The sport known as Parkour has it’s roots in military obstacle course training, but it has a growing following – especially among women.
Every Thursday, “Shirley” emails the 100 or so members of her all-female Parkour crew, including the British movie actress Christina Chong and her sister Lizzi, a professional dancer. In which she reveals a secret location for that night’s challenge. She keeps the venue a surprise so her crew never know what to expect and she keeps guys away because the biggest threat to Parkour – as even Parkour’s all-male founders would agree – is testosterone.
Parkour / Freerunning / Art du Deplacement is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include: fitness, strength, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and a creative vision.
Parkour is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing one’s physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them. It is a method of training one’s body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective and liberated as possible in any environment.