If you have been clicking around our website or stopped by recROC on a Monday evening you may have noticed some mentions of a Parkour class…but what the heck is that you are thinking? Well, here’s your answer…
Parkour is an athletic discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training- think about all the times you have seen Navy Seals depicted in movies jumping or shimmying under various objects. Parkour runners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Parkour includes running, climbing, vaulting, rolling, flipping, jumping, and other movements as deemed most suitable for the situation. Parkour’s development from military training gives it some aspects of a non-combative form of martial arts.
Parkour is an activity that can be practiced alone or with others and is usually carried out in urban spaces, though can be done anywhere. Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potential for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features.
Parkour style maneuvers have been part of military training for decades, but the ‘sport’ of Parkour was first officially developed in France by Raymond Belle in the 1980’s. Raymond’s son, David further developed the sport with groups of friends that became the elf-styled Yamakasis. The discipline was popularized in the late 90’s and 00’s through film, documentaries and ads featuring the Yamakasi.
Parkour at Lititz recROC is a great way for children to be introduced to Parkour! Our facility provides a controlled environment in which children can learn the basics of Parkour, without the risks that learning the sport in an urban environment may present.