Parkour, also referred to as Freerunning, is a training discipline that focuses on developing the body and mind through movement, challenge and exploration. It combines running, jumping, climbing and rolling movements to enable a practitioner to overcome any obstacle in his or her path.
Parkour or freerunning is a fun and creative activity in which people of all ages, genders and abilities can participate. Practitioners explore their capabilities using any architecture available, constantly exploring to find new challenges and ways to adaptto their surroundings.
Parkour was started in France in the 1980s by a group of young men who called themselves Yamakasi. This group of friends took their childhood games and blended them with influences from the martial arts, military training, natural methods of physical fitness, etc, to develop parkour over a number of years. It had a wide and varied set of influences, but its core principles were to challenge oneself always, physically and mentally, to discover one’s own true potential.
Benefits of Parkour
Parkour is a highly advanced form of physical activity and therefore assists in combating cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers. Physical activity in combination with a healthy balanced diet has a direct relationship with helping to prevent obesity or persons being overweight. The effect of physical activity on psychological wellbeing has been well documented to show a positive relationship. An increase in self-confidence and overall wellbeing can also have a positive impact on learning.
Parkour is proven to have a direct impact on reducing antisocial behaviour, as the discipline encourages cooperation between practitioners and fosters a sense of community.
A Parkour Training Facility is a positive use of an existing space and can enhance any existing facilities whether it is a play or fitness area. Parkour encourages community building, social inclusion, breaking down cultural barriers and gender stereotyping. With the risks and legal implications involved in practicing parkour on private property a Parkour Training Facility provides a space for practitioners both new and experienced to practice parkour in a controlled and safe environment.