Parkour involves running, jumping, or climbing across obstacles in an effort to go from Point A to Point B in the shortest time in the most efficient way.
This discipline was invented in France in the late 1980s and spread rapidly through internet videos, movies, and documentaries. Parkour can be traced back as far as World War 1, where it was used in military training. However, the accepted father of the modern discipline is David Belle, a French actor and stuntman.
Britain was the first country that recognized Parkour as a sport in the year 2016. Some of the sport’s biggest governing bodies are the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), established in 2008, Federation Internationale des Arts du Deplacement (FIADD, 2012), Mouvement Internationale du Parkour, and Freerunning et l’Art du Deplacement (2014).
Parkour is a judged sport where athletes are scored based on difficulty, execution, versatility and flow. One of the biggest competitive events is WFPF’s World Parkour Championship.
Helping to mainstream the sport lately has been The World Chase Tag, a new even series reminiscent of the childhood game tag with elements of parkour in a closed obstacle course.