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THERE HAS LONG BEEN CONFUSION AND DEBATE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PARKOUR AND FREERUNNING.

Late last year M2 discussed the matter with Joss and got PAWA's stance on FreeRunning. This has not been well received from the Foucan camp and Seb wants to set the record straight.


 






FREERUNNING
By Sebastien Foucan
10/06/06

The Reason:


At the beginning the name free running was an idea of a person called Guillaume Pelletier who worked with us at the time of Jump London.
Because some people think what I'm doing is not Parkour now I call it
"freerunning." Because there is a misunderstanding and people put a definition on what I'm doing! I create freerunning and I'll put my official definition.

What is Freerunning?

Everything I'll say it's no more Parkour, it's freerunning!

Freerunning it's a lifestyle and an attitude.

Freerunning is to see your environment differently and being able to utilize it to develop yourself!

My Parkour lifestyle is Freerunning.

My way has no name.

Freerunning is the name people have given to my way!

"Freerunning is following your own way, and this is my way."

Sebastien Foucan

PARKOUR VS FREE RUNNING
By Joss PAWA
2005

Free Running? A kind of demonstration mixing parkour techniques, and acrobatics to be more spectacular and serve the medias and marketing, but also a sport.

The term Parkour has been invented by David Belle and Hubert Koundé in 1998 and the word Free Running has been created much later by Sebastien Foucan for the purpose of spreading Parkour in a marketing fashion (they thought the word "parkour" wasn't international enough and Sebastien Foucan proposed them this word).

The problem is that they fully mixed acrobatics to impress people. This is where Freerunning becomes different from Parkour.

To make a comparison, Free Running is like artistic katas in martial arts, the goal is only to be spectacular.

So it is related to parkour but doesn't answer to the same philosophy. I mean, when you practice to show how spectacular your jump is gonna be, people aren't focused anymore on the difficulty, on the obstacle but on you.

This showing off attitude isn't the parkour philosophy which preaches for humility. In this, Free Running and Parkour are fundamentally opposite even if the first one is related to the second one. Like the traditional way and the freestyle way.






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