Parkour / Free Running is a physical discipline in which the performer solely uses their own bodies’ abilities, through quadrupedal movement, running, climbing and jumping, in order to move freely over and around varying terrains. Our very own Sam Parham gives us a trick or two to get us latched on…
Sebastian Foucan originally brought the discipline of Free Running over to the UK from France. His idea was to incorporate elements from break dancing, martial arts and gymnastics into a creative way of moving from A to B. It was Sebastian’s appearance in the awesome chase scene in the James Bond film Casino Royale in 2006, that really put Free Running on the map.
Not only is it super popular with guys as well as girls, there are many competitions such as Ninja Warrior UK, which our very own Katie McDonnell was a finalist at! Check out Katie’s incredible Free Running journey here.
There are enormous benefits associated with the discipline of Free Running especially for young people. In a London borough, crime rates seen in 8-13 year olds dropped by 69%, whilst an inclusive summer parkour course was running.
There are many ways to get involved with Parkour / FreeRunning. Centres such as the Chain Store in London or the 3RUN Parkour Academy in Basingstoke allow people to learn from coaches and practice in safe environments.
Generally, the sport is about you becoming a better version of you. There may be 10 or 20 people in a class but really you are only focussed on trying to better yourself.3RUN is one of the main providers of the sport in the London area.
Check out Sam’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgc_inmxYd8