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 Freerunning/ Parkour...  Sebastien Foucan...     
  
 
Match the questions from the interview with Sebastien Foucan       
to the answers:
 
1. Firstly, can you explain what                 A. Not really but I grew up watching
   parkour is?                                   Bond! 

2. Where did the inspiration for              B. Yes, I did but I did 95% of

   parkour come from?                             it myself!
 
3. Were you a James Bond fan before           C. I don't know, maybe I will!
you acted in Casino Royale?
 
4. Were you involved with the                 D. Parkour is a sport which uses
 planning and choreography of your               your environment to move and
 action scenes in Casino Royale?                 develop for body and spirit!
 
7. You are a professional athlete             E. Yes, I planned some but only in
 so did you need a stunt double                  my action sequences.
 for the dangerous scenes?

8. Are you going to do more film              F. Yes, to show people my discipline

  and acting roles?                              but Parkour is not just an art form
                                                 it's a sport. You need to be trained
                                                 to do it.

9. Will you use Casino Royale as a            G. Parkour originally came from the

a way to promote "free running" to               army, from obstacle courses and
people who don't know about the art form?        an officier called Georges Hebert. 
  adapted from www.universalexports.net/interviews/foucan.shtml
 
 
 
True or false?
1. Parkour is just an art form? 
2. You need be trained to practise Parkour? 
3. It originates from the film Casino Royale?
4. Sebastien Foucan was a big fan of Bond films? 
 
 
 
 
Read this text                                                     
adapted from www.foucan.com.
 
     Born in 1974, Sébastien Foucan is the founder of Freerunning and co-founder of 
     Parkour. He is married with one child and lives in France. He was born to Guy and
     Lydie Foucan, with Caribbean origins (Guadeloupe), and brought up with his 4
     brothers and 1 sister.
     Freerunning is the result of 18 years of practice and thinking. Sébastien
     developed his skills though childhood play.
     In 1992 Sébastien discovered the discipline of “Tao du Jeet kune do” and others,
     which he began to include in his practice. By 1993 he had started to put 
     names to the key moves he was practicing. Between '94 and '96 he was working as a 
     firefighter in Paris as part of military service. Sébastien suffered a serious
     injury. It was a turning point for his practice, reinforcing his determination to
     encourage people to take care of themselves and respect their body, mind and
     environment.
 
 
Answer these questions:
 
1. Sebastien created Parkour by himself. 
2. He injured himself practising 'Tao du Jeet Kune do'. 
3. His injury made him less sure about the importance of respecting your body
3. Childhood play helped him to improve his skills.
4. He has 4 siblings. 
5. Before '93 he hadn't really named many of the moves he was practising.
6. Sebastien did not take part in miltary service. 
 
 
 
1. The aim of this text is to:
       a. give information about Sebastien Foucan   b. explain about Freerunning 
 
2. A good title for this text would be:
        a. The origins of Parkour        b. Short biography of Sebastien Foucan  
 
3. This text is:
        a. a report           b. a notice         c. an article  
 
4. The text is mainly written in the:
        a. past tense        b. present tense         c. passive 
 
 
 
Click on the link below and listen to the interview             
 
 
 
Click on things you hear Sebastien say:
 
1. Free running is about expressing yourself in your envirnoment 
2. Me and my friend thought we would create something 
3. It's about being powerful and having imagination 
4. It's not very demanding 
5. It is important to have a guide when you begin practising 
6. You can avoid falling down 
7. Most imporant is to teach kids to see where the danger is
8. It is important to show-off to other people 
9. You can learn about co-ordination 
10. In our society we are connected to our environment 
11. Free-running is a fantastic discipline to teach you skills  
12. We have to be positive because the world is hard to live in  
13. Parkour is driven by love and passion 
 
 
 
Write a short paragraph about Parkour.
   What do you think about Parkour?
   Do you think it is dangerous?
   Would you like to train to do it?
  
 
 

 

       


 

 

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