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Urban Movement Interview - Stephen Nevins

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Stephen Nevins
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 a practicioner of parkour for about 6 years, but I've been moving like this for a lot longer.

Q: How did you get started?
A: I started young, I was always fascinated by the complex movements of acrobats and superheroes, so as a child I would mimic them. I took those movements I learned later and actually used them to traverse my environment. It earned me many strange looks in high school. It wasn't until I was twenty one that I saw an article on parkour and was riveted that others moved like I do! So I eventually found Texas Parkour in Austin and started my training with them.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I have a lot of influences, mainly from the community. It's such an amazing melting pot of knowledge and inspiration. Of course the founders play a big part; their approach to life is not only physical, but it can be applied to so much more.

Q: How often do you train?
A: I currently train three times a week. I would do more, but life can be tricky to schedule. It usually consists of conditioning, skill building, and breaking at least one jump.

Q: How do you deal with the fear experienced while training?
A: Haha.. that's an interesting question. I tend to think of a friend that visits you in your time of need, a support when you ave to make a tough decision. So when I have fear I listen to what it has to tell me and take a moment to determine if the I am capable of following through with this choice or not. If I believe I am fully capable and can truly commit...I go for it.

Q: What do you do when you're not out training (or thinking about) parkour?
A: I am a full time Chef for a corporate kitchen. I love to cook and create art for other people. I also like the disciplinary factor of it as well. I also enjoy combative arts such as sword fighting and sparring. Other than that I tend to read a lot of books...and I mean A LOT!!

Q: What foods can you not live without?
A: ALL OF THEM!! Food has SO many possibilities! If I miss out on a new flavor then how would I know if I like it?

Q: What kind of shoes do you train in?
A: I currently use the Parkour Generations "Success". They don't allow room for error when it comes to wall runs so I like that it forces me to perfect my form.

Q: How do you explain parkour to people who don't know much about it?
A: I tell them that it is a discipline of movement where one uses their body to traverse and navigate their environment.

Q: Parting words for the new practitioner?
A: The small details lead to the better movements. It's hard to see all the big jumps and not think "When am I gonna be that good?". The truth is only through the small and simple movements will you unlock your potential to greater heights...literally.

Click here to read Stephen's bio on the team page.

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