Parkour and Freerunning
Parkour is the art of movement. In this sport, you get past any obstacle you want by doing a bunch of movements that range from a simple jump to climbing walls to leaping down skyscrapers. Basic movements include jumping and vaulting and climbing. These are some basic skills used in parkour. Parkour is about moving from point A to B in the fastest yet most efficient way. In this sport, you don’t try moves to complicated but you work your way up. Start with simple moves like a roll, climb, or cartwheel. Then start with the rocket vault or wall flip which are more advanced than the other moves. This is how many traceurs improves their abilities. You can also do simple exercises to help you train. Push ups, sit-ups, pull ups, squats, lunges, and a crab walk are simple exercises that can help you with parkour. A person who practices parkour is known as a traceur or traceusse.
Freerunning is the cousin of parkour. It is also about moving from one area to another using movements. Yet, freerunning adds extra moves for show instead of only necessary movements. Freerunning was made since Sebastien, one of the creators of parkour, believed the sport wasn’t creative enough. Still, even with this difference, freerunning and parkour are very alike and have some of the same philosophies. Practicers of freerunning are known as freerunners.
Both freerunners as well as traceurs have groups around the world. These groups practice this sport and teach others. These groups also have meetings that are called jams or sessions that they meet up at. These groups are found all around the world and can be local, national… maybe even international. Finding a nearby parkour group can help you learn parkour.