Le Parkour (also called parkour, and abbreviated PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the most efficient way possible as if moving in an emergency situation, using skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures that are accessible to most people, such as buildings and rails. Parkour also has a deep mental and spiritual side; based around the overcoming of fears and mental obstacles in an altruistic way which may one day prove beneficial to the community.

Welcome to the Parkour Wikibook

Another discipline which is related on the surface is Freerunning, which is a break-away discipline formed by Sebastien Foucan, where the freerunner moves through their environment in any way they wish, which often includes acrobatic manouveres such as flips and kicks or vault and flip combinations. These movements are generally accepted as not parkour because they are not the most efficient way of moving through an environment.

Table of Contents


An introduction to the Parkour Wikibook, the practice, philosophy and history of Parkour, and a guide for beginning traceurs


Some basic advice on exercises to condition the body for Parkour

Basic movements

Basic movements of Parkour

Advanced Movements

These movements are not recommended for beginning traceurs

Freerunning (Not Parkour)

These are considered to be Freerunning or Tricking, related to Parkour but not embracing the core value of efficient movement