The practice of Art Du Déplacement (ADD) or Art Of Movement was born in the suburbs of Paris during the 1980s, amongst a group of young people connected by friendship and family: Chau Belle, David Belle, Williams Belle, Yann Hnautra, Laurent Piemontesi, Guylain Boyeke, Charles Perrière, Sébastien Foucan and Malik Diouf.
At first they played together with tests of their strength and agility. Over time, in a spirit of mutual encouragement and emulation to grow stronger and go further beyond their limits, they developed a rigorous training system of specific exercises and targeted techniques to prepare themselves for feats requiring increasingly higher levels of physical and mental mastery.
As time went on, the group divided over different interests and three related threads of the discipline emerged — Art Du Déplacement (ADD by the Yamakasi), Freerunning (established by Sebastian Foucan), and Parkour (named by David Belle when he split from the original group). Read “What is Parkour?” >
The discipline became more widely known to the public via the 2001 film Yamakasi (the name of which came from the original Yamakasi group) starring Chau Belle, Williams Belle, Yann Hnautra, Laurent Piemontesi, Guylain Boyeke, Charles Perrière and Malik Diouf.
The name Yamakasi comes from Lingala, a Central African dialect, and signifies “strong spirit, strong body, strong person”.
MOVE Academy was once known as ADD Academy Singapore. We have been representing the origins of Art du Déplacement (ADD) / Parkour and are directly connected to the Yamakasi founders of the discipline in France. We aim to make the Yamakasi founders’ experience accessible to everyone, while strongly advocating the ADD values:
Over time, as we matured, we learnt the benefits of practising other art forms, based on our firm belief in universal interdependence. Beyond differing foundations, we see the endless possibilities of movement, where we value the unique view everyone brings.
Today, MOVE Academy is a collective of diverse movement and art forms beyond ADD / Parkour, with the same strong focus on the ADD values, providing a variety of classes and services (performances, private sessions, corporate workshops, etc) to help everyone build a strong body, mind and spirit.
MOVE Academy is supported by the Singapore’s Parkour governing body, Parkour Singapore
Our bodies are designed to move and be functional. We aim to rediscover and regain this function that we all own but sometimes lose over time. No matter who you are, we can all grow and improve mobility and functionality at our own pace.
Beyond the joy of learning how to fully harness the power of body and mind, we train for a purpose: To have a positive impact on the community and society around us, be it our family or our immediate circle of influence. We build ourselves to be healthy and useful to those around us.
We always have the future in mind when we train. Never for short term gains or thrill, we treat ourselves with care, and move in a way that brings us the best health benefits decades down the road.
Training is as much a group experience as it is an individual journey. Training together helps us to further push our physical and mental boundaries, providing one another with support and encouragement. We always look out for our fellow practitioners, and we always extend a helping hand to make sure everyone finishes what they started.
Director / Coach
Personally transformed for the better by Art du Déplacement and a huge passion for coaching, Shie Boon wishes to play a part in preserving and spreading the goodness of the discipline to people of all walks of life.
He has taught students of a wide spectrum in age ranging from preschool to seniors in the past 2 years, providing him with an understanding of different needs among the age groups.
He was featured in The Straits Times and Toggle for his initiative of helping seniors get active through Art du Déplacement / Parkour.
Charis started her movement exploration as a dancer, first experiencing various street dance forms and then contemporary dance. Seeing herself and her peers getting injured over the years while performing, practising and being a dance instructor frustrated her, which led her to find ways to help herself and others.
Gaining new understanding of her body and movement over the years through continual learning and exploring ways to strengthen the body, she began seeing similarities between art forms. With this came a versatility in how she helps people find novel and practical solutions for their needs.
She loves that movement does not discriminate and she see clients from all ages and capabilities. From the very young to the very old, professional athletes to someone who has trouble lifting their leg, movement is for everyone. She’s also a choreographer, singer, and co-runs SHIFT Movement Collective.
A passionate practitioner for more than 10 years, Chen Pin (CP) has travelled around the world to teach, perform, and participate in different events and competitions – notably in Beast Coast, Freerun Hefei City, North American Parkour Championships.
He is also a community leader – with his ambitions in growing the Parkour scene regionally, he masterminded the biggest Parkour event in Asia – Lion City Gathering.
With 7 years of coaching experience and counting, he is also proud to be the second person in Asia to have attained the ParkourEDU certification, and aims to share his outlook of Parkour to budding practitioners.
Over the past decade, Nachos began exploring Parkour on his own and moved on to training with some of the best practitioners in Singapore. One of his most recent achievements is participating in the AAPES Jump Off 2016 Freerun and Speedrun Challenge, held in Sydney. As the president of Parkour Singapore, he is always promoting and representing Parkour to all ages.
He loves active movements and exploring other activities such as dance, martial arts, tricking, and gymnastics.
He currently holds ADAPT Level 1 and 2 certifications.
KY started his journey in the movement and martial arts world in 2003, as a Taekwondo practitioner. He attained the 1st dan black belt in the year 2008. He later found Capoeira in 2010, and had focused his training in the art ever since. There are various schools of thought in the diverse art of Capoeira. KY believes that the art should be embraced holistically, and the seemingly contradictory philosophies – dance vs martial art, trickery vs objectivity, playfulness vs aggression, can all be embodied within the body, mind and spirit of the Capoeirista.
KY continues to spread the wisdom and teachings of Capoeira under the pupillage of Mestre Xuxo, founder of the Pelo Sinal da Santa Cruz school of Capoeira.
Coming from a background as a competitive athlete, Jay believes that when a person finds a physical discipline they enjoy, being fit becomes a welcomed “side effect”. Having step foot in a wide range of disciplines, he is able to draw relations to the problems faced by his students and teach them accordingly. He gets his ecstasy when he sees people having their breakthrough.
Not one to simply teach, for the student to achieve the physical movement itself, he pays attention to the mental aspect of training greatly, because like ‘strength’, ’flexibility’, ‘mobility’ or any other physical abilities, ‘confidence’ can be trained progressively.
Having a combat martial arts background, his learning from Gymnastics as an adult, together with some dabbling in Parkour, gives Jay a very hands-on knowledge of the movement mechanics of the human body, and how to apply proper (and not fancy) conditioning/drill to best serve the needs of the student, which is unable to be taught via theories alone.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Jay also likes to explore other disciplines to supplement his trade. So while his expertise lies in teaching gymnastics and bodyweight movements, the knowledge from other disciplines gives him tools to see the bigger picture.
Jay strongly advocates teaching a student at the pace they should be learning at. That way, they can progress to become a better and independent learner.
Chief Enjoyment Officer
Ever since he got introduced to Art du Déplacement / Parkour in 2016, Desmond has been a strong advocate of the disciplines.
Deeply passionate about human psychology and relationships, he aims to improve public’s perception and awareness of the disciplines, grow the community, and enrich every member’s experience within the community.
He was responsible for bringing our seniors’ transformation stories through movement to the attention of the general public worldwide in 2018, including the Prime Minister of Singapore.