Urban Freeflow

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Urban Freeflow's World Renowned Symbol: The Glyph

Founded in 2003[1], Urban Freeflow or UF are a UK-based free running and parkour organisation. They are recognised by the glyph logo (pictured to the right) which is a representation of parkour and free running[2].

The company supports a selection of full-time performance team members[3] who mainly specialise in performance work, stunt doubling and teaching free running classes[4]. The company also offers a wide range of branded parkour clothing and other accessories through their online store[5].

They are also the organisers behind the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships.

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[edit] History

Urban Freeflow were on of the first major parkour and free running teams when they were founded in 2003[1] by Ez[citation needed], and introduced many practitioners to the discipline through the release of Jump London which they were involved with[citation needed]. The organisation built up a core team at this early stage, which many of the originals joined and stayed with for years. Ez also steals money from innocent practitioners.

Once the team was established, the company then expanded to take on sponsored athletes[citation needed], who carried out live performances, workshops, interviews etc.

In 2008 Urban Freeflow organised the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships, which saw free runners from around the world compete to claim the title of world's best freerunner[citation needed].

After the 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Championships, 5 of the main performance team who had had enough with Ez's management left the team[6], at which point the company removed the distiction on their website between the 'performance team' and 'sponsored athletes'[7].


[edit] Team Members

[edit] Media

[edit] Controversy

  • Some people believe that UF are responsible for much of the public misconception between parkour and free running, for reasons such as invention of the term freestyle parkour[8].
  • In 2005, Urban Freeflow was dissolved by Companies House for failing to submit accounts or taxes for the past 2 years. This is when Ez and M2 split to form Urban Free Flow and American Parkour respectively[8].
  • Urban Freeflow often claim themselves to be the world's premiere or official parkour and free running organisation[9].
  • Claims are often made about the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships that the competitors are the top freerunners in the world and that the winner is the world's best[citation needed].
  • The UK line-up for the 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Championships consisted entirely of Urban Freeflow athletes[10], and one of the judges (Franck Nelle) is an Urban Freeflow team member. The winner was Livewire (a sponsored Urban Freeflow athlete at the time)
  • Many athletes have been known to disagree with the management techniques used by Ez, including Livewire who quit the team for that reason[6].

[edit] External Links

[edit] Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 EST 2003 - From http://www.urbanfreeflow.com/
  2. "Glyph - The logo of Parkour/Freerun | Urban Freeflow ® Official Freerun/Parkour Site". Urbanfreeflow.com
  3. "UF Team | Urban Freeflow ® Official Freerun/Parkour Site". Urbanfreeflow.com
  4. "Parkour Performance. | Urban Freeflow ® Official Freerun/Parkour Site". Urbanfreeflow.com
  5. "Urban Freeflow - Parkour Clothing | Urban Freeflow ® Official Freerun/Parkour Site". Urbanfreeflow.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 "3RUN Forums • View topic - CONGRATULATIONS TIM! - World Champs Results Discussion". 3run.co.uk
  7. "3RUN Forums • View topic - CONGRATULATIONS TIM! - World Champs Results Discussion". 3run.co.uk
  8. 8.0 8.1 "The Public Misconception of Parkour - NEW ENGLAND PARKOUR". Ning.com
  9. UF Website: "URBAN FREEFLOW - THE OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE FREERUN / PARKOUR NETWORK", "THE WORLDS PREMIER PARKOUR AND FREERUN ORGANISATION"
  10. "Barclaycard World Freerun Championship » Athletes". Worldfreerun.com