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Christmas Parkour

See a gap, jump it. See a rail, vault over it.

See a wall, climb it.

These are the instincts of traceurs, adoptees of a French-inspired sport called parkour that is part obstacle course, part pushing the limits of urban architectural functionality and all adrenaline-pumping excitement.

Where most people see walls and divisions, traceurs see opportunities for overcoming obstacles and barriers both physical and mental.

"For traceurs, walk in park is no picnic: Channeling Spiderman with adult discipline," by Athma Chansanchai, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 19, 2005

Le Parkour (also called Parkour, PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in a smooth and rapid manner.

Parkour is said to be l'art du d├ęplacement, or the art of moving (from A to B), consisting of uninterrupted forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one's environment. Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and other more complicated techniques. The goal of the practice of parkour is to be able to adapt one's movement to any given situation so that any obstacle can be overcome with the human body's abilities.
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Practitioners of parkour are known as traceurs, a term of French origin. The names free running and free runner have been very frequently adopted by the English language media as a result of their use in the television documentary Jump London.

"Parkour," from Wikipedia

Some Christmas Parkour videos

Some other Parkour videos

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