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Parkour and parcours d'obstacles

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Mark Cooper

on 3 April 2017

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Transcript of Parkour and parcours d'obstacles

"Men’s greatest degree of skill and strength consists of finding within themselves all of the means with which to overcome obstacles, without having recourse to other tools, which are not always at their disposal."

Francisco Amoros; Manuel de l'Education Physique, Gymnastique et Moral; 1832

There are a great number of different ways of jumping and in the name of their athletic sports, the English have imposed on the world certain fundamental events which no respectable club would dare to meddle with, thus causing jumping to be practiced with a certain unfortunate routine. High jump with run up and without, long jump with run up and without and pole vault… that’s all.
All these jumps can be combined into a variety of great interest to the student. In a closed gym, only the bare bones can be learned; but outside even the smallest favourable space quickly proves to have all the necessary equipment for this kind of practice: walls, ditches, hedges, platforms… It should be simple, shouldn’t it? But it has never been done.

The explanation for this anomaly lies without doubt in the difficulty in agreeing, when it comes to the jumps, as to what constitutes natural obstacles and what is artificial.

Pierre de Coubertin; Useful Gymnastics; 1905
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