Parkour in Istanbul

Specail1Parkour (the man without the shirt far right) ascends a wall by a church in Kadıköy.
Practicing parkour, he and his friends ascended this wall and left right before the police came.
Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features. Developed from military obstacle course training, parkour is a holistic training discipline using movement.  Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe.   Although it can be practiced in any location, it is usually practiced in urban spaces.
It was developed in France, primarily by Raymond Belle, David Belle, and Sébastien Foucan during the late 1980s. Parkour 1

2 thoughts on “Parkour in Istanbul”

  1. I’ve been discovering parkour courses in the strangest of places as I criss cross Oregon. Bend (of course), Burns (!), Coos Bay. It is scary stuff to those watching; those doing seem highly adrenaline fueled. I had no idea its roots were in military training. But, of course, it makes sense. Thanks for the factoid!

  2. I read a thriller/mystery called “Adrenaline” and the main character practiced parkour! I’m sure it would be cool to actually watch!

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