Who thought up mixing Parkour with martial arts?

 Over the years I have seen a distinct change within the martial arts mainly around the need to excite an audience with the spectacular feats of human acrobatics as depicted on celluloid. East Asian martial arts movies have always demonstrated seemingly impossible tasks such as running up walls and flipping over to the extremes of actually flying through the air which at that time was definitely deemed too magical and not realistic. Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan to me were the complete forerunners with the introduction of acrobatic martials arts and to all intents and purposes created the martial arts version of free running.

Jackie Chan

Jackie Suited and Booted

Jackie’s skills

 More of Jackie

Sammo Hung

A pensive Sammo

Sammo’s skills

Many martial artists may throw their hands in the air and state other forms of martial arts demonstrated this form of acrobatics way before Sammo and Jackie, but I must stress that it is undeniable that Both Sammo and Jackie were the first to introduce it to the world at large rather than hidden away in secret society.

Jackie & Sammo

So in honour of Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, thanks for the thrills and spills and setting the light of ‘possibility’ for so many martial artists.

Jackie & Sammo 2

And so we have Modern day acrobatic martial arts for your viewing pleasures.

Acrobatics & Martial arts

See the founder of Free Running Sebastian Foucan

Sebastian Foucan flying high

Free Running

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