6 Must-Read Books About Parkour, Freerunning and Art Du Deplacement

6 Must-Read Books About Parkour, Freerunning and Art Du Deplacement

Each of these authors are friends of ours - Julie Angel, Vincent Thibault, Ryan Ford and Max Henry. We thank them for their contributions to the ever-expanding worlds of Parkour, Freerunning and Art Du Deplacement. Knowledge is power and movement is life. Pick up these books to further your understanding and deepen your practice. Read more...

Freestyle Skateboarding

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Freestyle Skateboarding

14 year-old, Isamu Yamamoto, simply tears it up in this short film focussed on how rad he is. The scenery in the locations they used compliment his discipline and structure. Perhaps, just when you might think that he's doing the same move, he pulls another rabbit out of the hat and amazes with one graceful transition after another. Read more...

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An Unstoppable Force

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An Unstoppable Force

He's been in a fight with most of the Hollywood stars I've ever been a fan of, he's been featured in High Times and Muscle & Fitness Magazines, and he keeps kicking cancer in the face every damn day. I smile every time I get a text from him.

Check out this story and share it with anyone you think would also enjoy and connect with it. Read more...

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Never get sick again?

Never get sick again?

Besides conquering mountains with his friends Wim's objective is to help people realize that if he can do it then ANYONE can! The first step is realizing that we are much more powerful than we think and then taking responsibility for our health, happiness and peace of mind. It may sound like a daunting task but let's break it down. Read more.

Somatic Movement Grand Opening In Dallas, TX

Somatic Movement Grand Opening In Dallas, TX

The field of somatics has developed over the last century through a process of inquiry into how consciousness inhabits the living body. The term is derived from the word “somatic” (Greek “somatikos”, soma: “living, aware, bodily person”) which means pertaining to the body, experienced and regulated from within. Read more...

Breaking the Jump: The Secret Story Behind Parkour's High Flying Rebellion

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Breaking the Jump: The Secret Story Behind Parkour's High Flying Rebellion

Breaking the Jump: The Secret Story Behind Parkour's High Flying Rebellion, is Julie Angel's book that came out this past summer. She digs into the history of the development of Art Du Deplacement(ADD)/Parkour, by going back to its roots and the founders themselves. Julie also gives interesting insight to the historical, cultural and even architectural influences that created the forge into which the individual skills and attributes of these friends and families flowed to create the art and discipline they eventually shared with the world. She manages to tell a real world history that reads like a novel that you just can't put down. Read more...

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Parkour In Denmark

Parkour In Denmark

We've been friends with Julie Angel for a long time now. She recently released a new book, Breaking The Jump, that takes a deep look into "The secret story of Parkour's high-flying rebellion." A lot of her videos are on our website, and she's been massively influential in the global movement community. Read more...

Urban Movement Opens A New Gym In Houston, TX

Urban Movement Opens A New Gym In Houston, TX

With over 4,000 square feet of space and 22-foot ceilings, our facility feels super open and welcoming right when you walk in. There's so much room to play! We are the only organization in Houston that has certified, experienced coaches teaching elements of Parkour, Freerunning, Art Du Deplacement and Natural Movement (MovNat). We offer professional instruction and want you to succeed, so don't be afraid to try. Read more...

Inspirational Attention To Detail

Inspirational Attention To Detail

He was bit younger here, seeing as though this video was released in 2010, but it shows the great potential the younger generation have. Hard work pays off. You can easily see that it took hours and hours of practice to get as fluid in the movement patterns that Minh is demonstrating with precision. It's when you can make it look easy that you know you got it. Read more...

Women Climbing The Ranks Of Male-Dominated Sport

Women Climbing The Ranks Of Male-Dominated Sport

I was just in Melbourne, Australia recently and actually met some of these women. The scene is huge over there and it was a pleasure to see booming women's community. It's all about inclusivity, sharing knowledge and the collective strength that results. Read more...

Age Is Only A Number

Age Is Only A Number

At 59 years young being a student of parkour is still beneficial, regardless of the level you want to take it. We have students into their 50's and we hope to go higher. Well, don't let us bore you with the details, watch the video in the post to see what he has to say about it. Read more...

Laurent Piemontesi: Yamakasi Founder

Laurent Piemontesi: Yamakasi Founder

We have the privilege of knowing Laurent. Since before Urban Movement even existed he was influencing our training and ultimately, our growth as a company. In the very beginning of his training Urban Movement co-founder, Cameron Pratto, attended a workshop lead by Laurent. They've been friends every since and Laurent has come back to Houston several times to lead other sessions. Read more...

5 Habits Teachers & Coaches Should Avoid

5 Habits Teachers & Coaches Should Avoid

I was inspired to write this because of a sub-optimal experience I had at a yoga class today - a yoga class that I usually enjoy. However, the list I created below can relate to just about any setting and contains habits anyone teaching on any professional level would benefit from not indulging in. Some of them may seem obvious at first, but I see them all the time, I’ve done some of them, and you probably do at least one of them yourself. But, please…stop! Read more.