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.
From its humble origins in the backstreets and rooftops of Paris's urban jungle, to the tops of London and New York's skyscrapers, Parkour, has become an adrenaline-fuelled implosion on the urban landscape. But more than a sport that most jaw-dropped onlookers can hardly comprehend, Parkour is an exploration of movement and a return to our body's natural ability to run, jump, hang and move with fluidity.
For the first time, Julie Angel tells the story of Parkour's beginnings - the diverse, intriguing and unusual characters who went to the rooftops, hung off the stairwells and drain pipes as they trained through the night, often risking their lives and created something that has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Breaking the Jumpÿtells the unknown story behind Parkour's rise, and asks what is it that drives those who stand on the edge and think `go'.
In Parkour Strength Training, you will learn how to:
- Accelerate your athletic development with three fundamental bodyweight exercises
- Promote the flexibility and mobility necessary for safe obstacle-based fitness
- Prepare and condition your joints to avoid injuries
- Train safely outdoors
- Remedy the common faults and errors that plague parkour newcomers
- Incorporate ground-based exercises, such as quadrupedal movement, bounding, and jumping into your workouts
- Use low obstacles such as benches, handrails, and walls for full-body strength training
- Fly over barriers using three basic vaults
- Mount, traverse, and overcome head-high walls and bar structures
- Master proper climb-up technique using many supplemental exercises
- Design an effective strength training program
- Combine skill-based drills and games to become a more well-rounded practitioner
- Dominate obstacle courses
Lessons in practical wisdom Foreword by Ryan C. Hurst, program director, GMB Fitness Postscript by Yann Hnautra, Yamakasi founder 90 lessons from the author of "Parkour and the Art du déplacement: Strength, Dignity, Community". No need for special gear. Just put your shoes on, put this book in your backpack, and you are ready to explore the city, with its many rails and walls and obstacles. Vault, run, do your load of squats and push-ups and traverses, then take a more contemplative break. These ninety very short chapters, with just one clear idea or exercise per chapter, are meant to inspire you and help you deepen your practice. This is not a how-to manual in which you will learn specific movement techniques, but a unique and precious handbook on the philosophical, psychological and spiritual aspects of parkour / ADD / freerunning, that will also hearten people who have a background in dance, martial arts, yoga, CrossFit and so forth.
Parkour, the art of displacement, or freerunning—whatever the name, this new discipline born in the Paris suburbs is rapidly being adopted by people throughout the world. Not satisfied to suffer through urban life, these athletic artists or artistic athletes want to thrive in it, all the while earning dignity by daringly reappropriating three fundamental motor skills: running, jumping, and climbing. Vincent Thibault explores the philosophical and spiritual aspects of the art of movement and offers ideas on health, sports, urban living, and the relationship between the body and the environment. Reflecting on the culture of effort, he also avoids the misguided notion that depicts parkour as just another of those elitist extreme sports, instead providing a thoughtful, lyrical adventure into martial arts and chivalry in an urban setting.
Ciné Parkour is a cinematic and theoretical contribution to the understanding of the practice of parkour. It is the result of Julie Angel’s six-year PhD film and research adventures into the exciting, challenging, fascinating and at times contradictory world of parkour. Its aim is to understand the essence of the everyday of parkour as experienced by those who were involved in creating it.
Max Henry (@maxhenryparkour) is a professional Parkour athlete and coach based out of Long Island, New York. Max's new book The Parkour Road Map is a detailed guide to Parkour history, culture, and technique from the experience of a professional parkour athlete. Gathering information from the world's best Parkour athletes and coaches, The Parkour Roadmap is an indispensable tool for practitioners of all levels. In the spirit of être fort pour être utile; a portion of the proceeds from every hard copy sold goes toward supporting water and sanitation infrastructure projects in South Africa.