Quite frankly, this arguement is really gettin on my last nerve! Hopefully y'all can accept my words, and I'll educate you once and for on this subject, so that you can go on to share this knowledge and (accuratly) educate others. Let it be known that most of my teaching derive directlly from the words of Stephane Vigroux, The Yamakazi(including both David Belle and Sebastien Foucan), and My mentor in both life and Parkour, John Conway (practioner of over 5 years and 1 of only 2 A.D.A.P.T. certified Practitioners in the U.S.)
That's not what the Yamakasi say. They say it's all the same thing and to stop worrying about titles or trying to differentiate the two and just move. We all move. We all train the same things. Why do their have to be two different titles? L'art du dèplacement is the original name, later changed to parkour, and later changed to freerunning to introduce the concept to America. Regardless of what you call it its the same thing. I have no clue why people argue this. It's a pointless debate when time is better spent learning that new move your trying to get.
this is an almost flawless direct qoute from Châu Belle and (to a point) Yann Henautra at the American Randezvous.
You had discussed the Physical and Mental Aspects with the Mental Aspect changing. Your on the right path, but this is not quite correct. You fail to mention the third Aspect, the Spiritual Aspect, which you mistook as part of the Mental Aspect. You see, its the Spiritual Aspect that is this much more personal and differing Aspect. The Three Aspects are as follows:
Physical - the actual movements that are observed, as well as the physical training and conditioning.
Mental - The philosophies that dictate a Traceur/euse's choises and dicisions at every level in both training and life EX: "être forte, pour être utile", "One heart, One core"(A.K.A. "Fraternity" or "Brotherhood"), "Slow, safe progression," etc.
Spiritual - deeply personal, differenshiating charictaristic, including "Why you practice Parkour" and "What the discipline means to you".
In the end, Parkour, Freerunning, and L'art du déplacement, DO NOT differ by definition, only in sentiment of each individual practitioner. Although Tricking tends to be a seprate art do to most trickers' lack of large chunks of the Mental Aspect.
hehehehehe btw, yes, the term proposed as a verb meaning "To practice/do/train Parkour" was indeed "Traceing," which im quite fond of. But that discussion is one for differant thread