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David Belle and Kazuma
Phone: (310) ***-****  HQ Phone
David Belle
9200 West Sunset Boulevard Suite 434
West Hollywood , California 90069
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Yamakasi
  • Founder
    Parkour's foundation
  • Founder
    Parkour Mumbai
  • Founder
    Mansions' Star & Parkour
  • Founder
    Yamaksi
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David Belle - ...
davidbelle.com, 23 Aug 2014 [cached]
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Born in Normandy, David Belle grew up an athlete, climber and martial arts enthusiast. His father and grandfather inspired his passion for sports, both are professional rescuers in the French military fire services. David learned to perfection his agility and physical aptitudes through kung-fu training, earning his black belt. David's sports goal is to always 'go beyond'.
At 15, David dropped-out of high school and moved to Paris to pursue a diploma in first-aid rescue, and gymnastics. At this time he met other teenagers with whom he shared a passionate creative ambition for sports.
David headed a small group who became known as the Yamakasi and co-founded Parkour*, the art of movement, a discipline in which every < tracer > conceives the urban architecture like an obstacle relay to master. Parkour*, inspired by his father's own workout routine, is considered a form of 'street art' that includes a demanding combination of jumping, climbing and running.
In 1993, David joined a group of Parisian firemen, but was forced to leave after an injury. David joined the marine troops in Vannes for his required military service. Rope climbing champion, like his father before him, and department champion in obstacle relay, he received the diploma of honor for his regiment. However, he quickly realized that his taste for adventure, need for freedom and personal philosophy were not compatible with military life in the barracks.
After completing his military service, David devised a campaign to promote Parkour by disseminating video clips of his exploits to the media.
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After several roles in music videos, short films, TV movies and international commercials, Luc Besson contacted David for the film Yamakasi (2001).
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David was unable to participate in the project due to complications with his former group, but nevertheless, his new relationship with Luc would prove vital to his burgeoning career.
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David and his athletic abilities have had over 10 millions clicks on Youtube.
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David Belle
Famous traceurs
www.parkour-online.com, 16 Dec 2011 [cached]
David Belle
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Name: David Belle
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David Belle is the founder of parkour and is the most famous traceur. He has been in various movies, films and documentaries like Banlieue 13 (2004) the most famous Freerunning movie.
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Yamakasi are a French group of Traceurs, formed in 1997 by David Belle, Sébastien Foucan, Yann Hnautra, Charles Perrière, Malik.
MisterParkour.com - Staying True to Parkour
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David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli in Austria!
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David Belle Interviewed in Berlin David Belle - The World is a Playground
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David Belle's Blog
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The following information is from an interview with David Belle's brother Jean François Belle.
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But it is also to know to suffer and to know if you made badly (not too much badly) but is also to become hardened... the warlike spirit and determined that one must learn... David it lost some time because it was the only one... nowadays he allowed many to follow much more fast and to prevent all its former errors and all being a constant search and trainings to be able itself to say that I know my body and that I develop an above average physical condition.
David for example, he's 34 years old and he's stronger now then when he was 20, but that's because (Parkour) it's his life and he lives it every day, because it is an art of living but is also physic... it's difficult for that who doesn't know and that doesn't understand the effort and the physical suffering... because if Parkour is pretty, it is because it is dominated, and that is the result of very effort and suffering...
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They want that David's Parkour becomes (non-revealed brand Parkour)... they had said that don't want freerun from the UFF, they know that are we and that we know better than no nobody to speech (about our Parkour), to form, and pure and simply to show what we created.
Parkour is free for he who practices it... is for you, later, if to want to make of this your mark, it is only necessary to be good at it, and not to hide behind the movement that you transformed.
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In April of this year David had the opportunity to teach Parkour to firefighters in Paris . David has publicly spoken about the applicability of Parkour to dangerous professions before so it's great to see him able to enact his vision. And this couldn't be a better fit for Parkour. Being strong, being sure of oneself, being able to manage stress, and overcoming obstacles and continuing to advance are not only qualities necessary to be good at Parkour, these are also some of the required characteristics of any good firefighter. Check out the exclusive video at the David Belle's official blog, and to hear more about David's vision to teach Parkour to those in dangerous professions check out David Belle at the New Yorker Festival.
http://www.sportmediaconcept.com/parkour/index.php?subaction=mois&annee=2008&mois=6
Posted under David Belle, Jean François Belle
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This piece goes in depth, revealing David Belle and his personality for the first time, as well as explaining David's view of Parkour like no other article before. No Obstacles uncovers insights that you will not find anywhere else and gets one-on-one with David exposing the true philosophy behind his art.
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Insight into why David Belle founded Parkour and his passion and intentions for it
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Posted under Articles, David Belle, Jean François Belle, Ryan Ford
Parkour Mumbai - Parkour Defined
www.parkourmumbai.com, 29 July 2013 [cached]
When we say the word Parkour, we are actually referring to the discipline called Le Art du Deplacement (A.D.D.), and in the strict sense, we are not referring to the definition given to the term 'Parkour' coined by Hubert Kounde, and defined by his friend, David Belle.
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It was developed by a group of youngsters who called themselves the 'Yamakasi', of which David and Sebastien were just a part.
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David decided to create his own separate discipline with a unique identity, something he could be the founder of. He used a term coined by his friend Hubert Kounde, from the french words par cours (full form par cours du combattant, which loosely translates to military obstacle course), and attached a meaning to it that was limited in scope from the main discipline of A.D.D., and although it was but a different and narrower concept from its original source material, it could still be seen as its own separate discipline.
David Belle's Definition of Parkour is - Parkour is the art of getting from Point A to Point B in the fastest and most efficient manner possible.
Notice how despite being more or less the same thing as A.D.D., David Belle attaches a temporal element to Parkour, thus limiting its definition only to that branch of movement which is utterly practical, and is only useful in a time-bound scenario, thereby disregarding any locomotion done to achieve the same movement from one point to another without having a sense of urgency or efficiency in mind, even if the movement is utilitarian and efficient in nature. Which means that a slower movement done to get across the same two points, keeping, say, safety in mind, wouldn't get classified as Parkour under David's interpretation.
Freerunning: Later, Sebastien Foucan in turn, split off from David Belle, and decided to be the founder of his own discipline, instead of being known as the co-founder of Parkour along with David, and despite that only always getting second-billing.
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Sebastien's definition subtlely distinguished itself from Parkour by making Freerunning more about freedom of movement and creativity, rather than the urgency and efficiency based movement of David Belle's Parkour, or the practical or utility based movement of A.D.D.
Paradigm Signs 'Brick Mansions' Star ...
eci.net, 27 Mar 2014 [cached]
Paradigm Signs 'Brick Mansions' Star & Parkour Founder David Belle
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David Belle is well known on the European action scene for founding the movement discipline known as parkour, which he showcased by leaping up, over and through all manner of Parisian urban landscape in 2004's Luc Besson-produced actioner District B13 and its 2009 sequel. This month Belle makes his U.S. leading debut in English-language District B13 remake Brick Mansions, playing a version of his streetwise character from the original film opposite Walker as the undercover cop he partners with and RZA as the crime lord in their sights. The Normandy-raised actor and stunt choreographer, who owns the parkour brand, has also contributed parkour and fight choreography to studio films like Babylon A.D., Prince of Persia, and Colombiana but is now looking to strike out as an action star and actor stateside and in China, where he's also got a strong following. Belle is managed by Beijing/LA/Paris-based ECI Global Entertainment, which is also developing international co-productions for Belle to star in to tap into his multi-region fanbase.
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