Nanjing Parkour


Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Over the weekend I had a quick shoot covering a local parkour team in Nanjing for Map Magazine. Parkour is a relatively new sport, growing in popularity, in which the participants, known as traceurs, repurpose the urban landscape so as to move between two points more efficiently or quickly. That’s a boring description though; think fast-moving movie stuntman-style leaping, flipping, and balancing between buildings and over obstacles such as staircases, railings, or tree planters. The guys in TNT, Nanjing’s main team, have been going strong since 2007 when they were introduced to the sport by a visiting foreigner. Now, the group numbers around 20, of varying skill levels.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Members of Nanjing's parkour team TNT practice for a parkour session in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

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