Oct
13
2009

Parkour quotes

“At the physical end, Parkour is getting over all the obstacles in your path as you would in an emergency situation. You want to move in such a way, with any movement, that will help you gain the most ground on someone/something as if escaping from someone/something or chasing toward someone/something. Also, wherever you go, you must be able to get back. If you go from A to B, you need to be able to get back from B to A. You don’t need to do the same “move,” but just get back.” -David Belle

“It’s about what you can do at that particular moment. If someone is stuck in a fire and you say, “Well, two years ago I could have done something that would have saved you” then you are useless. Parkour is not what you could have done for whatever excuse. If you aren’t able to help someone, what use are you? -David Belle

“My thing from the beginning is to have it be useful, and be able to help others. It’s about being efficient and getting there as fast as you can. If people want to do it more artistically or in a freestyle way, I have absolutely no problem with it — that’s the way it’s going to evolve. It’s not my style, but if it’s other people’s [style], that’s perfect.” -David Belle

“All these people here, they come and they want me to do big things, expect me to do big drops so they can sell pictures, put it on their websites, whatever. But what is my motivation then? I could do this jump once and maybe get hurt, but even if I dont get hurt what is the point right here, right now? To make these people happy? If my family was over there and needed me, I wouldn’t even hesitate. I would do it for them and thats who I train and do these things for. I’m not a monkey, I can’t be treated like one. I don’t understand how people want to put themselves into great risk for money. I’ve trained so long and hard for myself, to save people, to protect my family… People get into Parkour now just train in order to do risks for media, I just can’t understand why they would do so. That was never the goal of Parkour. Money changes people, but that money cannot change my goal, my motivation or why I do this. I’m on tour now for you, I’m here talking to you so you can help others and thats how things work, never think its the other way around. Im doing this for you guys, to inspire you, thats it.”-David Belle

“Parkour belongs to the ones who live it, not the ones who want to live thanks to it” -David Belle

“Our aim is to take our art to the world and make people understand what it is to move.”-David Belle

“Understand that this art has been created by few soldiers in Vietnam to escape or reach: and this is the spirit I’d like parkour to keep. You have to make the difference between what is useful and what is not in emergency situations. Then you’ll know what is parkour and what is not. So if you do acrobatics things on the street with no other goal than showing off, please don’t say it’s parkour. Acrobatics existed long time ago before parkour.” – David Belle

“Bare feet are the best shoes!” -David Belle

“If someone puts you in front of a 30m high wall, tells you to get over it, and then comes back two years later and you’re still there, you’ve made no progress. You should find another wall.” -David Belle

“If you are in front of a wall that you cannot get past, would you just keep banging your head into the wall?… No, you would find a new wall.” -David Belle

“A little backflip (backflips), but it’s not part of Parkour, but i like doing this since i did gym.” -David Belle

“Obstacles are found everywhere, and in overcoming them we nourish ourselves.” -David Belle

“Down there we know, the streets we know, but up here? Nobody’s been here.” -David Belle

“First, do it. Second, do it well. Third, do it well and fast — that means you’re a professional.” -David Belle

“No violence, No competition, No Groups, No Chiefs.” – Sebastian Foucan

“Nobody ever invents anything You’re inspired and sometimes you can improve.”- Sebastian Foucan

“Without philosophy, action has no meaning.”- Sebastian Foucan

“No, big is not important!”- Sebastian Foucan

“Parkour was never invented by anyone, it’s always been here.”- Sebastian Foucan

“I don’t like caricature. I don’t like extreme, I don’t like that.”- Sebastian Foucan

“Everything was invented when somebody was alone.”- Sebastian Foucan

“Practice with the obstacle, always with the obstacle, and seek combinations.”- Sebastian Foucan

“The way of the parkour is to continue, not to stay here.”- Sebastian Foucan

“You can find the way by yourself naturally, you just need a guide to tell you to be careful, to not do this to impress people, just follow your instincts.”- Sebastian Foucan

“I check my site sometimes. I look at the first couple things and try to respond but thats all I have the time for. People don’t understand that we just don’t have the time! We could come online and talk to each person and make sure they know flips aren’t Parkour (he laughed) but then we would not be in the place we are now. I had two choices, I could sit at home and eat pizza and pepsi infront of the computer all day, or I could train, I chose to train.” – Cyril Raffaeli

“Their bodies were splendid, flexible, nimble, skilful, enduring, resistant and yet they had no other tutor in Gymnastics but their lives in Nature” (In reference to the physical movement skills developed naturally by indigenous Africans) – George Hebert

“The final goal of physical education is to make strong beings. In the purely physical sense, the Natural Method promotes the qualities of organic resistance, muscularity and speed, towards being able to walk, run, jump, move quadrupedally, to climb, to walk in balance, to throw, lift, defend yourself and to swim.” – George Hebert

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