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The long awaited sequel to the critically accliamed Jump London, Sebastien Foucan and Jerome Ben Aoues are joined by members of the UK's burgeoning Parkour community as they attempt to Jump Britain.

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Having developed from a childhood game, Free Running has been given global recognition due to a series of adverts for Toyota, Nike and the BBC to name a few. The recognised creator of the discipline, which involves running and jumping over buildings and any other obstacles, comes to London with several others to run, skip and jump across many of the famous landmarks of the city. Written by bob the moo

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A Great Glimpse of a Great Discipline
10 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

From the UK comes the highly-acclaimed television feature "Jump Britain." Explosively introducing London, the UK, and eventually the world to the art of free running, this documentary style production holds audiences captivated with beautiful photography, exclusive locales, and of course breathtaking footage of free running.

The show delves into the history of free running, the sister discipline of parkour, a sort of half-art half-sport that was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by parkour's pioneer David Belle. Sebastien Foucan, who trained with David Belle in parkour's early days, later split ways with Belle after disagreement about the discipline's philosophy. And so came "free running," a combination of parkour's fluid movement, mixed with a heavy dose of physical aesthetics including flips, flair, and more.

Jump London delivers viewers a great first glimpse at the disciplines of parkour and free running, though it does a somewhat poor job of differentiating the two, and instead uses "free running" like an English translation of parkour, rather than describing the differences.

Some viewers complain about the amount of interviews and footage about free running itself versus the amount of actual footage of free running in action during Foucan and friends' excursion in London. Some are disappointed by free running being depicted as a physical art or discipline and would rather just see big jumps with no ulterior purpose.

One must understand, however, that for practitioners of the discipline, obstacles are not just obstacles, but are rather metaphors for challenges in life, and that free running and parkour carry with them, inherently, a heavy dose of philosophy not unlike that found in many martial arts.

To truly understand and appreciate Jump London, it is helpful to read up a bit on the discipline beforehand. Sites such as www.urbanfreeflow.com and www.americanparkour.com offer great information about the sports.

In any fashion, Jump London promises an exhilarating visual journey through the physical application of free running, while simultaneously introducing viewers to some of the top names and faces of the discipline today. Jump London is a great watch for anyone who is impressed by the human body's ability to do amazing physical feats.


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