Parkour is a form of free running with the intended purpose of keeping ones momentum while maneuvering through obstacles. It was inspired by military training in France. The original creator of parkour was Raymond Belle. Many of the moves and styles used in parkour were actually developed centuries ago but no one had before put them all together into one noncompetitive sport. For those of you who are avid video game enthusiasts parkour very closely resembles the same form of maneuvering through obstacles like those of Captain America, Spiderman and especially Dastan from Prince of Persia. No equipment is required to preform parkour but if you would like to take up the sport wearing protective gear is highly advised.