David Richard Thompson

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PARKOUR

AUTHOR

Singer/Songwriter

ACTOR

FILM & TELEVISION

David Richard Thompson

HUMANITARIAN

PARKOUR

AUTHOR

Singer/Songwriter

ACTOR

FILM & TELEVISION

David (Da’ud) Richard Thompson

Hello from me!  First, the name.  People always ask me, “Is Da’ud your nickname?”  The answer to that is, “No, it is not my nickname.  It is my name.”  I was born in Beirut, Lebanon and my birth certificate is in Arabic on the right side and in English on the left side.  On the right side is my name xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx in Arabic and it is “Da’ud Rachid Thompson”.  My father called me “Da’ud” from the day I  was born until the day he died.  All his friends called me “Da’ud” and he always introduced me as “Da’ud”  In the Arab world what did all his friends call him?  “Abu Da’ud”, or “Father of Da’ud”.  He introduced me to all his friends as “Da’ud” and that’s what they called me too.  That is the way it was.  That is how I grew up.  

 

On the left side of my birth certificate is all my birth information in English.  My name was filled in as “David Richard Thompson”.   My mother had told my father that he could name me “Da’ud Rachid” if she could name me “David Richard” in English but she would call me “Ricky”!  That never happened!  Thankfully!  As far as I know she never called me “Ricky” or maybe it lasted for a week or so because from my earliest memory she called me “David” and until the day she died she called me “David”.  She introduced me as “David” and wrote all letters and cards to me as “Dear David”.   So I have two first names and that’s how it happened.

About Me

I’m the co-founder of the Non-Profit 501c3 International Parkour Federation (IPF), the for-profit World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), and USA Parkour.  I am the founder and chairman of the IPF “Peace Through Parkour” Global Education Initiative.  At my core I consider myself an entrepreneur and an artist.  I’ve always been a curious person, love to learn new things, love to try to be the renaissance man that I’ve always read about in the history books. Throughout my lifetime I’ve worked in the following areas:

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I also produced fashion and celebrity photo shoots as one of my day jobs while I was pursuing an acting and music career.  I got to work with the world’s top photographers, fashion brands, models, stars, and celebrities.  I was in the right place at the right time and I speak French so that clinched it.  I scolded Madonna once (gently, it just slipped out!) because she was late and didn’t call ahead. Elizabeth Taylor told me I had beautiful eyes!

If you’d like to purchase Parkour gear from our store or help to support are “Peace Through Parkour” Global Education Initiative by buying an item (the items that support that initiative are indicated) then click here:

https://wfpfparkourgear.com

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“Peace Through Parkour” Global Education Initiative

David is the co-founder and Secretary General of the 501c3 non-profit organization International Parkour Federation (IPF) and founder of its “Peace Through Parkour” Global Education Initiative.  This initiative focuses on providing support, mentoring, and funding to those Parkour athletes in conflict zones around the world.  This also includes a big effort to help Parkour athletes who are refugees or displaced and those Parkour athletes who work with displaced people.  David is currently working to build an education and skills training school in Athens, Greece.  It will include Parkour training as well, of course, because by overcoming physical obstacles in life (like the parkour blocks and walls) you can learn to overcome other “life” obstacles.  

 

The program is up and running with very limited funds at the moment and is being run by an Afghan Parkour athlete refugee who David has mentored for many years. Funds are urgently needed to sustain the program with future plans to rent a space, pay teachers, and buy supplies. 

On the grass roots level, David organizes and supplies funds for housing and food for at-risk Parkour athletes and sometimes for their family members.  He does this through IPF- International Parkour Federation, but when there is not money for that through IPF, he reaches into his pocket and makes it happen.  He writes letters on their behalf to help them connect with opportunities, provides money for their expenses, provides emotional support and advice, and tries to give them tools which will help them build a future life for themselves.  David has worked to help athletes in this manner in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Kashmir, Gaza, Kenya, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. 

 

Do you want to get involved?  Reach out to David. 

 

To donate:  InternationalParkourFederation.org

 

International Parkour Federation is registered with Guidestar:

 

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/47-2944977

Peace Through Parkour Greece- KHAIR- Afghanistan to Greece
Peace Through Parkour Greece- KHAIR- Afghanistan to Greece

David also serves as a volunteer and also on the board of Second Families SecondFamiliesSD.org which helps resettle refugees in Southern California. 

Parkour

David is Co-Founder/President of the for-profit company World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), Co-Founder/Secretary General of 501c3 non-profit International Parkour Federation (IPF), Co-Founder/Senior Advisor of USA Parkour, Ruff Magic Entertainment, Creator & Executive Producer WorldParkourChampionship.com , Board Member IPTC (International Professional Training Certification), Board Member USA Sports Council, Co-Executive Producer MTV’s ULTIMATE PARKOUR CHALLENGE.  David’s focus with IPF and WFPF is building national federation governing bodies in countries around the world and promoting Parkour education, safety, and good will.

David created IPF’s #PeaceThroughParkour Global Education Initiative.  IPF is a member of  Guidestar.org :

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/47-2944977

 

To donate to IPF and/or the IPF Peace Through Parkour Global Education Initiative, go to:  InternationalParkourFederation.org

Some of David’s WFPF Parkour productions along with amazing business colleague and crew and athletes:

 

WFPF / IPF International Parkour World Championship “Jump Off” Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas 2017
A global campaign that WFPF produced for American Eagle Outfitters:
WFPF (World Freerunning Parkour Federation) Splash Reel
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David has just completed a Parkour themed children’s book and accompanying original children’s album entitled “Parkour Power Tots” with illustrations by Molly Brandenburg. Links coming soon so you can buy it!

He is also currently writing a magical memoir of his experiences growing up, living in Morocco, and other experiences, called “Searching for El-Kabira”.  Release date TBD. 

MUSICIAN (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

His original song “Slave to the Beautiful One” is on all music platforms under the artist name of “Da’ud” in both the American version and the World global version which was partly recorded in Morocco with members of the Moroccan national orchestra.  

 

Writer of all original songs and Performer on “Parkour Power Tots” Children’s album which accompanies his children’s book by the same name. 

 

I call this the rough “IPhone while in Ohio recording” of the song “Our Things”.  I’m currently working on more “formal” versions of all songs. 

 

David has sung in the Hollywood, California based “National In-Choir” Christmas Choir for many years. 

ACTOR

In 2022 David decided to re-enter the acting world.  He has acted since he was a child but took a break since 2009 when he launched the MTV series “MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge” and the World Freerunning Parkour Federation.  Stay tuned for updates!

On television, David has played the love interest of Jenna Elfman and Peri Gilpin, was killed off by Eric Stoltz in a tearjerker scene in Roger Avary and Quentin Tarantino's "Killing Zoe", and played opposite Geena Davis (with their bows and arrows) in a national commercial for TD Waterhouse. He also was a founding member of the Los Angeles based sketch comedy group "Unprotected Six", a group which consisted of him and five women, which also included actresses Maria Russell and Diana Yanez.

He started acting as a child and early acting highlights include playing "Linus" in the school musical in grade school, and performing in school performances in Rabat, Morocco and in Community Theatre in Amman, Jordan. One of his most memorable moments from these years was when King Hussein of Jordan attended his performance of "The Girl in The Freudian Slip" in Amman, Jordan and came backstage afterwards to specifically congratulate David on his comedic acumen. Of course David knew that the king, who was sitting in plain sight in the front row and laughing, was in attendance! David was just 16 years old at the time.

FILM & TELEVISION
Co-Creator, Co- Executive Producer, Co-Producer, Co-Writer “World Parkour Championship”
World Parkour Championship 2018, Mardin, Turkey

Winner! “STARFISH” Best Documentary Elevate Film Festival.  A film by David Richard Thompson.  

 

David’s film “Starfish” won the Elevate 48 Hour Film Festival for Best Documentary. All film entries are produced, filmed, edited, and screened in a 48 hour period. 

FOOD

David is a FOODIE!  Coming soon!

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