It was only a matter of time, but running around buildings and walkways by vaulting over rails, scaling walls, and jumping across
gaps now has a name, and that name is Parkour.
Here's a video I made of an Oregon Parkour/Velosophy outing on Memorial Day in 2007.
Just in case anyone wonders, to make the video, I used a combination of Kino, Kdenlive, Blender, Gimp, Ardour,
Rosegarden, Fluidsynth, and ffmpeg. Anyway, here's the result:
Here are a collection of mostly parkour related links.
Parkour is the art and practice of efficiently and fluidly traversing your physical landscape. Practitioners of Parkour, notably David Belle, one of the creators of the
make the distinction that parkour is not free running,
which is more on the "art" side, and not as strictly practical as parkour.
Some parkour from way back, watch for the "child rescue"!
I personally count Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Charlie Chaplin as traceurs. Of course there's the modern movie stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, etc.
Also the World Flow movie I thought was a very successful project, and had great music.
As for more standard clips, the Training with Andi, also from the
Parkour Journeys DVD, was very clear and to the point.