How it all started…
The practice of Art Du Déplacement (ADD) or Art Of Mouvement 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).
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”. The discipline was then again popularised via the 2004 film District 13starring David Belle, and The Great Challenge starring the Yamakasi. In the years since, the popularity of the discipline has grown exponentially worldwide.
Previously known as ADD Academy Singapore, MOVE Academy Singapore was created with the aim of sharing the experience of the Yamakasi founders. 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.
Directly inspired by the Yamakasi training methods, each of our coaches are trained by the founders of the discipline, and regularly study and practise with them. This method of training aids practitioners in the mastery of both body and mind, and ultimately redefine their perspective of their daily environment.
The programme is adapted to all levels of fitness, regardless of background, age and gender.
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 lead ADD workshops and trainings in France 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 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 Origins.
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.
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. Regardless of age, gender or background, we can all grow and improve mobility and functionality at our own pace.
Be strong to be useful
Beyond the fun 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 the society around us.
We start together, we finish together
Training is as much a team 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 a helping hand is always extended to make sure everybody finishes what they started.
Strong body, strong mind
Strengthening the body is one thing but building the mind is what will truly have an impact on our daily lives. The resilience to overcome mental obstacles is a skill that we can use more often than overcoming physical barriers.