LIVE Q&A With Adam Dunlap! (David Belle, FIG, and More)

Last week, Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap did a LIVE stream on our Facebook page to address our views on the recent FIG initiatives which have causes endless discussions in the Parkour world. If you didn’t see it, watch it by clicking here.

From this video, many viewers asked questions about David Belle’s support of FIG which was made apparent in social media posts, articles, and online videos from FIG and Mr. Belle Adam spent years working closely with David, and so in response to these questions, he (Adam) agreed to do another LIVE Q&A stream. In it he will answers questions, and in this he will chime in on his view of Mr. Belle’s involvement in FIG. This is something you don’t want to miss. Plus you can ask your questions!!

Click here to watch the LIVE stream Q&A session with Adam Dunlap at 12:05pm PST on our Facebook page!

25% OFF For David Belle’s Birthday Sale!!

Today is the birthday of the founder of Parkour, David Belle! (April 29th!) So in honor of him* we are having a 25% OFF sale in our online store! All you have to do to save is use the coupon code “BELLE25” at checkout and you’ll save!

Click here to begin shopping! This deal only last through the weekend so hurry!

Click here to start shopping and save 25%!! This weekend only!

…and in case you didn’t know, David Belle turns 43 today and he can still throw it down.

Happy Birthday David!

You can follow Belle on Facebook through his official page here.


*David Belle does not support or endorse Take Flight or this sale in any way. It’s simply a sale for the Parkour community we are doing in honor of him.

Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe – Days 30 to 23

We are counting down the days to the Take Flight 1.0 launch by giving you daily insights into the shoe and its development process. Here is a recap of the last 8 days!

30 Days ‘Til Launch – The Beginning

The development of the Take Flight 1.0 began in Lisses, France in August 2012. Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap was spending an extended amount of time in Lisses working with David Belle at this time. Belle was an endorser of Take Flight in 2012 and Take Flight was also the exclusive producer of Belle’s personal brand. And thus it was because of this relationship, and through this relationship, that in August 2012, Belle and Dunlap began discussing the design and development of the Parkour specific shoe that would ultimately become the Take Flight 1.0.


29 Days ‘Til Launch – Two Years in the Making

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day? Well neither was the Take Flight 1.0. When the Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe launches on July 15th, it will be almost two years (23 full months!) since development began. As a part of this process we designed more than 50 soles, more than 50 uppers, and we sorted through hundreds of materials options to find what we feel is the perfect combination of style and function, performance and durability. No one has ever worked so hard to design and develop a Parkour shoe as we did on the 1.0, and the result is one amazing all around shoe that you can be proud and confident in wearing as a Traceur.


28 Days ‘Til Launch – The David Belle Shoe or the Take Flight 1.0?

Here is a photo of the very first prototype for the shoe that would ultimately become the Take Flight 1.0. The story? Originally the Take Flight 1.0 was destined to become the David Belle Shoe! At the time of the shoe’s initial development Take Flight Founder Adam Dunlap was working very closely with Belle, and Take Flight was the company behind Belle’s personal brand. It was through this relationship that in August 2012 Dunlap spawned the idea to make a Parkour specific shoe for the David Belle brand. Belle loved the idea, they got right to work, and initially all structural and performance aspects of the shoe were directed by Belle through Dunlap. This photo shows the first prototype we made in direct accordance with Belle’s instructions. The problem? When the shoe arrived in France for Belle’s approval, Belle didn’t like it at all! It was soon after this that we redesigned the shoe and transformed it into the Take Flight 1.0.

Although the 1.0 now represents the Take Flight name and brand, many of the original performance concepts including grip, flexibility, and cushioning still remain from Belle’s original instruction and vision. All this means that even though the Take Flight 1.0 isn’t the world’s first Parkour shoe, it is the only training shoe in the world to have the direct added influence of Parkour founder David Belle.



27 Days ‘Til Launch – A Shoe From the Future

We designed the Take Flight 1.0 to stand the test of time. In order to do this we thought about the future of shoe technology and style and what design aspects were not only ideal for Parkour today, but what design aspects would still be ideal in 20 years. Sounds simple, right? It wasn’t. Predicting the future never is. But we had to start somewhere, and so we began with futuristic inspiration while staying grounded in Parkour’s history. Below is a collage of the photos we used as the initial inspiration for the Take Flight 1.0. We drew from Tron with the purpose of making a shoe that was sleek, refined, efficient and yet brilliantly captivating. And of course, at the center of it all is a famous picture of David Belle (he looks a bit like the Flight Man, doesn’t he?). We are thrilled with the final Take Flight 1.0 shoe as we feel it captures the aura and essence of these photos. But we’re not done yet. Even though the original Take Flight 1.0 is solid black, keep your eyes out in the coming years for Take Flight 1.0 modifications that reflect the brilliant colors of Tron.

Click here to see the full album of photos:


26 Days ‘Til Launch – Every Detail Mattered

Here is a photo of one of our initial concept renderings for the Take Flight 1.0. It shows the importance that each detail had and the depth to which we scrutinized every aspect of the shoe’s design and construction. As cool as this shoe looks, a few aspects made it non-conducive for the demands of Parkour. But we built off concept drawings such as this, took out the aspects that were weak, replaced them with better ones, improved the sole design for better grip, and we also decided to go with solid black colorway for the 1st edition. The result is a Parkour shoe without rival called the Take Flight 1.0. We spent 2 years working on every detail so you’d love it from the first day you put it on. And we guarantee you will or your money back. It’s part of our TSG (Traceur Satisfaction Guarantee) .


25 Days ‘Til Launch – Function Took Precedence and the Design Evolved

The photo we posted yesterday was our original-final design. We loved it just as much as you guys did. But there were functional problems with this shoe including a lack of flexibility based on various design components, and there were too many slits in the upper which allowed debris to get stuck in the shoe while Tracing. Also, as much as we loved the black and blue color combo, we felt the initial 1.0 shoe needed to be made of a solid colorway that was more versatile. So we continued refining the design inching closer and closer to the final version. This was our next set of renditions.


24 Days ‘Til Launch – The Outsole Design was Crucial

One of the most important design focuses we had when developing the Take Flight 1.0 was the outsole design. Why? Well of course when doing Parkour, grip is so, so, so important! And that often relies quite strongly on the tread design of your shoe’s outsole. Worth noting, we didn’t want a flat bottom sole like other Parkour shoes – we wanted something with texture, or as we call it “grip design.” The importance we put on making the grip design perfect is highlighted in the fact that it took us more than 8 months of designing and testing to get the sole right! Here are 6 of the about 120 sole designs we made in a quest to create the perfect outsole. So how did we do? Well that’s something you’ll have to decide when you wear the shoes  But the first time Take Flight pro Joey Adrian wore the 1.0s he emphatically approved when he said, “The Take Flight 1.0s have the best grip on rails of any shoe without a doubt.” We humbly think you’ll agree.


23 Days ‘Til Launch – 4 Stripes Inspired by Bruce Lee

The finishing touch on the upper design of the Take Flight 1.0 were the stripes. Originally there were 7 stripes on the side, then it was reduced to 6, then all the way to 3. We didn’t like any of them though! And most importantly, like everything we make at Take Flight, there had be real meaning behind the design decision, and without this we were stumped all the more and incapable of deciding. However, one of the original visions for the 1.0 was to make the shoe look strong and stealthy like a tiger. So Take Flight 1.0 designer Adam Dunlap went back to this vision. The stripes, being made in the image of a tiger claw scrape, led Dunlap to Bruce Lee and Enter the Dragon. Sure enough there were four claw marks on Lee during the final epic scene of the film, so we decided to pay homage to this by giving the Take Flight 1.0 four stripes as well. And how does this relate to Parkour, you ask? Well Parkour founder David Belle is actually a Bruce Lee fanatic and was no doubt inspired in many ways during his training by the accomplishments and legacy of Lee. So adding this design aspect into the shoe as homage to Bruce Lee’s final and most epic film, not only acknowledges a legend (Lee) that has inspired many Traceurs, it also gives credit to some of the inspiration that made Parkour what it is.


Stay tuned into our Facebook page for all the insight and news about the Take Flight 1.0s, set to ship worldwide on July 15th!



CLICK HERE to find out more about the Take Flight vision to support Parkour, Traceurs, and communities everywhere!



Let the 30 Day Take Flight 1.0 Countdown Begin!!!

The Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe is scheduled to ship internationally on July 15th. That’s only 30 days away (!!!), and soon after Traceurs worldwide will be Tracing the streets in what we believe to be the greatest Parkour shoe ever developed.

In anticipation of this momentous occasion, we’re starting a 30 Day Take Flight 1.0 Countdown. Every day for the next 30, we’ll be posting on our Facebook page about the shoes, and on each day we will share a new unknown insight, fact, and/or a never before seen photo about the shoe’s design, development, and performance.

Today is the first day of the 30 day countdown so we’re kicking it off right now and right here on the blog:

The development of the Take Flight 1.0 began in Lisses, France in August 2012. Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap was spending an extended amount of time in Lisses working with David Belle at this time. Belle was an endorser of Take Flight in 2012 and Take Flight was also the exclusive producer of Belle’s personal brand. And thus it was because of this relationship, and through this relationship, that in August 2012, Belle and Dunlap began discussing the design and development of the Parkour specific shoe that would ultimately become the Take Flight 1.0.

The release of the Take Flight 1.0 is the most anticipated shoe launch in Parkour history. We hope you tune in over the next 30 days to learn more about the details of the shoe and all that went into making it.

Until July 8th, the shoe will be on a pre-order special and you can save $20 (25%!) by purchasing it just a few weeks in advance. Click here to pick up your pair!

On July 15th, the highly anticipated Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoe launches to the Parkour masses worldwide. Let the 30 day countdown begin.



CLICK HERE to find out more about the Take Flight vision to support Parkour, Traceurs, and communities everywhere!



6 Photos of David Belle from Brick Mansions!! (Movie Hits Theaters April 25th!!)

We’ve been graced with the privilege to publish 6 great photos from the upcoming film Brick Mansions starring David Belle, Paul Walker, and RZA! The film hits theaters worldwide in just two days!!! (April 25th). Check out these photos and then get your tickets to see the film!

" Brick Mansions " / Europacorp
David Belle and Paul Walker in what appears to be a bank vault with a lot of open lock boxes.
Brick Mansions/Europacorp
Belle and Walker doing back flips to evade their captors.

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The World Famous PK Thermal is Back!!

Our world famous PK Thermal is back! It is available in three colors, and in Take Flight fashion we have it on discount for a limited time.


Now you can get your PK Thermal for only $20. And if you need any more persuasion, take this to heart – the PK Thermal is David Belle’s favorite Take Flight item.

David Belle loves the PK Thermal. Now you can have one, too. And for a limited time they are only $20.

Take Flight.

Happy 40th Birthday Mr. David Belle!!

Today (Monday, the 29th) is a most momentous day. It is David Belle’s birthday. And not just any birthday. Today he turns 40!

In celebration of Mr. Belle’s very special birthday day we are doing two things:

#1. All day long we are posting rare David Belle photos, videos, and content through our Facebook page. Stay tuned for that!

#2. We are going to have a one day 40% OFF sale. Seems fitting, right? So here you go:

  • Coupon code: Belle40
  • Discount: 40% on select tees including… all David Belle Line Tees, Simply Traceur Tee, Parkour DNA Tee, Parkour Limitless Tee, Roof Jump Tee, PK Jumper Tee, and the Trace Your Path Tee.
  • Dates: April 29, 2013 (ONE DAY ONLY)

It’s the least we can do for the founder of Parkour. We hope our postings and sale adds a little bit of joy to your Monday and helps you remember how special this day is 🙂

Take Flight.

Happy 40th Birthday to the founder of Parkour – David Belle.



A Beginners Guide to Parkour – For The Uninitiated

Parkour is a non competitive training discipline that involves its practitioners (called Traceurs) moving as quickly and efficiently as possible through their surrounding environment. By maintaining as much momentum as they can, Traceurs negotiate obstacles in their path, by running, climbing, jumping, vaulting and rolling, depending on which method of movement may be the most suitable at any given time. Its purpose is to develop both physical and mental agility and strength, and in a similar fashion to some martial arts, there is an accompanying philosophy. This philosophy is one of self-improvement, overcoming limits, strength, altruism and community.

The founder of Parkour, David Belle, in Lisses, France.

Parkour is a relatively new discipline, and its origins can be traced back to its French founder David Belle. As a schoolboy, David grew up hearing stories about his father (Raymond Belle) about his father’s heroic exploits as a fire fighter in Paris. David also learned that his father, as the age of seven, had been sent to a military orphanage camp. In order to survive and avoid becoming a victim, Raymond trained longer and harder than everyone else, also devising his own courses from using the trees and areas around the camp. This period gave Raymond Belle an inner strength, determination and fearlessness which he took with him through life.

Through direct conversations with his father David was inspired and realized that he too wanted to begin training in this way, and so he did. Although David originally started training on his own, soon like-minded people began to be drawn in, and it slowly transformed from a personal journey to a fully-fledged discipline of its own with many followers. During this time, David changed the name from parcours to Parkour.

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Parkour PURE vs Parkour FUN (by Adam Dunlap)

Have you ever heard anyone say this?

I’m going to go train.

If you’re a Traceur you probably have. It’s the standard announcement which signifies “I’m leaving to go do Parkour/Freerunning.” It makes sense to say it. If nothing else, it sounds cooler than the tongue twisting, “I’m going to do Parkour.”

The exception I take to this statement (“I’m going to go train”) is that 99.9% of Traceurs don’t actually go train. They go have fun and jump around with friends, and laugh, and work on “techniques.” But none of it is actual Parkour training in the Pure Parkour sense. That’s why I’ve titled this blog Parkour PURE vs Parkour FUN. I’m going to explain to you what Parkour PURE is, and you’ll see the difference.

Before I move forward I want to take a few steps back to provide a foundation for what I am about to say:

#1. The definition of Parkour is NOT “getting from Point A to Point B…” Parkour by definition is a training method.
#2. More specifically, as David says, “Parkour is a training method for warriors.”

Sit on that for a few moments before reading further.

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Redefining the Word Traceur by Adam Dunlap

What is a Traceur? That’s not a question I’ve consciously thought about very much over the past seven years. That’s because I always thought I knew the answer.

A Traceur is someone who practices Parkour.

Simple, right? Hmm, well not entirely. You see, I don’t believe in that definition anymore. Before I give you my new definition, I’ll explain some of the things that led me to it.

David [Belle] is a good place to start. He was my inspiration to start doing Parkour, and getting to know him as a close friend and learning the discipline directly from him has completely changed my view on Parkour and what it means to be a Traceur. There are two things I’d like to share from him for the sake of this writing.

First, David doesn’t train anymore. When he feels the need to move, he does. When he is inspired to jump, he goes. And when he is surrounded by good friends he will often venture out and test his détente. But for the most part David has finished his training. He was and still is one of the most capable athletes on the planet, but that’s not why he has stopped. He has stopped his training because he doesn’t feel there’s anything left to learn through it. We’ll come back to that.

Second, one of many things David has taught me about Parkour is that contrary to popular thinking today, the purpose of Parkour is not to keep doing it. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite. David has explained this to me on multiple occasions:

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