Parkour is a sport where traceurs and traceuses try to get to a starting point to an end point as quickly and efficiently. They do this without any assisting equipment. The thrill of the sport is performing cool tricks off different surfaces and platforms.
In parkour, traceurs and traceuses begin at a specific starting point and they must get to the end point as fast and efficiently as possible. There are no specific rules for passing over obstacles, the main objective is to maintain flow.
Traceurs compete for themselves.
When he was a teenager, Ryan first started training in martial arts, which would later help his freerunning and parkour techniques. In 2007, he won the Art of Motion competition in Vienna. However, he broke his leg in the competition while doing a 12 foot drop. He had to get a metal plate and screws in his shin. Ryan has made a full recovery since then. He still competes even with poor eyesight. Despite these setbacks, he has won three more Art of Motion competitions and even earned a sponsorship deal with Red Bull. Along with Daniel Ilabaca, he is a co-founder of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation.
September 22, 1984