ORIGINS OF PARKOUR
Be Strong to be Useful
Parkour has a complex history dating back to the early 1900s when Georges Hébert, a French Marine, developed “The Natural Method”. This Methode Naturelle was based on the strengthening of natural human capacities such as running, jumping, throwing, swimming and defence, and was employed as the principal training method of the French Navy. It is from Georges Hébert that we take the motto “Be strong to be useful” (Être fort pour être utile).
These teachings were then adapted and combined with other military training principles when both the grandfather and father of David Belle shared their knowledge, training and experience with him. David took this training to the streets and forests of 1980’s suburban Paris and, with a close group of friends, developed what we know today as parkour. The name “Parkour” is a modification of the French “parcours du combattant” (military obstacle course).
The Brisbane Parkour Association (BPA) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering parkour education and encouraging safe practice of parkour across south-east Queensland. The association aims to promote parkour as an inclusive movement discipline of self-progression, exploration and play that is accessible to anyone.
The BPA is community oriented, facilitating classes and programs across south-east Queensland including public classes, school holiday workshops, youth development programs and liaising with councils and community groups.
Parkour Workshops are available for all types of events and training.
Whether you require a one-off “Introduction to Parkour” workshop or a multiple session program tailored to your group’s specific goals, the Brisbane Parkour Association can provide a solution. Each session is designed to be site specific using, where possible, the available features and existing equipment at your venue.
Tuition fees vary depending on your individualised program and type of package required. Contact us for more information.