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Parkour (sometimes abbreviated PK) is a method to overcome obstacles with speed, efficiency, and agility. Originally developed in France, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to adapt their movements to their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping. Traceurs (parkour practitioners) train to be able to identify and utilize alternate or more efficient paths. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles offer many different training opportunities. Parkour is often confused with free running. They are often used interchangeably even though these terms refer to distinct disciplines. Free running employs creativity through the use of tricking moves such as aerial rotations and spins.