Parkour means "the way through" or "path" and has its origin in the French Special Forces obstacle training courses. It is the act of moving from point a to point b only utilizing the human body and the obstacles in the path for propulsion. French actor David Belle is considered to be the founder and pioneer of the discipline which he adapted from the teachings by his father Raymond Belle. Raymond himself developed the early form of Parkour as a youngster in a military orphanage as a method of self defense from a difficult childhood. A modern adaptation of Parkour is Freerunning which was termed by David's friend and Parkour early adopter S├ębsatien Foucan. Although the 2004 French film District 13 notably used Parkour, it was the 2006 Bond movie Casino Royale that is credited with launching the widespread us of the discipline in film, television and as a major gameplay element in video games such as Assassin's Creed and Mirror's Edge. Above is a riveting short by Claudiu Voicu which was filmed in real life recreating the game Mirror's Edge using Parkour. Watch additional footage by clicking here.
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