Introducing Parkour

Parkour, also known as free running, could be described as a hybrid of street skateboarding, orienteering and martial arts, in which the goal is to navigate a route through an urban environment with fluid, forward movement and no pauses or breaks (think Permeability in the sB post "A Foundation for Sports Geography"). The aesthetics of various body positions along the way, as well as the aesthetics of the entire journey, are of utmost importance to the sport's philosophy. As PLSJ's Anne Galloway notes in her "Advanced Studies in Urban Cultures" course at Carleton University, there is a strong link between parkour and skateboarding's "performative critique" of the urban environment.

Courtesy of CBC Radio 3

(click on the image for a Flash introduction to parkour from CBC Radio 3)

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