What Does A.D.A.P.T. Stand For?

A.D.A.P.T. (Art du Déplacement And Parkour Teaching) Qualifications is internationally recognised as offering coaching certifications for parkour. We work closely with accrediting bodies and sports coaching authorities around the world to create the highest standard of coach education possible and to provide the industry benchmark for parkour instruction.

Since starting in 2008 the A.D.A.P.T. network has spread across the globe and A.D.A.P.T. certified coaches enjoy a number of benefits, including an international network of like-minded peers and support from larger parkour organisations when working with local government officials and administrators.


What Does Parkour Stand For?

The first name for the discipline, born in France in the 1980s, was Art du Deplacement; best translated in English as the Art of Movement. Over time other names were used to describe it, including Parkour – derived from the French parcours, meaning ‘route’ or ‘course’ – and later Freerunning. However, the name has never been as important as the methods and spirit of practise which remain at its core today.

Parkour focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for movement, which include balance, strength, dynamism, endurance, precision, spatial awareness and creative vision. It is a way of training one’s body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective and capable as possible in navigating any terrain or environment one encounters and a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will. Parkour movements include running, jumping, climbing, crawling, swinging and vaulting.

Beyond this simple explanation, however, parkour is a discipline of self-improvement on all levels, an art that reveals to the practitioner his or her own physical and mental limits and simultaneously offers a method to surpass them.