Coach, Urban Movement
A.D.A.P.T. (Parkour) Level 1
Q: How long have you been practicing Parkour / Art du Deplacement?
A: I have been training for two and a half years now. I have always moved in this way since I was a little kid, but never really had a “unified method” to study. Parkour has given me the chance to harness my innate abilities and bring them to a level that allows for greater creativity in my movement, which in turn, leaves me much more satisfied than when I used to just throw myself around for fun.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I had always been looking for something like this. I did floor tumbling, I skated, I did stunts… but none of it really was exactly what I was looking for. After a few years of marriage I decided to get in shape and had heard parkour would be perfect for me. So I searched “Parkour Houston” online and I found Urban Movement. I attended my first ever Parkour event, the Laurent Piemontesi workshop of 2011. I was hooked immediately.
Q: Who are your influences?
A: Just about everybody in the Parkour Community. The reason I was hooked from my first event was the absolute camaraderie emanating from the group. The fact that everyone was welcome and willing to help a newcomer with any questions blew me away. I used to skate, and people who skate tend to be very cliquey. You’re either in the circle or you aren’t. With the parkour community, I instantly felt welcomed and never felt that I was being judged or looked down on just because I had first started.
Q: How often do you train?
A: I personally don’t have a very rigorous training schedule. I should. But I don’t. On my days off from work I like to go out and “play” as I like to call it. I unfortunately don’t do many hardcore conditioning days anymore, but I should get back on it.
Q: How do you deal with the fear experienced while training?
A: I usually step back, eye it down, and take a deep breath. Then I go. I either make it or I don’t. It’s important to remember that when you stick to the training and take it seriously, you have all the tools to make it AND to bail it. The important part is to know you’re going to make it, but analyze the situation and have a backup plan if you need to bail.
Q: What do you do when you're not out training (or thinking about) parkour?
A: I am a Kitchen Manager and a new father. My plate is plenty full when I’m not out training. But, the ideals and practices I've learned in parkour have helped me improve in every facet of my life.
Q: What foods can you not live without?
A: Sushi. And Steak. Burgers too. I'm a food person. I love to eat anything and everything you could possibly put in front of me.
Q: What kind of shoes do you train in?
A: Right now I’m immensely enjoying a new brand I found online called Skora’s. They're kind of pricey but they are extremely comfortable, light, and flexible. I started out in the Feiyues, which are nice because they’re cheap and great for training, but with the intensity of training, I had to order a new pair every month to keep up.
Q: How do you explain parkour to people who don't know much about it?
A: I normally start with “have you seen those guys jumping around on stuff..?” Most people are satisfied with that. It’s anyone who wants more info after that that I really hit with the background, ideals and purpose. Somewhat like Cathy, I tend to talk myself in circles a lot of the time with this one.
Q: Parting words for the new practitioner?
A: TECHNIQUE! Seriously guys this is what I try to beat into every practitioners head. Everyone wants to run out and do a big jump or lache 18 times in a row, but doing it right is something completely different.
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