About us

How it all started

The practice of Art Du Déplacement (ADD) or Art Of Movement was born in the suburbs of Paris during the late 1990s, 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).

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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”.

The discipline was then again popularised via the 2004 film District 13 starring David Belle, and The Great Challenge starring the Yamakasi. In the years since, the popularity of the discipline has grown exponentially worldwide.

About MOVE Academy Singapore

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Previously known as ADD Academy Singapore, MOVE Academy Singapore aims to make the Yamakasi founders’ experience accessible to everyone. The academy’s curriculum is based on an innovative training programme that uses body weight training for applications in movement — running, climbing, jumping and vaulting, among many other techniques adapted to all levels of fitness, regardless of background, age and gender.

Directly inspired by the Yamakasi training methods, our coaches are trained by and maintain close connections with the founders of the discipline. Art du Déplacement and Parkour aids practitioners in both body and mind mastery, and ultimately redefine their perspective towards their daily environment.

Our values

Movement for all

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.

We start together, we finish together

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.

Be strong to be useful

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.

To be and to last

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.

Our team

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Shie Boon

Head Coach / Director

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.

Credentials

  • Art Du Deplacement and Parkour Teaching (A.D.A.P.T) Level 1 Coach
  • Certified by Standard First Aid Course by Singapore Red Cross Society (2018)
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Fagan Cheong

Art du Déplacement and Parkour Coach

Fagan has been part of the Academy since its beginnings and is one of the pioneers of the Parkour community in Singapore.

He strongly believes in the values and benefits of the Art du Déplacement discipline and wants to keep the original spirit alive, finding ways to share with others the discipline that has nurtured him to be ‘strong to be useful’, and to create a positive impact in the lives of budding practitioners.

He was featured in Channel I interview, Newman Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Yahoo!, Skochy Magazine, and more.

Credentials

  • The only Art Du Deplacement and Parkour Teaching (A.D.A.P.T) Level 2 Coach in Southeast Asia
  • American Council of Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer (2014)
  • Certified by Standard First Aid Course by Singapore Red Cross Society (2012)
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Nachos Nyan Lin Cho

Parkour and Flips Coach

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 founder 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.

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Koh Chen Pin

Parkour and Flips Coach

A passionate practitioner of 11 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, 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.

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Faiz SaifulRohman

Parkour and Flips Coach

Faiz has been training parkour since 2009. Inspired by the likes of Jackie Chan, he was always mesmerized as stuntmen and acrobats performed their ‘impossible’ feats.

Lured into a continuous adventure of self-improvement, he has since trained with several international communities across the world. He has also performed professionally – for Singapore Night Fest, SHINE Festival, MediaCorp, Universal Studios, McDonald’s China, BMW, Prudential and many others.

With a renewed perspective, he is keen to share his experiences of the art to nurture a new generation of passionate movers. He believes that no matter the reason, fun, fitness or friendship; parkour is for everyone.

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Charis Koh

Movement Coach

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.

Credentials:

  • Polestar Pilates Studio Comprehensive Certified
  • Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
  • GYROTONIC level 1 Certified
  • Animal Flow level 1 Certified
  • FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) Mobility Specialist
  • 8 years of coaching experience
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M. Asraf

Art du Déplacement and Parkour Coach

A children’s parkour and gymnastics coach since 2008, M. Asraf has coached in Canadian International, Tanglin Trust School, United World College and a several more international schools over the past 10 years. He is highly passionate in children’s emotional well-being and possesses several qualifications in communications and emotional competencies.

Asraf is especially keen in nurturing children’s love for self-discovery through movement, as they develop deeper self-awareness, build trust towards adults, and overcome their limiting beliefs, in a highly positive, fun and growth-filled environment.

Credentials

  • Lvl II British Gymnastics Coach MAG & WAG
  • Licenced Coach & Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Professional Certification in Psychology
  • International Certification in Science of Emotional Skills & Competencies
  • Basic Child Protection Training Course Certified by Kidscape
  • Certified by Standard First Aid Course by Singapore Red Cross Society (2017)
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Raphael

Art du Déplacement and Parkour Coach

To Raphael, the core values of Art du Déplacement resonate deeply with his personal beliefs in continuous improvement and self-mastery.

Having been a practitioner of the discipline for a number of years, he has turned to coaching to help others find, understand, and eventually master themselves.

Credentials

  • Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF)
  • Certified by Standard First Aid Course by Singapore Red Cross Society (2017)
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Cassandra Mak

Manual and Movement Therapist

Cassandra helps people help themselves.

Coming from a sports and martial arts background, she had many injuries and many questions about how to help herself and how to train effectively with longevity in mind. As she found answers to those questions, she began helping people with this knowledge and decided to keep doing this – questioning things, seeking answers and helping people. She helps them by creating goals, specific solutions and strategies with them, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and make better decisions about their future health.

She has worked with people from 7 to 80 years old and with varied physical capabilities (i.e. post/pre-surgery to athletes/professionals). She has also helped individuals achieve their goals, for example, from those who wish to walk without a walking stick to others who wish to prepare for sports competitions.

Credentials:

  • Certified Rolfer®
  • FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) Specialist
  • Apprenticeship with osteopaths, worked with national climbers, dancers, and pre/post-surgery clients
  • Practicing manual and movement therapy for 3 years
  • Animal Flow Level 1 Certified
About Us

Desmond Chua

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.

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