Parkour Earth defines our sport as:
Parkour, Freerunning and/or Art Du Déplacement is the primarily non-competitive physical discipline of training that develops the ability to move freely over and through any terrain using only the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and ceative vision
It is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them. It is a method of training body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective and liberated as possible in any environment
The sport aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline and self-reliance, and personal responsibility for actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and the environment, self-expression, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery and safety at all times
This definition is the sporting definition and does not fully describe the art, discipline and/or philosophy as a whole. Beyond the sporting definition – Parkour, Freerunning and/or L’Art Du Déplacement is also a method of physical training that develops the ability to overcome obstacles both physical and mental. Underpinning this is a philosophy of altruism, longevity, self-improvement and self-understanding.
Although Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement is a primarily non-competitive discipline, competitive practice is recognised as an element in the training practices of some communities and/or practitioners
Parkour Earth recognises and protects diversity and non-standardised practice, coaching, teaching and education as a strength and innate character of the international community
Parkour Earth as the International Federation for our sport has chosen to utilise the globally recognised term ‘Parkour’ within the name of the Federation to fully represent the sport, art and/or discipline of Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Deplacement. However, it is recognised that there are sensitivities and nuances in language throughout the international community on the various names/terminologies utilised.