Le Parkour is the discipline of getting from one point to another with efficiency, speed and control. Imagine an escape/reach situation, trying to get somewhere as fast as possible, like being chased by somebody. Le Parkour gives you the skills to be able to put distance and obstacles between you and that person, or the ability to cross a distance to reach someone in need. It teaches you to react quickly, have confidence in yourself and your own ability, develop your mental capabilities and also become faster, more agile and stronger. As such it is a very complete way of training and requires the entire body and concentration of the mind.
Le Parkour is an internationally new activity originating in the Parisian suburb of Lisses, France around the mid 1990’s, exploding in popularity and recognition throughout the globe in the last few years. The ‘Method Naturelle’ was a system of training founded in 1905 by Georges Hebert (1875-1957) as a way of physically training as well as developing moral values, with large emphasis on altruism. Instead of the physical education such as that of gymnastics, Hebert wanted to develop something closer to nature and more complete, encompassing all basic elements of movement including quadrupedal, throwing, jumping, defending, as well as increasing the body’s resistance to harsh conditions. With the motto of ‘Etre fort pour etre utile’ (be strong to be useful), training took place mainly outdoors in purposefully built areas, becoming the first obstacle courses to later be adopted by military and firefighting units throughout the world.