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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Parkour in China

videoParkour is a kind of sports started in France from 1980s by Raymond Belle and David Belle. It is a term originally means free running, as the non-competitive sport of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing and jumping. Participants run along a route, attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. The required skills include vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling, etc, so needless to say, in order to be a qualified traceur(practitioner of parkour), one has to experience tough training. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas.
According to Chau Belle, it is a "type of freedom" or "kind of expression", he prefers parkour be regarded as "only a state of mind" rather than a set of actions, for it is about overcoming and adapting to mental and emotional obstacles as well as physical barriers.
In quite a lot movies, we can also find the performance of parkour, like The Simpsons, American Dad , My Playground, Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream and many movies acted by famous Chinese kung fu star Jackie Chan.
For detailed information of parkour, we can see the video and as well as these pictures below and further more information can be seen at Onlinechinatours.


vaulting

People look surprisedly at the traceur, what would you do if you see such Urban Monkeys around you?

Jumping

Rolling

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