If you think parkour is an entirely modern development, you haven’t this video:
There is some controversy about the when, where and who of the video. Some say the whole thing is of famed German stuntman Arnim Dahl. While others say the first part is of American John Ciampas doing stunts in Brooklyn, while only the latter half is Dahl. And while the video is titled “Parkour from 1930,” that date would be wrong for the ages of both men. The footage of Dahl is likely from the 1950s while the footage of Ciampas is said to be from a 1942 Paramount newsreel. At any rate, it’s a fun watch.
I seriously need to eat more pasta.