Coach, Urban Movement
A.D.A.P.T. (Parkour) Level 1
Q: How long have you been practicing Parkour / Art du Deplacement?
A: I've been training for about 4 1/2 years now. Prior to that I studied Taekwondo and ran Cross Country.
Q: How did you get started?
A: About 6 years ago I saw a video online with some guys doing awesome movements, but it wasn't until 2 years later when I saw it on tv again and decided to do some research on it, luckily I stumbled upon the Houston parkour community.
Q: Who are your influences?
A: I feel like the Urban Movement community is a big influence, just seeing all sorts of people with the same interest willing to learn and teach the Art of Movement is really awesome. The Yamakasi, Parkour Generations, and just about everyone I get a chance to train with are a positive influence in my training.
Q: How often do you train?
A: I train about 3 to 5 days a week but even when i'm not training I feel like I utilize the movements in just about everything I do.
Q: How do you deal with the fear experienced while training?
A: I usually take a step back and take a look at whatever i'm about to do from a far. I like to examine everything first (distance,grip,space,etc.) and i'll take a few practice runs at it. Usually if I look at a jump and think to myself that I can make it but i'm afraid, then I know I have the skills for it I just have to have the right mindset.
Q: What do you do when you're not out training (or thinking about) parkour?
A: When i'm not at work I like to spend time with family and friends.
Q: What foods can you not live without?
A: I like to eat just about everything but I especially love vietnamese food.
Q: What kind of shoes do you train in?
A: I've trained in about 4 or 5 pairs of shoes but the first shoes I ever trained in were the K-swiss Ariakes and I guess I got attached to them since I still where them now.
Q: How do you explain parkour to people who don't know much about it?
A: Thats always difficult to explain but I like to describe it as a physical discipline that teaches us how to move efficiently in any environment using only our body. Then I like to describe a few movements such as crawling,jumping,climbing,etc.
Q: Parting words for the new practitioner?
A: Practice good technique every time you train, even if you already know how to do a certain movement. By practicing improper form you can pick up bad habits with all your other movements and risk injury. Plus, your movements will have more flow in them which in my eyes make the movements appear as awesome as they are!