Three words to describe your practice?

Craig: All right. And of course, the final question is, can you describe your practice in three words?

Max: I was thinking of one earlier. Which I think [00:37:00] is pretty accurate, although I feel like it’s a dual edge. When I first started training, I would have said, “Jumping and thinking.” Is basically my entire training [crosstalk 00:37:12]

Craig: That’s three words. Jumping and thinking.

Max: And thinking. And “Thinking about jumping.” Those are kind of both my things. And then now, what I’ve been trying to get to is basically, “Jumping without thinking.” That’s kind of been the processes. It’s like, developing the habit, thinking about [00:37:30] it, analyzing it, tinkering with all the techniques. And then now at the point where you kind of just throw all that out the window and say, “All right. It’s all ingrained in my body. I’ve done fifty thousand, a hundred thousand repetitions. Now I just need to trust that it’s all there.” So … I guess those would be my … I guess that’s kind of like a nine word process, but … The evolution of my …

Craig: The evolution of getting down to, “jumping without thinking.”

Max: Yep. ‘Cause if you start there. You’re just going to fall [00:38:00] apart. That’s how you … That’s definitely how you fall apart as a human being. You just break immediately.

Craig: Terrific. Well, thank you Max Henry. We appreciate you time and energy today.

Max: Thank you, Craig. That was super fun.

What are you working on now?

I’m also working on a website about parkour myself. I eventually want to have a community like you do, but right now I’m mainly focused on creating informative and actionable content so that people can get into parkour and freerunning or improve their skill if they’re already a practitioner.

The aim of the site is to bring awareness to and teach parkour as well as inspire creative and mindful movement through cinematic freerunning videos. Other goals include spreading the love of the movement, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and breaking down the stereotype that parkour is a dangerous/reckless sport while showing that parkour is for everyone and practicing it can really change your life for the better.

Right now I post a new article every Wednesday and every now and then I add a video to compliment guides and tutorials. After a while, the site will be a source of information on all things parkour and freerunning, including resources to get started with the discipline. The end game is to have a community of JOEKAs (Just Overly Enthusiastic Kreative Acrobats) where openness, togetherness, and playfulness is encouraged as we all share, learn and grow together.

If you like you can take a look at the site.

Editor’s note: We don’t publish links inline. Readers will find Kamari’s project linked at the top of his contributor’s page.

004 – Interview with Caitlin Pontrella

Craig: Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Caitlin: I’m Caitlin Pontrella.

Craig: This is Parkour, They Said.

Caitlin Pontrella is an architectural designer and illustrator based in New York City. She is co-founder of The Movement Creative, a social enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of others through movement education and design. Caitlin directs The Art of Retreat, an annual education and leadership conference for Parkour, and the North American Women’s Parkour Gathering, an annual gathering [00:00:30] for women practitioners. Welcome, Caitlin.

Caitlin: Hi Craig.