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date: 26 September 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Dan EdwardesDan EDWARDES

Parkour, also known as freerunning and art du deplacement, is a movement-based physical practice involving running, jumping, and climbing, and is centered around challenge, exploration, and self-improvement. Created in the 1980s, parkour has its roots in exploring urban and rural environments and discovering one’s physical and mental limits through overcoming obstacles and adapting to one’s surroundings through movement. Parkour has a strong philosophical element, and the traceur (a parkour practitioner) is not just concerned with physical skills, but also with the improvement of one’s mental and ethical well-being. ...

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