My kids love American Ninja Warrior. But what’s called Parkour today, used to be Freestyle Walking and the Ministry of Silly Walks before that. The sport has really come a long way.
Parkour, a Pastime Born on the Streets, Moves Indoors and Uptown – NYTimes.com
They are skateboarders without skateboards, urban acrobats who scale walls, hurdle mailboxes and leap between buildings in stunts that might give Spider-Man pause.
Practitioners of parkour, a daring pastime born in the streets, have long seen public spaces as their playground, and parkour as the ultimate rebel’s game, one with no rules, league, equipment or winners. It started in France (the name is derived from the French word for “course”) and has spread around the world: Gaza, Tokyo, Rome and Miami are parkour towns.