The Fédération Internationale des Arts du Déplacement:
acting for the good of parkour / freerunning worldwide.
Founded by the leading global parkour / freerunning communities and pioneers of the discipline, it is the official international federation supporting the growth, health and accessibility of this groundbreaking transformative practice.
What are Les Arts du Deplacement?
In English, les arts du déplacement is literally translated as the art of moving oneself from one place to another and includes parkour / freerunning and other related forms. Les arts du déplacement represent far more than a sport for our community. They are a holistic practice based on training the body, mind and spirit to be as functional, effective and liberated as possible in any environment.
The practice aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline, self-reliance, and responsibility for one’s actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and for one’s environment, self-expression, positivity, a healthy lifestyle, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery, fun and safety at all times.
The sporting aspect of parkour / freerunning is a principally non-competitive physical discipline. This discipline consists of training to move freely over and through one’s surroundings using only the abilities of the body: running, jumping, climbing, quadrupedal movement and more. Parkour / freerunning focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement: which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.
It is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing one’s physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them.
Parkour / Freerunning was born with a strong set of social and ethical values which are upheld and carried by the communities all around the world. These values, embodied in the creed ‘to be strong to be useful’, include:
- Respect for all
- Friendship & Community
- Helping others
- Safeguarding the environment