A short 1 min video with David Belle, Sébastien Foucan, Stephane Vigroux, and Romain Moutault. Even though we have searched the internet we still have no idea what “On r’met ça!?” means. If anyone has any idea please let us know.
Archive for April, 2008
Here is a video with David Belle and some of the guys from PKCali. The footage was filmed on July 17, 2005 when David was in California. The video has some great shots of David doing precision jumps and other various moves.
For part 3 of 3 we have a DBProd filmed during the OSRAM Parkour World Meeting in 2006 in
Part 2 of 3, this video is from a workshop in
For the next three days we will be posting videos from Parkour workshops in
Today we are posting the first installment. Made by Romain Moutault, this video shows the workshop Give it a Twist which was lead by Team Parkour.
Here is a German news feature broadcasted in 2005 that is dense with Parkour information. It features David Belle, the Yamakasi, and Austrian Tracer Andreas Kalteis.
The news pieces starts with David Belle at a Parkour workshop in Berlin. In this segment David talks about the origins of Parkour and one of the often overlooked mental aspects of Parkour. Clips featuring David are also shown from the Accroches Toi video and the feature film Banlieue 13 (District B13).
After the workshop the news feature moves to Lisses, where it spends considerable time with Austrian Tracer Andreas Kalteis. Andreas trains at some of the most famous locations in Lisses and prominently represents the mindset of humility and modesty when he refuses to do a jump for the camera.
The news piece ends with the Yamaksi and a short interview with Yann Hnautra. Yann talks about the Yamaksi organization and their, unreleased at the time but recently established, Majestic Force brand/label is also mentioned.
Gems of Parkour history are spread throughout this feature in the video clips and interviews. We have transcribed David’s dialogue below.
“I was interested in the story of my father. People always said, “Your father did this and that he saved people,” and I wanted to know why – what he was doing? He explained to me, ‘that is Parkour.’ I asked – ‘what is Parkour?’ and he told me that in Vietnam there are different kinds of Parkour. The more he told me the more I wanted to experience that myself because he did that too. When I was out, more and more young people came and asked ‘Can I participate? Can I participate?’ and I said ok, and here we are today.”
“You escape form the system, from pressure, from technology from such things. When you escape you feel free. When you stop you think about your problems, so when you do Parkour these thoughts aren’t there because you have to focus so you don’t get hurt.”
Similar in production to the Le Tuyau video, here is another video called Un Lundi Cool featuring David Belle, Kazuma and some other Tracers. Just like the title “Le Tuyau” we’re not exactly sure what “Un Lundi Cool” means. However, our best guess is that is means a “cool” or “Laid-back Monday.”
Here is an older Parkour video called Slomo’. It features not only David Belle and Stephane Vigroux, but also some of the first followers of David which many people have never heard of including Johann Vigroux, Steeve Rognognie, Romain Moutault, Rudy Duong, and Jérôme Ben Aoues.
Pay special attention to David’s palm spin at 2:09 and his hand placement on both vaults immediately after. His techniques on both moves are worth studying.
Training vs. Performance
This paper is based on the foundational principles of the ADAPT Training System (www.adapttraining.com)
In the last paper we covered the definition of training and its implications in our Parkour workouts. This is the basis for all material we will cover in future papers so I will repeat the definition of training here once again:
“Training is the act of introducing and reinforcing the ideal function of a muscle or muscular system.” (Brian Cassidy, ADAPT Training)
By perfecting the ideal function of your body you are instilling muscular efficiency which is at the center of Parkour philosophy and technique. However, before we can begin to unpack the physiological explanations behind this, we have to differentiate training from its brother performance.
Performance is not the same as training. We train so that we can perform, or, in other words, performance is the ideal we strive towards in our training. In thinking about the best way to describe this principle I was reminded of a post in a forum, written by “Pkdanno” of
Although we have now covered the idea of performance, like training before I will present you with a definition:
“Performance is the recruitment of the necessary movement to accomplish a task.” (Brian Cassidy, ADAPT Training)
Notice the differences between training and performance. Training builds the tools that make performance possible.
The one caveat that I will emphasize before I wrap up this paper is that ideal performance mandates correct movement. Unfortunately performance with the human body is achievable even without the proper tools, because even if you do not have the capabilities to move correctly your body will most likely still find a way to move. But this is highly problematic and presents severe physical dangers especially in a Parkour context. It doesn’t matter whether you are walking, doing a full squat with only your body weight, landing an 8 foot drop, or jumping the Man Power gap in Lisses, in the right context these are all performance movements and there are ideal ways for your body to perform all of them. And although the Man Power gap does require a much higher level of performance, if you do not have the tools necessary to perform EITHER of these movements correctly, then performing them puts you at risk for injury (More on this in the “Demand vs. Function” article).
This week my assignment for everyone is to figure out what parts of your Parkour workouts are training and what parts are performance based. If you are not performing a movement correctly (Note: strength and endurance are both parts of movement) then this is dangerous and you should ask yourself what you are doing wrong and how you can correct it. If you are performing a movement that you are not physically capable of doing correctly, then this is even more dangerous and you need to take a step back and find a way to train for that movement. Ask yourself how you can break down the move so you can build the necessary physical characteristics. This is the only proper way to ensure safe progression.
When you train you are building the physical tools necessary to move correctly. Performance is utilizing those tools to accomplish the desired movement. By understanding this difference you will be able to begin structuring your training and progression in the safest and most effective way.
Here is cool video titled Le Tuyau which a lot of people probably haven’t seen before. It features David Belle, Kazuma, Rudy D., and some other Tracers. “Tuyau” has many meanings in French three of which are “flue” “pipe” and “hose.” Given the aquatic characteristics of the main location in this video, it would be logical to name this place either of these three names in English. And although concepts expressed in different languages rarely retain the same meaning when literally translated, we have come to the conclusion that the title Le Tuyau… most likely refers to the name of the point that David and the others are running on. We have not been able to confirm this fact so if anyone knows for certain please let us know.