I saw during a routine check this morning that parkour .com now redirects to davidbelle .com. As far as I know parkour .com was a domain name owned by Sébastien Foucan until the 16th of April. Lately it had less and less posts published… Now we know why. I am just going to Paris today and I will try to know if we have anything cool to expect from the new David Belle, as he seems to become very involved (see his Facebook page).
Ok guys I am back from Paris. First thanks to Alan for giving some perspective on the new parkour .com (I only see your comment today). In Paris I learned that David Belle was supposed to attend an event in the French town of Annecy but didn’t show up. Then I neither had time nor motivation to meet DB. Sébastien Foucan has moved to London. But the French parkour is moving forwards without them!
- I learned from Châu Belle that the ADD-Academy is planning to open a new branch in my region! The ADD-Academy is spreading slowly through France, but don’t get it wrong: it’s slow because they want to do it correctly. They teamed up with the local parkour association in this case.
- In parallel several French associations met up in Dijon in the middle of April to officially create the French Parkour Federation (the FPK, see the links page). It’s probably the biggest French event to date. As an independent traceur, I am not sure that I like parkour institutions I know some of the people involved and they are competent in sports at least. I also met the president of the FPK shortly in Paris and he seems dedicated. The FPK is made of the oldest and most respected French associations (like Parkour Grenoble). However, for you to understand, they don’t have any official connection with the first or second generations traceurs.
So the French Parkour scene is divided in two: the ADD-Academy on one side, the FPK on the other side (relatively unknown outside France). In the middle remain some independent traceurs and some teams of course Finally I also met the president of Pink Parkour, an association for traceuses, female practitioners! It’s good to see women practicing! Pink parkour is based in Paris and related to the FPK.
That was a small glimpse on the French parkour. I have a few serious training articles to write so we keep in touch this month Peace!