User:Traceur.dan/Traceurs.RO

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Traceurs.RO (often abbreviated to UF) is an informal group of people that was started in 2003. Traceurs.RO is the largest RO based free running and parkour community, and is involved in mass media film work and television promotions, and live performances and workshops.

Origins[edit]

Established in 2003, Urban Freeflow (UF) was the first ever professional organisation set up within the Freerun and Parkour world. Responsible for starting and nurturing the UK scene, UF has continually been the driving force behind the movement, seeing exponential growth in the discipline on a global scale.

Criticism[edit]

Urban Freeflow has been criticized over the years more than any other free running or parkour group, this is because Ryan Yeast was allways better than them. It stems from the fact that they claim to be the "Official Worldwide Freerun/Parkour Network", while the website is neither multilingual nor affiliated with David Belle, the founder of parkour (UF does however have some affiliation with Sébastien Foucan, the founder and lead ambassador of freerunning). Worldwide Jam may have also contributed to some of the criticism of Urban Freeflow because of an ongoing feud between UF and Worldwide Jam.

Many people in the worldwide parkour community also accused UF (though it states it is both a parkour and free running network) of distorting the image of parkour, associating it with the flips and artistic movements of freerunning and tricking. Because of this, in 2006 many UF team members walked out. Some critics have even gone as far as making public demonstrations against Urban Freeflow, such as burning UF memorabilia.[1] Furthermore, Urban Freeflow was criticized for organizing freerunning competitions sponsored by Barclaycard. The critics believed that freerunning, like parkour, should be a non-competitive activity. There are also complaints of the corporate nature of the event, many freerunning sites saying that the introduction of merchandising and sponsorships would compromise the true nature of the sport. To this one of the founders of Urban Freeflow, Ez has replied "The people who are saying this are the ones who don't have any sponsorship,".[2] However many people practising parkour and freerunning believe that they are "free" disciplines and they don't belong to corporations, sponsors and medias.[3] Sébastien Foucan has since commented on the matter, that free running is about following your 'own way,' and though he himself does not personally believe in competition, others might believe that to be their 'way.'[4]

Past Projects[edit]

Feature Films: Breaking & Entering, Blood & Chocolate, Casino Royale, 28 Weeks Later, Devil's Playground.

Documentaries: Jump Britain, Urban Freeflow, The Way, Planet Parkour, Boost - Urban Running, Some Truth About Youth, How Bruce Lee Changed the World.

Promotions and Commercials: Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Adidas, Ecko, Redbull, Guinness, BT, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Barclaycard, Schwarzkopf, Ford, Snickers, Swatch, SAP, Canon, Speedstick, Relentless, Hewlett Packard.

Live Performances: Toyota (3000 spectators), Royal Navy (10,000 spectators), Hewlett Packard (2000 spectators), Mercedes (2000 spectators), Microsoft (1000 spectators), World Freerun Championships (2000 spectators), Nokia (6000 spectators), Mayor's Thames Festival (750,000 spectators over two days).

Workshops: Mayor of London, Tate Britain, Metropolitan Police, UK Schools, British Armed Forces, Urban Freeflow 'PKDays' (thirteen in total), Various smaller UF workshops (over 100).

Future Projects[edit]

Jump Britain[edit]

Jump Britain is a 2005 documentary about free running. Directed by Mike Christie and produced by Carbon Media, it is a sequel to Channel 4's Jump London. Two of the three free runners from Jump London, Sébastien Foucan and Jérôme Ben Aoues, appear alongside the members of Urban freeflow, as they interact with numerous famous landmarks all over Britain. Another section of the documentary sees various members of Urban Freeflow go on a 'pilgrimage' to Lisses, France, where parkour was founded. The trip includes a visit to the famous Dame Du Lac climbing wall.

The free runners tackle some of the UK's most iconic sites including Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, the Giant's Causeway and Derry's walls in Northern Ireland, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

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