Photo: Apex Media The two disciplines themselves have different attitudes, despite their apparent similarities. Whereas free running places the accent on aesthetic style, parkour, or l’art du déplacement (”the art of displacement”), focuses on speed and efficiency as a person moves from one spot to another – a characteristic tied to its origins in taking the best possible route in an emergency situation.
Parkour. Developed in France Parkour is derived from gymnastics and other martial arts. Parkour focuses on self defense through tactical retreat. Needless to say it takes a lot of guff for it. However the art continues to grow because it is fun and looks awesome. As a martial art I must give it some credit. Tactical retreat is sometimes a very good option.