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 coaches

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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 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

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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