4.1. The Federation recognises the Council of Europe definition of sport;
“Sport” means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels
4.2. Parkour, Freerunning and/or L’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 creative 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
4.3. ‘the sport’ means the sport, art and/or discipline of Parkour, Freerunning and/or L’Art Du Déplacement is as defined in 4.2. This definition is the sporting definition and does not fully describe the art, discipline and/or philosophy as a whole
4.4. Beyond the sporting definition in 4.2, 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.
4.5. Although Parkour, Freerunning and/or L’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
4.6. The Federation recognises and protects diversity and non-standardised practice, coaching, teaching and education as a strength and innate character of the international community
4.7. The Federation recognises the Sport was founded in France and the founders are recognised as Châu Belle Dinh, David Belle, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf, Sébastien Foucan, Yann Hnautra, Guylain N’Guba Boyeke, Charles Perriére and Laurent Piemontesi (‘the Founders’)

TL;DR (Too long; didn't read)

Parkour Earth uses the Council of Europe definition of sport that is very broad and doesn’t require sport to be inherently competitive.

Parkour is a discipline that develops dynamic movement skills in all environments and makes you more awesome (both body and mind).

The sporting definition of parkour used by Parkour Earth does not describe parkour and the way it is practiced in its entirety (e.g. as an art form, as a lifestyle, as a training method).

Parkour Earth recognises that parkour in traditionally non-competitive, but that competitive forms do exist in some communities around the world. As such, Parkour Earth aims to protect the diversity of how parkour is practiced and taught.

Parkour Earth recognises France as the birthplace of parkour and all 9 original founders. 


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