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What Is Parkour?

Learn what parkour is from expert Ann Kaczka in this Howcast video.

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My name is Ann Kaczka, I've been practicing Parkour since 2007. My first day training was with David Belle at the New Yorker festival. And since then I've trained solo in Thailand, climbing trees on the streets of London and Paris. And now I'm back in New York City. And today I'm here to talk to you about Parkour.

Parkour is a method of training where you strengthen your body as well as your mind by overcoming obstacles, physical obstacles and mental obstacles as well. Parkour's origins were widely debated upon by its practitioners. Climbing trees is back to France, the actual word parkour is an alternative take on the phrase parkour de Comberton which is a military obstacle training course. From there at some point in France it did become more of a recreational method of training and almost a discipline art of form. We do see parkour in moving of children, the way that they play and interact with such curiosity in their environments. While parkour is extremely fun to practice, that's not the only reason why we do it, we try to be strong to be useful weather it's assisting your grand mother with groceries or rescuing someone from a burning building. We use our strength to help everyone around us, it's not just for ourselves.

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