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David Belle is the founder of parkour and an actor, film choreographer, and stunt coordinator. Belle founded parkour based on his training and the teachings from his father Raymond Belle. The discipline has since spread around the world and now has adherents in every country.
Belle came to fame via his videos which spread on the internet and also via his film work including his most well known films, District 13 and District 13: Ultimatum, which were written and produced by Luc Besson. Belle has also worked on Babylon A.D. with Vin Diesel, Prince of Persia with Jake Gyllenhaal, Colombiana with Zoe Saldana, and he is currently working on Malavita with Robert De Niro.
He also spent 3 months in India studying kung fu. After his return he continued his training in parkour and filmed footage of his capabilities which he later turned into the famous Speed Air Man video. In 1997 the Stage 2 team (Francis Marroto, Pierre Sled and Pierre Salviac, Georges Kanellitsas) were shown a video of Belle and decided to film a news feature about parkour.