The Birth of Parkour
The concept of Parkour was thought of by a then-teenager named David Belle in a small place called Lisses, near Paris, France. His father, Raymond Belle was a hero fireman and acrobat. This was in the 90s, and the teenager was greatly influenced by Spiderman and Tarzan. His acrobatic ways made him a celebrity and created a huge fan following.
Parkour is a made-up word, cousin to the French parcours, which means “route.”
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The world of climbing walls without stairs and jumping off rooftops without any rope or parachute is filled with risk, thrill and adventure.
It also has its own naming system. Someone practising parkour is called a ‘traceur’, someone who traces David Belle’s footsteps. A female traceur is called a traceuse.
A prominent disciple of Parkour is Mark Toorock, from Washington DC, who follows David Belle, and hosts a website called American Parkour (at the beginning of the 2000's)
He was impressed by the stunts and the daring shown by David and has followed it in a low-key (less dangerous) way.
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