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    Akshay Kumar has found a passion to rival his love for the martial arts. He has developed a fascination for the French sport Parkour, which is
    the art of movement.

    Not that he’s a stranger to it. The star known for his undying love for outdoor sports , first acquired a taste for it when he tried it for a cola ad.
    Now, after pursuing it for a couple of years, Akshay is all set to pursue it professionally, going as far as to get the best Parkour trainers in the world to take him to the next, more serious and professional level of the game.

    Says a source close to the ever-athletic star, “Akshay has already taught himself all there’s to learn about Parkour. He loves the back-to-basic features of Parkour where you are on your own without external props.”

    However, fans desirous of seeing Akshay pursue Parkour on screen, are in for a disappointment. Apparently the star has for now decided to use his developing Parkour skills only for his ads.

    Not surprising, since the two films so far where he practiced Parkour, Tashan and Chandni Chowk to China have been the biggest disappointments of Akshay’s career. So let’s just say, those who want to see Akshay jump buildings from the highest floor and climb walls to get to the other side (these are part of the Parkour discipline) will have to make do with his ads and apparently the television game-show Fear Factor where Akshay has done Parkour.

    Stunts, action and adventuresports go hand-in-hand with Akshay Kumar. At least they used to, until Akshay’s son Aarav was born. Then he decided to play safe, for his son’s sake. But now Aarav urges his dad to regain his action image. “Anything my son wants, my son gets. I’ve always wanted to pursue new skills. To better myself is the only way to face up to the competition. I never look into the mirror in the morning. I look at the pictures of the new talented heroes who’ve come in. So yes, I’m taking my Parkour to the next level, which by the way is a really tough level to go to,” said Akshay before flying off with his wife and son for a 20-day holiday.

    What’s parkour?

    Parkour (the art of movement) is an activity that aims at movement from one point to another as smoothly, efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. A characteristic of parkour is efficiency. Practitioners move not only as rapidly as they can, but also in the most direct and efficient way possible. Parkour also influences one’s thought process by enhancing self-confidence and critical-thinking skills that allow one to overcome everyday physical and mental obstacles.



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