Hamilton will be leaping with parkour enthusiasts next month, at the National Parkour Gathering.
The event will be held in Hamilton from February 6-8.
The Friday will see Wintec bio mechanics department team up with parkour practitioners to study the force on the human body when leaping and landing parkour style.
Managing director for New Zealand Parkour, Damien Puddle said the day is about conducting research impact and force, such as the idea of sound being an indicator of force.
Mr Puddle said while sound is an indicator of force, there is no literature to support the theory.
Saturday and Sunday will be the days for the public to get a taste of parkour.
The morning will be warm up and demonstration from those who practice parkour, followed by a mentoring session in the afternoon for those who want to get a better understanding or start at a level they are comfortable.
"Basically you're overcoming obstacles," said Mr Puddle. "It gives you confidence, so if you're used to overcoming obstacles rather than avoiding them that [translates] to other areas of life."
He said anyone can be involved, no matter what age or fitness level as the idea is just to start with movements which you are comfortable doing, then progress when you feel ready.
As a non-competitive sport, other parkour practitioners help 'newbies' out.
Watching Hamilton parkour enthusiast Cliff Tarrant swing through trees, at first it looks like they're just playing. But having been involved in parkour for the past four years, Mr Tarrant is skilled in each swing and the moves are made in fluid motions.
Parkour originated in France and is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Mr
Puddle said there are now influences of gymnastics and martial arts.
"There are no rules. All over the world people train differently. We look for obstacles, benches, walls."
The group will be at Waikato University on Saturday, and in the central city on Sunday. Mr Puddle said they are likely to move around but be at the locations by 10am to get in on the action. For more information visit www.nzparkour.co.nz.