Old School Parkour

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.

Via BoingBoing

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Alex Smeets July 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I do not know for sure about any of it, but I personally would not be surprised at all if it started that early. Any way you look at it, it still started pretty early, and no matter what day and age, there will always be someone out there doing something like that that no one ever dared or thought to do. I personally find it very awesome and very inspiring. (I love climbing ANYTHING.)

JSoule July 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Where did you find that?? ;)

Dave July 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I can totally do that.

… and by that I mean I can’t do it at all.

(I like how he’s ascending between the buildings with a young lad on his back… child safety laws, schmild safety laws, ‘mirite? :)

Anthony Bondioli July 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

This footage is of a Frenchman named Georges Hébert, the creator of a system of physical culture called La Méthode Naturelle (“the natural method”). A modern interpretation of this practice is being taught by a man named Erwan Le Corre, wh…o calls his system “MovNat.” An incredible video clip of Le Corre doing his thing can be seen here:


Mogli Dude July 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

That is absolutely amazing!!!! I wish I could do that. 8( Guess I just need more practice….

Antonio Belli July 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

i agree with anthony i dont think the video is of georges herbert however i and many people would credit him as the founder of parkour

Berquist August 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I think he pulled more Gs than an astronaut in that tire.

David December 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

fun to watch yes. Parkour no

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