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What is Parkour?
First of all... parkour is not the huge jumps, flashy flips, and rooftop craziness you see on YouTube or in the media. The ability to do these things are NOT the goal of parkour.
Parkour Ways is currently in a transitional period to using the name "Art du Déplacement Chicago" (ADD Chicago for short). The name "parkour" is a derivation of the original discipline (art du déplacement, ADD) in which, originally, practitioners were meant to train to move from one point to another point quickly and efficiently. Having spread around the planet very rapidly, parkour has come to mean many different things to many different people. Here in the United States (and many other places around the world) the name "parkour" has been widely associated with those crazy tricks I mentioned above. In an effort to separate ourselves from the misconceptions and confusion, we have decided to use the name "art du déplacement" instead.
Art du Déplacement was created by a group of men who call themselves Yamakasi. Yamakasi are the founders of the discipline. To learn more about Yamakasi, watch this full-length documentary when you have the time (highly recommended).
ADD is about trying to improve oneself in any way possible, every day. It is a discipline, a lifestyle, and a philosophy to live by. It's about strength both in the mind and the body, and - most importantly - about the spirit of helping others through every day pain and struggles.
Our mission is to help people learn the lifestyle of Art du Déplacement (ADD), also commonly referred to as "parkour" or "freerunning". There are many physical, mental and spiritual benefits to ADD and we hope to help others discover them. We don't just teach a catalog of movements - we teach the ideas, concepts and philosophies behind the physical work. We also hope to correct the multitude of misconceptions and misunderstandings of ADD, parkour, and freerunning.
Art du Déplacement is For Everyone
People of any background or experience, size and age can begin training ADD. It is about developing yourself and becoming better in any way that you can. We employ safe progressions in our classes and encourage our students to work at their own level, at their own pace. Practitioners of ADD should never push themselves to impress or show off to others; you have nothing to prove to us or to anyone else but yourself.