Breaking the Jump: The Secret Story of Parkour's High Flying Rebellion

Aurum Press, 2016 - 304 páginas

From its humble origins in the backstreets and rooftops of Paris's urban jungle, to the tops of London and New York's skyscrapers, Parkour, has become an adrenaline-fuelled implosion on the urban landscape. But more than a sport that most jaw-dropped onlookers can hardly comprehend, Parkour is an exploration of movement and a return to our body's natural ability to run, jump, hang and move with fluidity.

For the first time, Julie Angel tells the story of Parkour's beginnings - the diverse, intriguing and unusual characters who went to the rooftops, hung off the stairwells and drain pipes as they trained through the night, often risking their lives and created something that has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Breaking the Jumpÿtells the unknown story behind Parkour's rise, and asks what is it that drives those who stand on the edge and think `go'.


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List of Illustrations
Discovering Parkour
Children of the Banlieue
The Artist and the Alpinist
The Boy Who Wasnt There
The Maddening Diversity of Handrails
The Guard Dies But Does Not Surrender
The Trials of Hollywood
Just one more thing
Sleeping Dragons Revelations
Exit Stage Left
Combat Vital
The Most Famous Ghosts in France

The LeftHand Path
Hardcore Games
The Cat Jumps Out of the
Enter Stage Right
Baby Steps
Master and Grasshopper
By Head Hand and Heart
The Chicken the Lover and the
Flowing on Rails
Breaking the Jump
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JULIE ANGEL is a British filmmaker, artist, academic and writer. After finding Parkour, Julie became interested in the idea of movement and free-running, making it the focus of her PhD and setting up the movement group See&Do. Julie lives in Austin, Texas.

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