Frenchman David Belle, the creator of Parkour, was born on April 29, 1973. Parkour has to be seen to be believed. Here’s a video with footage of Belle demonstrating Parkour. It’s is a combination of acrobatics and insanity. His strength and agility were developed through training for the military and fire brigade – a family tradition. The video, Speed Air Man, brought Belle to the attention of directors and music video producers where he began to get small roles. The small roles led to a co-starring role in a feature film, District 13 and then its sequel. The Parkour movement has spread world-wide. There are over 200,000 Parkour videos on YouTube. Many college campuses have Parkour groups. But the best practitioners of Parkour appear to be cats, as in this video.
Today’s expression, un parcours (uhn parkoor) means a pathway or route. It’s the origin of the term Parkour and the two words are pronounced the same way. The pathway David Belle has blazed certainly isn’t easy or without risk, but it does look like a lot of fun.