How did your training begin?

My training began when I was 15/16 years old during a summer in California in 2010/2011. I had been looking up stuff about parkour and bodyweight training before I actually started moving/training. I was exposed to parkour by the game Assassin’s Creed. It was the first time I know of the word “parkour” and became interested in it.

My first actual training day consisted of only precision jumps because I do not have a place to do vaults. I did a lot of research first and watched a lot of tutorials (i.e. Jesse LaFlair’s famous tutorials) before my first actual training day.

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How has your practice affected your life?

To know how my practice affected my life, I need to tell you first how my life was before I started doing parkour.

As a kid, I was active and liked to run and be all around the place. In my teenage years, I like to play computer games. I like it so much that it is all I do. I play until 4 a.m. during summer vacations and I wake up around 4 p.m. everyday. I was like that for 3-4 years. I was a skinny, weak kid who played video games all throughout the day.

Now, I am a lot stronger physically and mentally than before. I have a lean body. Parkour made me see a path that I should follow whereas before, I did not care much about the future. I stopped playing video games and made me realized that “the time spent on playing video games would be a complete waste because you will not gain anything from it besides entertainment. If you spend the time instead on physical activities such as parkour, your body will be stronger and you will carry that improvement in other things and in the future.” My interests were widened. My mind became open to other things. I have met many friends through parkour.

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Who are you?

I am someone who wants everyone to realize that parkour is not something only the strong/athletic people can do but it is something that everyone did before as a kid. I want them to realize that parkour is natural, it is used by our ancestors to move. I am someone who encourages everyone to relearn how to move.

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