The word comes from the French “parcours,” which litteraly means, “the way through,” or “the path.” What we now all know as “Parkour,” with a “k,” had its origins in a training program for the French Special Forces known as “Parcours du combattant,” or “The Path of the Warrior.” It was David Belle, a French dude, son of a Parcours Warrior and the “inventor,” of Parkour, who changed the “c” to a “k,” and along with his comrades, the Yamakazi, began the worldwide movement you are now officially a part of and which also includes the phenomenon known as Freerunning (confused yet? Don’t give up! You’re almost there!)
According to the strictest definition, Parkour is the act of moving from point “a,” to point “b,” using the obstacles in your path to increase your efficiency. Sounds like a fun game right? A basic repertoire of moves developed of the years, like the “tic-tac,” the “kong-vault,” and the “gap jump,” that make Parkour immediately recognizable to most people who see it, even if they don’t know what it’s called!
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