Parkour, or le parkour because it was invented in France, is a sport considered by many to also be philosophy that combines elements of running, martial-arts and dance into an elegant, and often gravity defying, form of movement. The goal is to move from one point to the other quickly and efficiently. Find out more about the sport, its history and what it takes to practice it in our quiz below.
Please note: Many people who participate in parkour are trained athletes who are experts at executing seemingly impossible or dangerous moves. Do NOT try anything that could get you injured without professional training, supervision or both.
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When was parkour invented?
Though its origins are somewhat debatable, the concept of parkour was created by Raymond Belle. He passed his philosophy on to his son, David Belle, who helped popularize the sport.
What is freerunning?
Freerunning started out as an English word for the French parkour, but has since become slightly different, since parkour focuses on traveling over terrain and freerunning tends to be more stylized.
Anyone can participate in parkour.
Anyone can get involved in parkour, but it does require a certain amount of strength, agility and common sense so you don’t get hurt.
You need tons of special equipment for parkour.
You do need a good pair of shoes with great grip and some place to go, but otherwise you don’t need much equipment for the sport.
To be great at parkour, you need a background in:
Though a background in sports in general is helpful, as long as you’re willing to work hard, you don’t need special skills in any one sport.
What is a participant in parkour called?
Traceurs are male and traceuses are female. Both words are derived from the French word for “bullet.”
Which of the following films did NOT feature at least one scene that used parkour?
The Last Airbender did not contain any parkour. Jump London is specifically about parkour.
When I saw them talking about parkour on channel one I got excited, been doing almost my entire life and I love it!!!
When I heard Channel one news was talking about parkour and freerunning, I was exited because i do parkour for fun and for exercise, it is really fun.