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Published:June 13th, 2007 08:57 EST
Vestige of the Vox Populi #26

Vestige of the Vox Populi #26

By Sean Stubblefield

Translated to English from French, Parkour is “the art of displacement“. It consists of quickly, spontaneously and efficiently moving across a landscape by acrobatically going over, under or through obstacles instead of around them. Like martial arts or gymnastics, it is a mix of athletics and artistry.


Practitioners of parkour are called traceurs-- from the verb “tracer“, which means “to trace” (as in tracing a course or path) or “to go fast“. Being an activity demanding physical strength, the majority of traceurs are male.


Parkour may incorporate free running, but they are not the same thing. The primary goal of Parkour is efficiency, while free running is concerned with aesthetics and elegance of movement.