Last year a team of French Free Runners captivated Londoners when they scaled some of the city's most famous landmarks from the Albert Hall to HMS Belfast for Channel 4's Jump London . This time they've decided to take on the whole country in a new project that ranges from Edinburgh to Cardiff. Free Running, or Le Parkour, involves literally leaping from roof to roof in a death-defying, yet beautiful, series of jumps, slides and somersaults. It is a discipline combining an extraordinary athleticism and lack of fear - created by Sebastien Foucan and his friends - that has spread across the world. Foucan sees Free Running as more than a spectacle, it is a way of life, with a spiritual dimension plucked from popular culture and allowing an escape from everyday reality. For Jump Britain , Foucan and his team are joined by members of the burgeoning UK Parkour scene as they tackle some of the UK's most iconic sites including Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, the ... Written by
This is a great documentary about the new urban sport of Le Parkour. There are a number of omissions with regards to the history of the discipline which I found slightly disappointing but the action in the programme is second to none. Filmed across numerous landmarks across the UK this shows Sebastien Foucan and a number of other freerunners moving with grace and fluidity through the urban and at times rural jungle.
Parkour is a blend of Philosophy and movement which appears to comprise of death defying stunts laid on for the cameras and some truly beautiful urban gymnastics.
This discipline is truly growing with the urbanfreeflow Ltd website which is mentioned in the show receiving over 1 million hits since the programme aired.
If you want inspiration for a new way to get fit this year check this out, I was inspired by jump London and this took my breath away with it's stunning visuals and the performers clear commitment to the art.
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