Practice and ADD Founders

Founders of the practice (ADD, Parkour, Free running)

The practice of Art Du Déplacement (ADD) was born in the suburbs of Paris during the late 1980s, amongst a group of young people joined 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 higher and higher levels of physical and mental mastery. As time went on, the group split along friendship lines and over different interests. Thus, three related threads of the discipline emerged – Art Du Déplacement (ADD), Freerunning (established by Sebastian Foucan), and Parkour (named by David Belle when he split from the original group).

The discipline became more widely know 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”) and later via the 2004 film “District 13” (starring David Belle) and “The great challenge” (starring Yamakasi). In the years since, the practice has spread and grown increasingly popular worldwide.

Art Du Déplacement Founders and ADD philosophy

Art Du Déplacement (ADD) has been further developed by four of the nine original Yamakasi founders Chau Belle, Williams Belle, Yann Hnautra, and Laurent Piemontesi – and supported by Guylain Boyeke, practising ADD for more than 20 years to spread a culture of sharing, centred on wellbeing via mental and physical effort, and on values such as tradition, security, goodwill, universalism, autonomy, stimulation and success.

The practice of ADD aims at the (re-)appropriation of one’s environment, via moving one’s body in respect of the environment, of nature, of other people and one’s surroundings.

More than mere athletes, the founding Yamakasi have developed a state of mind in order to no longer be subjected to one’s environment, but rather (re-)learn to act and interact with it. This relationship with one’s environment being constant, the Yamakasi have developed a new way to move, closer to our primal functions reviving their instincts, practically wild.

In this way Art Du Déplacement lays emphasis on the training and constitution of the human being. Indeed, the “modern” human body (and mind) no longer being adapted to a natural environment, it has been important for the Yamakasi founders to re-learn to use all the physical and functional capacities of their bodies.

  • CHAU BELLE
Chau-1-f7a9c8cf0005f77a5417c7bc27b3c162-195x160 Chau Belle is one of the founders of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Origins”, and of the original Yamakasi group. He teaches Art Du Déplacement mainly in Paris and Choisy-le-Roi, and also regularly travels to run ADD workshops and training in France and around the world.
Chau Belle is one of the founders of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Origins”, and of the original Yamakasi group. He teaches Art Du Déplacement mainly in Paris and Choisy-le-Roi, and also regularly travels to run ADD workshops and training in France and around the world.
  • YANN HNAUTRA
yann3-e1410211299148-33472f112479a5caa944ff0d200f743c-195x160 Yann Hnautra is one of the founders of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Origins”, and of the original Yamakasi group. He is a pioneer in the Art Du Déplacement movement. He teaches ADD in Paris, Evry, and around the world.
Yann Hnautra is one of the founders of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Origins”, and of the original Yamakasi group. He is a pioneer in the Art Du Déplacement movement. He teaches ADD in Paris, Evry, and around the world.
  • WILLIAMS BELLE
William-Belle-d1c6c10bb1ae75fad170b3366ad7c235-195x160 Williams Belle is one of the founding members of the Yamakasi group, and also a creator of the Art Du Déplacement movement. He teaches ADD in Paris and around the world, and was a key supporter in the creation of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Orgins”.
Williams Belle is one of the founding members of the Yamakasi group, and also a creator of the Art Du Déplacement movement. He teaches ADD in Paris and around the world, and was a key supporter in the creation of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Orgins”.
  • LAURENT PIEMONTESI
Laurent-Piemontesi-4e251b810a52a0e4a16c9d1147650bcb-195x160 Laurent Piemontesi is one of the founders of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Origins”, and of the original Yamakasi group. Also one of the creators of the Art Du Déplacement movement, he now teaches ADD in Italy, primarily at Forma In Arte and ADD Academy Milan.
Laurent Piemontesi is one of the founders of “ADD Academy by Yamakasi Origins”, and of the original Yamakasi group. Also one of the creators of the Art Du Déplacement movement, he now teaches ADD in Italy, primarily at Forma In Arte and ADD Academy Milan.