Would You Pass a Parkour History Quiz?

 

“What famous film coined the term “Freerunning?””

“Is Yamakasi a film or a famous Parkour group?”

“What are the 10 essential movements of the “Méthode Naturelle?””


While Parkour is a new sport in the mainstream spotlight, its roots date back more than 100 years. Over that time, dozens of influential people helped to build the sport into what it is today. Some of them borrowed ideas from other cultures, while others looked deep inside their own minds.

When you put all their efforts together, you get the modern sport of Parkour. Here is a brief story about how the sport started.
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YOU'LL NEVER LAND FLIPS, GAINERS, OR WEBSTERS WITHOUT THIS

You've mastered some vaults and you feel confident. Now it's time to tackle flips. It might be too early but hey, we all need to start somewhere. Besides you’re getting bored and they seem so, so cool.
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Take Charge Of Your Nagging Parkour Injuries

There are three fundamental abilities you need to be great at Parkour. The first is technique. We have covered technique in our Ultimate Parkour Guide, and our Blocking, Delaying Rotation, and Tucking Tight tutorials.

The second ability is strength.  We recently covered strength in our Parkour Strength guide.  The last ability to round out this trio is mobility. We introduced mobility in our Ankles Guide, but today we will go in depth.
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What is Parkour?


Parkour has exploded in popularity over the years. What started as a simple form of exercise and mental training has grown into a global phenomenon. You have probably heard a lot about the sport. However, many outsiders still don't know what exactly is going on.

Here is a quick guide for those interested:
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The World’s Most Popular Parkour Locations (American Edition)


Everyone has a favorite spot to use when they want to do Parkour, but there are some locations that are so beloved that they are famous around the world. In this series, we break down some of the most popular Parkour locations in the world, and some of their challenges. To start things off, here are some of the best locations in America.  
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Parkour Milestones with Breathe Parkour

Learn how to level up your Parkour skills with the Breathe Parkour level system.

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Letter from the CEO: Why I Sponsored the WFPF Pro-AM Comp

The Pros and Cons of Sponsoring the WFPF Pro-AM Event


Should Breathe Parkour sponsor the upcoming World Freerunning & Parkour Federation (WFPF) event in Las Vegas? I struggled with this decision for a long time. I spoke to my peers, athletes planning to attend the event, athletes that were against it, athletes that had never heard of it, and parents of students that come to Breathe gyms. It was not a decision made lightly.

But, after all that deliberation, I decided that Breathe would sponsor the Las Vegas WFPF/Pro-AM Parkour Championship, and I’m proud that my organization will be a part of it. I’ve also decided that, in the future, we will make that same decision again, either for a WFPF event or other grassroots Parkour organizations, and I hope more Parkour organizations join us.

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PARKOUR BAILS: DO YOU KNOW HOW?

Falling is just a natural part of learning Parkour, and there is no way around it. It is inevitable that you will bail,  and sometimes it will hurt. Those that can move past the fear and pain go further than those who can’t.


With that said, you should always try to bail in the safest way possible. There are several techniques you can use to protect yourself when you mess up. Learning these techniques will help prevent injury, as well as allow you to train longer because you will spend less time on the sidelines.

All the top traceurs use techniques to protect themselves when they bail. If you look at their histories, most of them have gone without a serious injury in their careers.  You will need to be OK with bailing if you are going to get anywhere in this sport. The point of that advice is Read More

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Top 10 Animal Parkour Videos

This article really needs no introduction. It's not a training post, nor a musing on Parkour philosophy. As the title says, this piece is all about household pets practicing our favourite sport. There are a lot of them out there.


We often talk about Parkour being one of the most natural sports around. It is the sport of movement, which is an essential survival skill. This sport is based on efficient and natural movement, something animals are masters of. In the truest sense of the sport, they are able to do it just as we are.

With all of that aside, it’s also just plain old fun and cute to watch cats and dogs with some Parkour swag. Without further adieu, here are our top 10 Animal Parkour Videos.
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Parkour Games That Will Help You Train

Continual progression is a big part of the game, and that can be gruelling if training is solely focused on drilling moves over and over. Using games to help with your Parkour skills will add a small boost to your mentality and allow you to grow as an athlete.


Games like these are a great way to switch up your training routine, and have some fun while doing it. Some of these games can be done by yourself or with a group, but the entire point of them is to get better at Parkour without worrying about some of the pitfalls. Get good at these games, and you'll raise your skill level in no time flat. So here are some of the more interesting games people have made up to help them train.
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