PARKOUR or as it was originally called The Art of Movement has been practiced since the dawn of


humanity; natural proficient movement has been used in early history during the event of escaping or chasing.


Parkour, The Art of Movement, Freerunning, and L’Art du Deplacement is a few similar names people have used for it.


The French term, L’Art du Deplacement, was first named by David Belle who was introduced to the Natural Method by


his grandfather, George Hébert (1875-1957), who served in the French military, in 1902 he had saved seven hundred


local people in the town of St. Pierre in Martinique, when a disastrous volcano erupted. This experience inspired


Hebert to conclude that the combination of courage and altruism will lead to the ultimate athletic skill.


Later returning to France, Hebert became a physical education tutor,where he developed and designed the principles


of his own method called the “Natural Method.” The Natural Method consisted of important parts including


synthesized physical, energetic, and moral development. “As well as the “natural” training regimen he observed in


Africa, he was inspired by classical representations of the human body in Graeco-Roman statuary and by the ideals of


the ancient Greek gymnasia”.


            George Hebert’s continued teaching throughout the two wars. The French military also adopted the “Natural


Method” as a standard system for physical education as well as many schools and gymnasiums in Europe throughout


history until present. The Natural Method consisted of different exercises including but not limited to: running,


jumping, climbing, quadrupedal movement, balancing, lifting, and defending.


       David Belle modernized “freerunning” and brought it to the mainstream where it was seen in such films as, “District B-13,”  “Live Free or Die Hard,” and “James Bond.”