(sometimes abbreviated to PK), or l'art du déplacement (English: the art of movement) is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment.

In short, it's the French art of "running away". Early iterations were witnessed in the Franco-Prussian War, World War I, and World War II. The key is to lay down your weapons, and run away from Germans.

If you recall - the French haven't won a combat engagement since Napoleon. They have folded 3 times to the Germans in the last 100 years. Their "resistance" sold out more of their friends and family than actually provided real resistance.

All of this led up to the development of parkour - the French art of running away.
Look at that weak and pasty buttdart running from that scary rabbit... he is practicing parkour.
by Flaccid Tallywhacker December 19, 2010
Parkour (also called Le Parkour, PK, or free running) is a quasi-sport in which participants attempt to clear all obstacles in their path in the most fluid manner possible.
A traceur is a participant of parkour. The term free-runner has been commonly adopted by the media following the use of the term by Sebastien Foucan in Jump London. The same program led to the use of another term, free-running. The term free-running has been widely used by journalists to describe parkour-like activity, but which commonly features more emphasis on 'showy' moves than are a feature of genuine parkour.

The ultimate goal in parkour is to ‘flow’ along one’s path, for the entire journey to be as one fluid movement with no pauses or breaks. A principal rule of parkour is to never go backwards. Traceurs believe that there is a path to every obstacle which is achieved through forward movement.

The magnitude and technicality of a move in parkour are secondary to the flow and beauty of it. Explains Jerome Ben Aoues, one of the traceurs featured in the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Jump London, “The most important thing really is the harmony between you and the obstacle; the movement has to be elegant, that's what will make it prettier. Length and distance only add to the beauty of the move, if you manage to pass over the fence elegantly that's beautiful, rather than saying ‘I jumped the lot.’ What's the point in that?”

To many, parkour is an extreme sport, to others a discipline more comparable to martial arts, to others an art form akin to dance, a way to encapsulate human movement in its most beautiful form. Parkour also inspires freedom; being free in an urban environment designed to trap, not restricted by railings, staircases, even buildings. (See Situationist). It is for many people a way of life.
by www.valleyfreerunners.com October 01, 2005
When you learn to walk from playing Mario.
Look over there! That guy is really good at parkour!
by Kwing November 29, 2009
Parkour (sometimes spelled PK, Pking), Is a sport created in France by Davide Belle and some other people which are now in Yamakasi, The legendary team of the true creators.

Alot of people seem to mix between Free Running and Parkour.The term Free Running is similar to Parkour, Developed by Sebastien Foucan, In Free Running you move your in your way. Although when people say "Hey wanna come Free Running tonight" It means Parkour, But mostly tricking. Sebastien Foucan explains that you should move your own way, And listen to none other but yourself. One doesn't have to listen to anybody.

While Parkour is getting from point A to point B as fast and efficently, As if you are being chased in a city, You have to run fast of course. And again, You are the leader. You listen to no other person but yourself.

To some Parkour is a Sport. They train it in Gyms. To some Parkour is a Discipline, Meaning that they think that when you Parkour, Your brain has to focus and get rid of it's thoughts. If you think parkour as a Discipline (I personally too) you always have to overcome the fear in your mind.

And to some, Its martial Arts.

Also remember that, When one parkours he MUST give respect to his body, to how he moves and of course to his own environment or otherwise the Urban area he is moving in.

RUN LIKE A CAT AND A MONKEY!

Parkour is a very good sport because you only need a pair of trainers and you can already master your moves!
"So..I heard about this thing.. Parkour .. What is it..?"
"Read above."
by Itay Ron March 20, 2008
Parkour is my best friend! And to me the meaning of parkour is a way to jump over obstacles. And it isn't about points, or showing off but it can be about competition. I have lots of friends that do parkour and when you do parkour you should have fun. The main reason I have fun with parkour is because I'm with friends.
Me and my friends do parkour, parkour is the best
by spencer_the_skater21 February 27, 2015
What may be referred to by some as a sport or a discipline, but what is really a foolish activity done by losers that have no real ability to play any real traditional sports or marital arts.
Joe: Want to go to the courts and play some ball?
John: No, I suck at basketball so instead I'm going to do some parkour. You know that stupid activity where you go in a straight line and go over obstacles instead of around them?
by guru on a hill May 28, 2012
parkour is the art of movement and the ability to get from point a to point b as quickly and efficiently as possible.
to do this usually involves scaling walls, vaulting fences, running. its kind of like free running if you know what that is. except par-kour has a goal in mind while free running is just running around doing whatever.
by alcapwn September 07, 2010

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