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Are you into: Parkour?

By Ryan Morrison
Free Running or Le Parkour is a fast growing sport in the UK and it is starting to emerge in Jersey, we want to know if you practice it...

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The first open Parkour meet-up will be taking place in Jersey on Saturday 16 December 2006 from 12:00 at Hue Court in St Helier.

What is Parkour?

Le Parkour and Free Running are the same thing, Free Running was a term used to describe the motions of the sport in Jump London (a TV programme about the sport), with the ideas of free movement inspiring the name.

Parkour was developed in France and originally comes from the word ‘parcour’, loosely translated as ‘obstacle course’.

Obstacle course seems to be a fairly accurate definition of the sport, the people who take part treat city landscapes as one big playground, using the architecture in a way that is as stylish and graceful as possible.

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Rails, walls and roof gaps are used in a series of vaults, climbs, leaps and improvised movements. However this isn't a sport to be taken lightly and certainly isn't something that you can do without any practice, don expect to jump from the steam clock on to a moving bus without killing yourself, the sport requires immense discipline and practice.

Parkour has been influenced and developed from Buildering (the use of buildings as rock climbing opportunities) and gymnastics (among others).

Techniques perfected in these sports have been combined to create a hybrid ‘extreme’ sport, with displays of the discipline found in the gymnasium coupled with hazards of performing on concrete surfaces.

There are a wide variety of motions found in the sport and this means that different traceurs (people involved in the sport) style themselves according to what comes most naturally and appeals to that person’s taste.

We have spoken to Jersey’s law officers and can't find anything that legislates against Parkour, however it is recommend by experts that you practice in a safe environment like a gym.

last updated: 13/12/06
 
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rizzle
i want to learn, but my parents say no right nowi hate it when i see things that say people doing flips are tracuers-thay are FREE RUNNERSFLIPS AREN'T PK!!!

kit b
parkour and free running are believed to be te same thing, but most traceurs do npt like them to be refered to as the same thing.Parkour is widely known as the discipline of developing the physical and mental capacity of the human being while through training to overcome obstacles. where as free running has no objective the just try and make it more stylish with tricks and flips. Me and my friends do parkour but we also practice for free running too. even though we do this we do not refer to them as the "same thing."

kit b
parkour and free running are believed to be te same thing, but most traceurs do npt like them to be refered to as the same thing. Parkour is widely known as the discipline of developing the physical and mental capacity of the human being while through training to overcome obstacles. where as free running has no objective the just try and make it more stylish with tricks and flips.

AAA King
I am trying to learn parkour, but I moved from NJ 2 years ago to PA, so yeah...

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