I was unfamiliar with the word "Parkour" until I read this new bit of movie news about Channing Tatum's next movie, an untitled drama about Parkour, which Variety describes as "a free-jumping extreme sport in which agile practitioners run and jump from rooftops." The article goes on to say the movie follows "a pair of jumpers who use their skills in heists," and that "Parkour was featured in the opening sequence of Casino Royale." In fact, my buddy FitSugar discussed Parkour as a burgeoning fitness movement a little while after Casino Royale came out.
A little jaunt over to Wikipedia provided a whole new world of information regarding the practice that is apparently, "miscategorized as a sport or an extreme sport." The Wiki page is incredibly helpful:
Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) or l'art du déplacement (English: the art of movement) is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment — from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls.
The practice differs from a sport in that it "has no set of rules, team work, formal hierarchy, or competitiveness. On the contrary it is more like an art or discipline that resembles self-defense in the ancient martial arts."
In any event, I bet this movie of Channing's will be pretty awesome to watch. Also, now I've learned a few things. And learning is fun.