By Lonnie Tisdale
“Parkour is a movement-based practice aiming to help make individuals physically and mentally stronger, becoming balanced and rounded human beings who then help the community and others with those strong foundations.”
Originating in the suburbs of France in the 1980’s, Parkour or “l’art du déplacement”(The Art of Movement), was pioneered as a natural method of physical training; a discipline which involves seeing one’s environment in a new light and learning to overcome obstacles, both mental and physical.
With an emphasis on longevity, the goal is to move quickly and efficiently from point A to point B, and to become stronger in the process.
While complex and impassable as a whole, any obstacle can be overcome in a safe and positive way, using progression. Breaking it down, perfecting each piece and putting it back together with the entire obstacle not only overcome, but mastered. In this same way, you will master yourself.
This is the Philosophy of Parkour.
Along with the more functional aspects, Parkour opens doors to the ideals of freedom and expression. Allowing us to feel alive and to move creatively, reclaiming what it means to be a human being.
As one athlete put it, “It teaches us to move using the natural methods that we should have learned from infancy. It teaches us to touch the world and interact with it, instead of being sheltered by it.” (Andy Tran)