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.
I am working on developing more sustainability in my movement practice and training. I am trying to work through a chronic injury or at least learn to work around it better. I am also trying to learn patience with this, reminding myself that I have my whole life to train…if I maintain myself well. I am continuing to develop the foundation for a lifetime of movement, training, and playing. I am learning to balance training and recovery and my individual recipe for self-care that will hopefully sustain my ability to use my body the way I want to. I am learning to listen to the subtle cues when my body is asking for something and then make accommodations for this. It is frustrating to feel limited, but the limitations wax and wane and I learn that my body is different from one day to the next. Its needs are different from one moment to the next, but if I listen well and I adapt as necessary then I am able to continue moving along as intended. I used to see (or hope that) progress was a forward projection, but I’m realizing more and more that progress is not linear and that challenge has many forms. When I adapt to receive both the ebbs and the flows more gracefully I better align myself with my goals, in spite of any set backs. It is all part of the same path. I have to remind myself to be grateful for all of my vast capabilities and not be so hard on myself for the areas where there is still much room for growth. With the proper approach I have the opportunity to experience anything I want to. I am trying to create an enlivening and worthwhile experience in the way I use/experience my body- a lifelong and sustainable experience.
I’ve been spending a lot of time rock climbing, but I’ve also been applying that to my training outside. Climbing has changed how I see a spot. I was out training, and went to this cool spot, it was an old dilapidated building, and the first thing I see and immediately latched onto was this sketchy rusty, little tiny brick ledge. I was like, I need to do a cat leap to that and build a route around it.
Right now, I’m in a reflective period with my training. I’ve had a huge goal of working towards my ADAPT level two certification, which has been a three year process that I’ve been working towards, since 2013. I finally achieved that last June. I took the summer to rest and play. I took a step back from intense physical and mental training being my main focus. I worked on a couple of non parkour related side projects. My movement has been focused on fun, play, and enjoying movement rather than focusing on any specific technical aspect.
Now I’ve taken that four to six months to relax and enjoy movement, I’m swinging back into winter. It’s time to turn up the dial again. I must get strong, I must get better, I must jump further, higher, faster. Now I’m going to swing back into a sort of more intense training regime for the winter.
I haven’t really figured out what tack that’s going to take yet, or what specific goals I want to set for myself. I know my goal for this winter is just, train hard again, you know, filling any voids in my whole body strength and mobility.
I am Soooo weak. I have been building for a year every day. now that i finally have a gym I’m focusing on getting back into shape.
I’m focusing on creating a functional set of parkour programming focusing on psychology instead of a movement progression. I’m working hard on creating new innovative parkour builds. On the scale of large gym/park space, And on the scale of small, repeatable, modular obstacles. Also working on uping the standard of parkour builds nation wide. Currently working on a way to help standardize marketing for other parkour groups.
I’m a pretty abrasive douche. some people get along GREAT with me and love my straight forward blunt style. So normally when i meet people they either love me or hate me. Both in extremes. Though I’m fine with being hated, I don’t know when I’m hated a lot of the time. so that sucks. I need to know, ya know? Also I would like to be able to control it if I choose. currently since I don’t always know who I’m offending, I don’t know WHEN I’m offending.
I am working on fluidity, strength and acrobatics, things I have little confidence with and I definitely want to improve on.
For some reason I think that as long as you have a corkscrew on concrete you wouldn’t be scared of anything else. Acro for me has always been a huge fear so working on some acro and connecting it with flow.
Endurance. I never enjoyed long distance running and my training was always quick, repeated movements. I’m working on being able to do Parkour techniques while very tired.
I am working on
– how to graduate college.
– improving myself.
– my movement.
At any time I have at least a dozen or so projects I am actively engaged in–from playground design and architectural work to program & event organization. During the 2016 summer, some key projects include:
– Art of Retreat event organization
– Womens Ntl Gathering organization
– Design & construction of several playgrounds in NYC
– Movement Game Library curation
– Research for my book!
In my personal practice though, I am working on mindfulness in my movement, including exploring movement as a tool for meditation.