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What is Parkour / Le-Parkour?

Phrases, such these heard again and again:

"Parkour is trendy, Parkour is fun!"
"Parkour is the art of movement."
"Parkour is to overcome obstacles and to overcome self!"

All these are descriptions only. Definitions they are still far away.

So what is Parkour, why and how to train and practice Parkour?

Parkour means:
effectively and safely overcome an obstacle - in the urban area are the walls and walls, benches and tables, barriers and railings, in and outside buildings, in the subway, etc. (Some people practicing Parkour in the office over desks and bins)
Even in rural areas Parkour enjoys great popularity - because of trees, rocks, ditches, tree branches and because of the diversified and healthy environment.

Important in parkour is that the movements are fluid, safety and efficient! "Stunts" and "tricks", e.g. flips or screws are "frowned upon" in parkour and reserved for other types of sports and exercise! - e.g. » Freerunning or tricking.
Safety is an important issue. Every movement, every step should be practiced through sustained training. Any (no matter how experienced you are) situation must always be evaluated by a risk assessment.

Why to train parkour?
Parkour is easy to do - without complicated and expensive (sports) equipment. The own body and conventional running and sportswear is generally sufficient.
You can be practice parkour anywhere and at any time. There are no restrictions. From childhood on, down to the "Golden Age" Parkour is possible.
It is always important to stay within one's own physical and mental capabilities and to insist no "tests of courage."
Parkour requires its own body and promotes strength, flexibility, skill and mental determination.
Thus, even in everyday life Parkour can help to find the right decisions in different situations and has a supportive effect for decision making.

In addition to Parkour's physical (athletic) component, the spiritual component is essential.
The respect and the attitude of the traceurs will have a central role.
» Parkour Philosophy

How to train parkour?
The traceur do parkour always on its own - there is no competitive mesurement to performance
The training can also be done within a group - but the traceurs skill only is the scale and not anybody others skill.
Of course, the training within a group also help others to learn and understand how to do parkour. Also other sources, such as videos can inspire and helps to study techniques and how to apply self.
» Parkour Training

Movements for parkour?
Because, as with any physical activity, there is always a risk of injury, so it is important for (future) traceurs, always to consider how and whether it makes sense to overcome an obstacle. Therefore, even warming up before exercise is an important factor and the correct self-assessment. In parkour there are some (fixed) movement, which allow an efficient and safe movement and overcoming obstacles.
» Parkour moves and movements

Parkour Terms:

What is a Traceur?
A traceur is the runner who practice Parkour. Parkour teaches the skill, stamina and determination of the traceurs.
The freedom of movement is important for the traceur. The child's (basic) forms of movement (climbing and jumping) also seems to convey the traceur a feeling of happiness.
» More about Traceurs

Was sind Spots?
Spots are places (locations) where it's worth to spend time on training parkour. I.e. there are enough obstacles in the (near) environment. That can be walls, fences and railings (rails), stairs, scaffoldings, or simply obstacles in the landscape, such as electricity boxes.
» Parkour-Spots

The right selection of spots:
Depending on the progress of the traceurs (skill) - spots are to be valued differently, of course. Beginners will have problems with high walls or deep abysses - so it is advisable to look at that place before practicing by reading reviews in various forums or in the spots map or ask other traceurs for help to select the right place for your training.
A collection of interesting spots with level indication for "skill" and "fun" is available at the point
» Parkour-Spots as a service on Le-Traceur.net.

Parkour is movement and the art of movement!