Parkour or free running is a physical as well as cultural lifestyle of athletic performance that focuses on moving fluidly from one part of the environment to another. It is also known as the art of movement, l’art du deplacement, urban running, or obstacle coursing.
The term parkour comes from the French word parcours, which means course, as in obstacle course. David Belle (who, with Yann Hnautra, was at the core of the French group that came up with l’art du deplacement sometime in the 1980s) acknowledged his friend Hubert Kounde as the one who coined the term parkour. Hnautra, Belle and their group called themselves the Yamakasi, from a Lingala (Congolese) expression that can mean “strong person” or “strong spirit.” Belle and his cohorts starred in Luc Besson’s 2001 film Yamakasi: Les samouraïs des temps modernes. David Belle also appeared in a BBC advertisement of the same year, called “Rush Hour.” In it, he was an innovative commuter who found an alternate route home via the London rooftops so he could avoid the crowds of people on the streets below. The ad introduced l’art du deplacement to the British public. In his words, Belle defined parkour as “an art to help you pass any obstacle.”
Some of the early practitioners of parkour (including Belle, Stephane Vigroux, Johann Vigroux, and Steve “Kazuma” Rognoni) coined the term traceur to refer to themselves. Traceur means bullet and was chosen because Belle and the other practitioners put an emphasis on achieving direct, efficient and fast movement over any terrain. In the terrain of Cebu, parkour also has its adherents, and on April 28 and April 29, 2012, they will assemble at 9 a.m. for Primal Movement, the first Philippine national parkour gathering. Primal Movement aims to promote health and fitness through parkour, improving one’s physical capabilities to their full potential.
The event takes place at the Enclave, located in Parkmall on Ouano Ave., Mandaue City. Sponsors for the event are Parkmall, Shabu-Way, Pepsi, Tour Jack Adventures, and Vudu.
Primal Movement is to be led by John Conway from Indianapolis, who is A.D.A.P.T qualified (level 1) and an A.D.A.P.T affiliate coach with Parkour Generations. The acronym A.D.A.P.T stands for Art du Deplacement and Parkour Teaching. Parkour Generations is the largest collective of the most experienced professional practitioners of the movement discipline known as parkour. Assisting John Conway are the Parkour Sugbo Silverbacks. Parkour Sugbo also serves as organizer of the event.
A jam fee of Php1,500 is inclusive of T-shirt, certificate and snacks. The event has limited entry, for 100 pax. Parkour Sugbo announced that the registration fee for the event is Php1,200 until April 21 only. Members of Parkour Sugbo who bring three to four friends can get a Php300 slash-off from the registration fee, and those who bring five friends or more can get a Php600 slash-off.
The Cebu-based Parkour Sugbo was started by Sol Casiño, Jay Fontilla and several of their fellow traceurs and practitioners of free running. After the group started conducting free weekly parkour sessions at the Abellana Sports Center as far back as the year 2009, it was featured on the local television show MagTV Na in October of that year. Aside from Parkour Generations, PK Sugbo (traceurs often abbreviate parkour to PK) also takes inspiration from such organizations as American Parkour (APK), Urban Freeflow, World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), Majestic Force, and Yamakasi.
If you happen to be a minor who wants to participate in PK Sugbo activities, then the group definitely needs you to get approval from your parents or guardian so they will know what you’re getting into. However, Parkour Sugbo would first teach participants all the safety precautions they need to know to avoid injuries. With the greater acceptance that parkour has gained, it was even mentioned in the Freeman as one of the sporting disciplines lined up for the Cebu City Sports Commission’s summer program culminating activity, the Cebu Sports Fest & Expo in May 2012 at the South Road Properties.
Parkour Sugbo set up a “playground” with its own obstacles at Parkmall’s parking area. The jam is situated near Shabu-Way, Sai Gon Quan and Dimsum Break.
A Facebook event page for Primal Movement was created, at http://www.facebook.com/events/313314855408986/ so that those who are going can RSVP to the said gathering of traceurs and free running practitioners. For more information about the event called Primal Movement, you may get in contact with Parkour Sugbo at its open group on the same social network http://www.facebook.com/groups/184901699551/ where you can find parkour jam schedules, videos, photos, links, and other updates related to Parkour Sugbo or just know more about the group in general.