The Art of Parkour


What is Parkour? I’ll quote the Toronto Parkour website to answer that.  

Parkour is the art of displacement. Forward movement.

(quote)”To displace” as in the defintion of Parkour, you have to move fast, efficiently with fluidity, with purpose, the right mindset, and with a goal. Imagine for a second being chased by a lion. By practicing Parkour, you are taking these instincts and movements you would have while being chased, and training them to be faster, higher, and more efficient for when you use them. When you are proficient enough in Parkour, you can overcome any obstacle in front of you.

These principals of parkour come from the French army and from herbertism. David Belle, the father of this discipline, took the lessons from his Dad and Grandfather; the ideas of moving quickly, with a goal, with fluidity, molded them into a non-army everyday training method. This method that was created in turn not only makes you expand your body and mind, but frees you from the everyday constraints set forth in our environment, and parallels with your everyday ups and downs in life.
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About Anne de Haas

I'm a Toronto photographer specializing in portraits, executive portraits, actor headshots, musician portfolios, CD covers etc. I love shooting horses as well. I feel that photography is not so much about technology and equipment as it is about emotions and capturing the ephemeral. If there's a connection between photographer and subject then the result is something quite special.

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