. While walking, we sometimes see children taking their first steps towards Parkour, because they take advantage of their urban environment by scaling the low walls and jumping them ...

Young people are not afraid to jump from one place to another. Teens prepare their bodies to receive shocks and build a strong muscular hull. A Parkour community can help them safely develop their skills.

What physical progress is provided by Parkour?

It’s just amazing. At the start your body isn’t prepared. For the first few days you ache and you discover new muscles. Physical training, or conditioning, is really important for every person who wants to train in L’Art Du Déplacement. Laurent Piemontesi, founder of Yamakasi, the original Parkour group, explained it as the need to “prepare your body not for the next jump, but for the next ten years of practice”.

The benefits of Parkour are remarkable for every type of practitioner:

  • Youngsters: The ability to develop their co-ordination from a young age.
  • Teenagers: Prepare their body physically, and focus their energy.
  • Adults: Maintaining a good posture, and developing strength to prevent injury
  • Elders: Re-education by the sport. Helping them to prevent injury and mobility issues, including osteoporosis, by practicing a complete physical activity.

Sources : ADD Academy, LAPPSET