"Dear Traceur Steely,
Freerunning is NOT the same as parkour... Parkour is the art of getting from a to b in the fastest way possible, there is no competetiveness in it, it is solely a discipline and nothing more.
Freerunning is more theatrical as this article states, there are parts of freerunning which involve flips and 360 spins, these are not relevant in parkour as parkour was designed to be used as a getaway technique.
Freerunning was adapted from parkour to be theatrical and stunning, but it is not always the most practical form of movement. Parkour always takes the quickest way through an obstacle, whether it looks dignified or not."