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.
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.