The Parkour & Freerunning Handbook is your guide to a defining and exciting movement of our age. Combining the core elements of running, jumping and climbing with the discipline of the martial artist, freerunning, or parkour, is more than simply an elegant, non-competitive sport. It's an art form - a philosophy promoting fitness, imagination, community spirit and ethical, healthy living. This essential freerunning handbook offers a jump-by-jump guide to take you from parkour novice to confident and inventive traceur. With standout features on fitness and training, how to avoid injuries and tips for using the urban environment around you, this is more than just a user's manual. It's everything you need to become part of this urban revolution.
Dan Edwardes is a co-founder and managing director of Parkour Generations. Since completing his postgraduate studies at Cambridge University, he has spent years training in parkour with the movement's French pioneers. Dan has written literature on the subject published worldwide, including the parkour entry for The Extreme Sports Encyclopaedia. Parkour Generations is a leading association of parkour practitioners including Forrest, Stephane Vigroux and Sebastien Goudot as well as the world-famous Yamakasi. Its members have appeared in films by Luc Besson and documentaries broadcast internationally. Parkour Generations teaches school workshops, has academies and is currently developing a global certification program for practitioners everywhere (www.parkourgenerations.com).