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I’m still alive.

Still training Parkour, still moving, still working out. Regularly taking photography and on occasion filming adding to the ever expanding collection.

Apart from all of that. I’m really, REALLY behind with these blog entries. In fact so much so with the backlog, I am over a year behind with them!

Updates to happen as and when general life permits.

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Parkour & GO.

 

People had made it clear, that it was time for more exploration jams within Nottingham. Some were up for doing just that, this weekend. With Highfields being a desired location, seeing as that was a recent place of training. With that, I created an event for the day. I wasn’t that bothered about meeting people in town first, as that would be a long slog for myself. It was quicker to get there of my own accord, I had put step by step instructions on how to get there via all modes of transport. James felt that was a bit unfair to people that were still unsure, or couldn’t understand the instructions of how to get there. I had covered ALL the possible ways to get there and how, it was up to the others attending to make their own way there and meet up with people on the way if needs be. It’s not like they’re all kids any more and needed a chaperone for a trip…

I was unsure how I was getting there myself now. I had hoped to get a lift from Adam, but he was meeting others in town first now and going via tram earlier than the meet up time. I could have gone via bus, but that would take ages, meaning I would have to be going into and out of town. Another route, which was the more direct and easier way there didn’t have a bus from mine. In the end I did manage to get a lift to QMC, only to find the bridge over the motorway was closed! Since when?! I had to walk the long way around and through the university campus, doing a few jumps on my way to kill the time. The others had bumped into Daniel Bunkle and a few others who were out in Nottingham for the ‘Fearless Jam’ organised by Jack Cobb. Which seemed like it was to be a bit of a shambles, organization wise and I’m not too sure how it would go day wise. Annoyingly it was on the same day, we had chosen to venture.

 

Highfields © JamesAllenVisuals.

 

As I arrived at the meet up point, there was no one to be seen. How on earth did this happen? I was a tad later than expected and everyone else should have been there long before I was, due to meeting in town an hour and half before the meet time. The few people who were sat on the grass bank sunning, looked at me oddly while I jumped around on the edge of the tall walls beside the lake, waiting for everyone else to arrive. Derby Tom of all people had arrived first. He always seemed to be out on these adventure days, which I’m sure is only coincidental, but we never seem to see him any other time. The rest of the guys did finally arrive, they were late due to waiting on others in town and had mentioned that Femi wanted them to wait for him too, as he was running late. They obviously didn’t and I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t have either with him ALWAYS being hours later! #blacktime

I was unsure what to practise, instead opting to eat while the others warmed up. Some of the guys at one side were jumping to the steps from a wall, going up a step each time. A tree branch seemed to be hampering them and so I decided to break it down. The tree was dead anyway and it allowed more space to precision to the steps further up. Pete and James said to not destroy the tree and stop, as there was no need and it makes us seem like vandals. I wouldn’t have done it, let alone been able to if the tree was still healthy! Continue reading ‘Parkour & GO.’

Rock Bottom.

 

It looked as if it was going to be another great weekend of training, though that had quickly changed when many had bailed due to possible rain, then it didn’t. I don’t blame them, the weather hadn’t been the best in previous times. Kezza said he was definitely out, he says that most weekends though. As predicted, he soon changed his mind just before I left, when he said he had gone out and it was raining in Hucknall so wouldn’t be out, along with other random bullshit… Funny, because I’m sure he said he was a 100% out as it was his last before he went on holiday. Classic, flaky Kezza! I found it strange to arrive at Plaza to find no one there, only James who was arriving at the same time as myself. Thankfully, followed by Ben, Adam, Phil and then Pete arrived to bulk up the training party, even if there was much talk about (ugh) Pokemon GO while warming up their mouths rather than their bodies…

Next people had moved over to the Atrium area and I complained about how boring it was there and that we never move to other places these days. Phil and James said go over and train at Plaza then! So to their surprise, that is exactly what I did with Adam joining me who too wanted to train there for once. It wasn’t long before David arrived, then we drilled some kong precisions before we decided to move elsewhere. We ended up taking a long walk to a park not too far from the Arboretum and a grave yard (Portland Park) though it had started to spot with rain as we arrived! It seemed like the day might get worse, luckily the rain did pass. I had already grown tired of the area, as most of the things I had wanted to do I had achieved on previous visits.

 

Atrium.

 

David and myself looked at a kong precision from one of the barriers that surrounded the area, a metal rail which wasn’t too nice a grip as the top was a square, not round. The landing was onto a small wooden wall, I gave it a go and surprisingly, the run up wasn’t too bad even with the high curb before you vaulted the fence. Yet, I still fell short landing it. David got his toes curled on the wood and then landed on it! The more I tried through grit, I got closer and then kept bouncing it but couldn’t get enough distance to land on it, no matter how much I tried and filmed it too. Another thing which made it even worse was when I watched David do it, as smooth as it was, was when he grabbed the rail, as he would place his whole palm on the top of the rail, with the possibility of them sliding over! It didn’t half make me cringe and shudder as I preferred to grab the wall to ensure I didn’t slip.

A bin precision was the next thing to be trained, after being pointed out by others wanting to do it. It seemed once one person had done it, everyone else followed suit… Well, apart from James who was having problems with it. Feeling the frustration of not being able to take off for the jump whether it be mentally or physically which held him back. We gave various advice to try and trick his mind and body into letting him do it. There were lots of moans and excuses about the jump and how it was impossible to do. Continue reading ‘Rock Bottom.’

Raw #14

The fourteenth instalment of my RAW video series. Some of the early clips were merged from another training sessions [1] [2] as I hadn’t really been filming that much for a video. I had been storing them up to use, but didn’t film enough to justify a RAW video of that day. I know in previous blogs some ‘future’ releases of RAW have been added. This is due to being so behind with them. Stored up with the footage and edited, long before a descriptive, detailed analysis of the video have been posted like this one.

I’m still enjoying making them though and jumping around. The run along the thin window ledge, may look simple and yet it is so difficult to do and I’m not overly fond of how it looks video wise, due to it doing it no justice. Some of the Audo stuff, feels creative and was something different and years down the line they will no doubt be enhanced further. Like that kong plant to running stride precision.

 

 


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