Over the last couple decades, parkour has gained popularity as it has been expressed by many talented parkour traceurs from around the world. From the very first team out of France, the Yamakasi that displayed their talents for the first time on air in 1997 until now, many other people have trained hard in the sport and have made a mark in the sport.
Here’s my list of the best traceurs in the parkour world.
David Belle (France)
The father of parkour, who first learned of it from his father Raymond Belle. He was the first, but later co-founded the first team with friends and family, Yamakasi. He is considered a living legend. He left his team some years ago to become an actor, and has since been successful. He has been in films, and has also worked as a stunt coordinator.
Ryan Doyle (England)
Former member of the famed team 3Run, which is one of the oldest parkour teams out of Britain, and are Guiness record holders. He specializes in parkour that has hints of martial arts and tricks. He was one of the first traceurs to be sponsored by a major corporation. He works with the Red Bull Art in Motion Competitions, and has actually won them twice. He won in 2007 in Vienna, and in 2011 in São Paulo. If you can catch one. He does the rare tutorial for beginners that is said to be very well explained. He is one of the co-founders of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation. He has only recently ventured into the film industry, but perhaps in the coming years he will be seen more.
Tim “Livewire” Shieff (America)
He is well known for his one-armed hand stands, a move that takes immense upper body strength. He is founder of Storm Freerunner. He won the Barclaycard World Freerun Championship in 2009. He has done numerous TV appearance to represent the sport. He has made quite a name for himself, and has done quite a lot in bringing recognition to the sport.
Luis Alkmim (Portugal)
Some traceurs come along that understand finding the path, and they do it like they’re born to it. He’s been described as flowing water if you watch him. He flows so naturally. He never misses a trick, and it’s always very clean. He took 5th place in the Red Bull Art of Motion, Santorini in 2012. In 2013 he took 1st in the European Freerunning Challenge for Style, and 2nd place for Speed. He’s a member of the Lisbon Line Team, and an athlete for J.U.M.P. Freerun.
Dimitris Kyrsanidis (Greece)
This traceur won the Red Bull Art in Motion in 2015 in Greece. He was one of those that got into it because sports weren’t for him, but he still wanted to be active. So he took up freerunning and parkour. He’s quite devoted to the sport, like many of the early traceurs. It’s a lifestyle. He’s also a sponsored athlete with the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation. He and other like-minded friends started a group called Team Focus to share their passion for the sport.
Who’s your top traceur?
So that’s my top 10 favorite traceur. I know some of you might not agree with the list. You have your own favorite in mind.
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