How Parkour Works

Parkour Crews & Community
Forrest from Urban Freeflow performs a precision jump for a "Discovery Channel" shoot.
Forrest from Urban Freeflow performs a precision jump for a "Discovery Channel" shoot.
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The parkour community not only provides safety but is instrumental in a traceur's growth. Parkour crews hit the city together and participate in what they call "jams" or "sessions," which consist of different drills or games like follow the leader where each traceur does the same move as the one before. Community learning is vital to parkour because it provides an appropriate context for the ability of non-professional traceurs. This takes away the pressure to perform movements outside of one's abilities and minimizes the possibility of injury.

As it stands, parkour is still too new to have any literature printed in book form. Most information is hosted online by parkour organizations and crews around the world. Urban Freeflow is at the center of the global parkour community, always aiming to give back to the discipline and help those pursuing it. Through online message boards, an ample library of Web articles, photos and videos, Urban Freeflow works to provide much needed education to those practicing parkour.

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Whether purists like it or not, parkour is in the media and people everywhere are trying it. These people need to be educated. Urban Freeflow runs two academies for parkour training: one is designated for youth (ages 8 to 19) while the other is open to the general public. In what they consider a monumental step forward, as of April 24, 2006, Urban Freeflow teaches an AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) accredited course on the fundamentals of parkour to schools in the Westminster area of London.

As parkour gains media exposure through advertising, films and television, commercialization is inevitable. Only time will tell what the future holds for it, but one thing's for sure: parkour will always be what you make of it.

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