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Vincent Thibault’s new book Parkour and the Art du déplacement, Force, Dignity, Community has literally hit the bookshelves … running, and running freely. Here are just some of the comments received from parkour specialists since the book came out.
Thomas Dolan of NYParkour writes, “Parkour and the Art du Deplacement is a must-read for any beginners looking to get into parkour and find out more about the discipline, and a highly recommended book for anyone else (traceur or not). There are not many books about parkour available at this time, and it is important to have a text that summarizes who we are, what we do, and why we do it in such a concise, interesting, and enlightening way.” Read more from Thomas
Frank Forencich, Chief Creative Officera at Exuberant Animal, thanks Vincent Thibault for “this insightful and groundbreaking work.”
“How do we go from point A to point B in the modern world? According to Vincent Thibault, author of Parkour and the Art du deplacement: Strength, Dignity, Community, we make the journey with agility, grace, strength, resilience, intelligence and yes, loving kindness.
Parkour is an exciting and intriguing form of athletics to be sure, but for Thibault, it’s a lot more than that. The buildings, stairs and railings are real, but they’re also metaphors for the rest of our lives. In this respect, parkour is not about “overcoming obstacles,” it’s about merger in motion. It’s about the relationship between our bodies, spirits and the world around us. Ultimately, as Thibault puts it, “it’s about developing our humanity.”
In a world gone mad with narcissism and a relentless focus on individual achievement, this is a completely refreshing and inspiring point of view. Thibault opens up a big door for us and new ways of thinking about moving through the world. Not only can we talk about parkour as the physical act of freerunning through an urban environment, we can now begin to talk about entirely new disciplines such as “cognitive parkour,” “psychological parkour,” “social parkour” and even “spiritual parkour.” This is the new horizon for our physical disciplines and whole-life training. Many thanks to Vincent Thibault for this insightful and groundbreaking work.”
Shawn Mozen, CEO & President of Agatsu, exclaimed, “I tore through it and finished reading it this morning. Anyone interested in parkour should check this out. This is NOT a “how to” book. This book is about why we should play, move and challenge ourselves. It speaks about the value of personal practice and how transformative it is to work with others as a tribe. Check it out!”
Dan Edwardes, Director, Parkour Generations and Parkour UK writes in the Foreword: “There are very few relevant books on our discipline. … This is one of the rare books of quality. It is not a manual but instead a clarification on Parkour philosophy in which the author addresses themes like freedom, effort, fear, pride, solitude, courage, humour, and important social and community aspects of the art.”
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