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Sport NZ acknowledges Parkour NZ as the national organisation for parkour

We’re proud to announce that Sport NZ has acknowledged Parkour NZ as the national organisation leading and governing parkour in New Zealand. Although there is no formal recognition process for sports or sports organisations in New Zealand, this represents a significant step in the appreciation of parkour as a unique/distinct recreation and cultural practice in […]

Parkour Earth Launches

6 National Federations, including NZ Parkour – Tauhōkai Aotearoa, reached an accord on the 4th July 2017 to establish Parkour Earth as the International Federation for Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement. We are excited to announce that Parkour Earth has now officially launched and we want to invite other national federations to join us in protecting the […]

Parkour NZ – Open Letter to FIG

Dear President Watanabe, On behalf of the New Zealand Parkour Association, we are writing to you in response to recent press releases from Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) concerning the ‘development of a related FIG discipline’ based on parkour. Please see the attached open letter that confirms our solidarity with the stance taken by Parkour […]

Parkour Landing Research #2

Parkour Landing Research #2 The results of our initial research project showed that traceurs should continue to employ parkour style landing landing strategies (precision landings and rolls) rather than traditional toe-heel landings. We then wanted to find out what the differences were between traceurs and non-traceurs and do some preliminary investigation into the relationship between landing […]

What is true safety?

The difference between policy and education* The Health and Safety Reform Bill is currently before parliament (see more here and here). This reform to the current health and safety in employment act is taking place in an attempt to reduce workplace injury and death by 25% by 2020. That’s a worthy goal, a goal that everyone should support. […]

Parkour Landing Research

Parkour Landing Research In 2013, our CEO’s first research paper – Ground reaction forces and loading rates associated with parkour and traditional drop landing techniques – was published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. The inspiration for this research project was the experience of parkour practitioners in NZ and around the world; traceurs whose stories all […]

Parkour Injury Research

NZ Parkour Injury Research Injuries occur in all physical pursuits, especially those that are more dynamic, like parkour. However, the public often assume that parkour is very dangerous. The NZ Parkour teams personal experiences are not completely injury free, but we’ve not sustained the quantity or intensity of injuries that people presume we’ve had. We wanted […]

Review: Orange Mud Hydraquiver

Expanding on our shoe reviews we’re looking at some specialty items that may or may not be suitable for use in Parkour. In this review we put an Orange Mud Hydraquiver to the test to see if it is adaptable to our style of training. It was designed for trail and endurance runners as an alternative […]

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