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Born in Normandy, David Belle grew up an athlete, climber and martial arts enthusiast.
father and grandfather inspired his
passion for sports, both are professional rescuers in the French military fire services.
learned to perfection his
agility and physical aptitudes through kung-fu training, earning his
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.
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
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.
After several roles in music videos, short films, TV movies and international commercials, Luc Besson contacted David
for the film Yamakasi (2001).
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.
and his athletic abilities have had over 10 millions clicks on Youtube.
Name: David Belle
David Belle is the founder of parkour and is the most famous traceur.
has been in various movies, films and documentaries like Banlieue 13 (2004) the most famous Freerunning movie.
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
David Belle (99)
and Cyril Raffaelli in Austria!
Interviewed in Berlin
- The World is a Playground
The following information is from an interview with David Belle's
brother Jean François Belle.
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.
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...
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.
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.
In April of this year David
had the opportunity to teach Parkour
to firefighters in
has publicly spoken about the applicability of Parkour
to dangerous professions before so it's great to see him able to enact his
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.
Posted under David Belle
, Jean François Belle
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
Insight into why David Belle founded Parkour and his passion and intentions for it
Posted under Articles, David Belle
, Jean François Belle, Ryan Ford
Parkour Mumbai - Parkour Defined
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.
It was developed by a group of youngsters who called themselves the 'Yamakasi', of which David
and Sebastien were just a part.
decided to create his
own separate discipline with a unique identity, something he
could be the founder of.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Paradigm Signs 'Brick Mansions' Star & Parkour Founder 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
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.
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.
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