What is Parkour?


pɑːˈkʊə/ - noun
Parkour is the non competitive movement discipline of being able to overcome obstacles, challenges and physical tasks effectively using only one’s body and mind.

History of Parkour

Parkour was first practised in France in the 1980s by a group called the Yamakasi, which consisted of nine members including David Belle and Sebastien Foucan.

‘Parkour’ was first coined by David Belle in the late 90s; it was based off of the French word Parcours which means ‘route’ or ‘course’.

Sabastien later used the word ‘Freerunning’ for a Channel 4 documentary “Jump London” in 2003; the term was used as a description for the French discipline to an English speaking audience.

Philosophy of Parkour

At the backbone of Parkour is the gift of practitioners discovering self reliance, determination and confidence within not only their training but in each and every aspect of their life.

This stems from them learning time and time again, that although a task is hard, they have the tools within their body to work towards and achieve their goals.

This physical empowerment crosses over to metal when they discover they can achieve what was once impossible with the right training and mindset.

Important when wanting to learn Parkour...

A large part of Parkour practise is facing one’s fears. However, the steps that lead up to overcoming mental or physical obstacles is often overlooked.

We give practitioners the tools and guidance to complete challenges that face them, safely and in due time.

As Parkour is a non-competitive sport we at no point encourage a practitioner to train outside of their comfort zone for short-term gain.

Strength, co-ordination, balance, spatial awareness and precision, to name a few, take time and careful attention to build; and we at LSP are willing to take each small step with a student to ensure their development is positive and not influenced by peer-pressure or ego along their Parkour journey.

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