On this October’s issue of OutdoorUAE magazine you can find an article about Parkour in UAE; OutdoorUAE is not only a magazine but a community hub for all adventurers and outdoor people living or visiting the UAE and Middle East. Parkour is a non-competitive training discipline using movement that developed out of military obstacle course training. The Parkour scene in the Emirati is growing up rapidly, thanks to the media attention and some very dedicated traceurs. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, and others, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation; practitioners aim to move quickly and efficiently past obstacles in their environment, maintaining as much momentum as possible in a safe manner.
David Belle – actor, film choreographer, and stunt coordinator – is considered the founder of Parkour, then developed by David Belle himself, Raymond Belle (David’s father), Sébastien Foucan, and others in the late 1980s. Parkour became popular in the late 1990s and 2000s through films, documentaries, and advertisements featuring these practitioners – called traceurs (males) and traceuses (females), because of its French origin – and others.
If a beginner wants to start practising the parkour, can easily join the Abu Dhabi Group UAEParkour. No experience is necessary, and training is held weekly at the Corniche. The sessions are free and are open to everyone; there is no specific equipment required, just comfortable, well-fitting running shoes (Converse trainers or flat-soled shoes aren’t suitable) and comfortable clothing.
You can contact coach Hesham, Steve, Zach, and other members of the UAEParkour team in Facebook.