The term free running was invented during the filming of Jump London, as a way to present parkour to the English-speaking world. However, free running and parkour are separate, distinct concepts — a distinction which is often missed due to the similarities. Parkour as a discipline emphasizes efficiency, whilst free running is about complete freedom of movement, and includes many acrobatic maneuvers. Although often the two are physically similar, the principles of each are vastly different.The founder of parkour, Sébastien Foucan, defines freerunning as a discipline to self development, following your own way.
Dave: dude, im so awesome at freerunning
Sam: wow, really?
Dave: cant you tell i was being sarcastic?
Sam: well, i was being sarcastic too, fat shit
David Belle was filmed for a promotional trailer in which he rushed home across London’s rooftops to catch his favourite TV program. More recently, a trio of free-runners were seen in a program called Jump London.
The sport grew out of attempts to imitate ninja feats. Unlike other extreme activities, it has developed a philosophy. “It is not just a game,” Sebastien Foucan said, “it is a discipline because it is a way of facing our fears and demons that you can apply to the rest of your life.”
Not to be confused with Parkour, which is moving from point A to point B as quickly as possible using objects in your way as shortcuts rather than obstacles. Well, as the need for efficiency declines throughout the years, more of a focus was based on aesthetics, such as flips and spins. Moves such as these weren't as efficient as much as the were aesthetic, so these were classified as free running moves.
There is no mindset of movement when doing free running as opposed to parkour.
Parkour has within itself the intention of moving from one place to another very quickly, whereas in free running you could be in the same place for hours on end with no intent of movement.