My friend Patricia Relf's nephew Jack practices Parkour. Jackie Chan used to go over a high gate not by walking through, but by bouncing off the thresholds like a chamois goat or a cat crossed with a monkey. French kids in the outskirts of Paris have turned it into an art form, here reaching as far as Washington State.

It's beautiful.

Their own definition is better than Wikipedia's: "Practioners of Parkour (traceurs) strive to move through their environments with speed and agility by flowing over, under, or around obstacles in ways not intended by society."

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