Wednesday, September 1, 2010

iPhone Diaries #232: "Parkour"

Tomas with his parkour moves, at the foot of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, on Norfolk. 10 PM, Sept 1st.
Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK), or l'art du d√©placement (Englishthe art of movement) is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment.[1] It is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible. Skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves are employed. The goal of a practitioner of parkour, called a traceur if male, or traceuse if female, is to get from one place to another using only the human body and the objects in the environment. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures available such as buildings and rails.

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