Parkour fever spreads in Egypt
"For whom is the street? It's ours" these are the lyrics written by Salah Jaheen for the famous movie Egyptian Tale, and it does also define Parkour Egypt shows in the streets among passing by audience with no tickets or exhibition halls.
Jumping off fences, spinning in the air and a flip that holds traits of boyishness and youth disobedience, this describes the shows performed by Parkour Egypt team which has been established since 2008 after parkour spread like a fever around the world.
Parkour is based on the idea of moving from one point to another using your physical strength and your ability to overcome obstacles around you like walls, stairs and poles by using it to enhance your move to get through your way.
While free running is another type of movement based on flipping and running but it doesn't include reaching from one point to another as parkour.
Parkour origins comes from France. It was first a training program for French Special Forces, but David Belle, the god father of this game, developed it and lift it up to a more popular level.
"the path or the way through" this what parkour means in French and for it's practitioners or traceurs, It goes beyond being just a game and reaches to a philosophy standing. As a traceur you should believe that there is no obstacle in life, you can't overcome. All you need is to find a solution that suits your needs and search for your own path that is different than others'.
But what about parkour Egyptian practitioners' prespectives towrds the game? How they see the sport? What does it mean for them? How they interact with the public sphere? And to what extent the society accepts what they do?