The Yamakasi group was created in 1997 by former members David Belle, Sébastien Foucan, Yann Hnautra, Charles Perrière, Malik Diouf, Guylain N’Guba-Boyeke, Châu Belle Dinh, Williams Belle. The group was later disbanded. David Belle, Sébastien Foucan and other practitioners split due to disagreement over the definition of l’art du déplacement and money. After one year the group was recreated without David Belle, Sébastien Foucan and other practitioners, but with Laurent Piemontesi, Châu, Williams and Yann.
It has continued since then with the Yamakasi choosing to practice what they call l’art du déplacement, which differs from parkour.