Origins of Parkour: Fur + Sweatpants

“Fur + Sweatpants”

Dan Chalifoux put together this edit of monkeys (and lemurs plus a cat guest appearance or two) juxtaposed with parkour practitioners.

At the end he has the equation “- Fur + Sweatpants” as what I take to be an antifur message. But TakeFlight played on words a bit to make it “Fur + Sweatpants” to focus on the similarities between monkeys and men which I think’s a nice take as well.

You can find extensive credits on YouTube for the videos from which he took the animal and parkour footage.

In particular, he mentions the below video edit by L’1consoable that draws together numerous sources of monkey footage.

It’s pretty interesting to look at monkeys jumping and moving freely in trees and on buildings. The similarity to parkour techniques is striking and apparently early practitioners do say they took a lot from monkey.

Oh, and lemurs. Never discount the lemurs!

“Origins of Parkour – Episode 1: The monkeys”

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.