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Adaptive Movement Is a Parkour Class for the Physically Disabled

Instructor Wes Hamner helps student Jolie Smith, who lost the ability to walk when she was 11.
Instructor Wes Hamner helps student Jolie Smith, who lost the ability to walk when she was 11.
Aaron Reiss

When you think of parkour, you probably think about American Ninja Warrior, modern action movies or any of the countless viral videos that feature people jumping from roof to roof with seemingly reckless abandon. When you think of someone who does parkour, you probably imagine someone tall and lean, strong but not bulky in the way football players or professional wrestlers are.

That’s the modern face of parkour, but that’s not the only type of parkour that exists. Here in Houston, some locals are practicing a different type, one that isn’t in the viral videos you’ve seen on Facebook. Over at Urban Movement, a Heights parkour studio, there’s a class called Adaptive Movement that teaches parkour for people who are physically disabled, and it's looking to go nationwide.


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