#62 – Team Hex.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Today was one of those days which was short in time but very intense training wise, it was a long four hours of hardcore Parkour. We had met at half past one and then got straight into training, like we did each of our weekday training sessions. A small session at gray walls, a brief chat and joking around before we were warm and got into our stride and then we went on the hunt to find more new locations and movements to be conquered, destroying our bodies in the process. Muscle pain would be at an all time high tomorrow morning and the following days that proceeded, the sun was shining and it was feeling more like a summer’s day rather than the actual autumn, October afternoon! We walked down to the university and took a detour to a tree we had come across while walking to an area. It had a branch which reached across and over a fence, we joked about it being a possible lache type movement before taking a proper look at it. Sark had decided he might try and speed vault over the fence by dong a tic tac off the tree which seemed an option only for him to say instead he might just jump at it from the mud slope. We watched in anticipation as Sark ran towards the fence, jumped and managed to land on top of the fence but not speed vault over it with grace, instead one of his trainers slipped along the fence while the other leg slammed into it as he flopped over the other side of it, breaking some of the top of the fence in the process. Myself and Flip burst out laughing at what we had just witnessed before seeing Sark pop up from the other side to tell us he was okay, when asked if he would try it again, he wasn’t even sure how he had managed to do what he did and decided it was the last time of trying it, that’s for sure.

The fence was high and it seemed impossible to get that sort of height from jumping off the mud slope which even though dry was getting muddier the more we trampled on it. Sark was first to say he will achieve greatness by owning this tree lache and showing me and Flip how it’s done! After his first bail I don’t think I could take another comical one, my abs still ached from laughing. Sark ran along the slope towards the tree jumping for the branch, his body slamming into the fence, legs scraping on the top as it looked like he wouldn’t let go of the branch but was too late to come back now and so he bounced off the fence and over, it was the funniest thing I had seen in a long time and never mind him trying to go over the fence he had nearly taken it with him! We all gave this strange lache movement a go, it was strange and felt like you would not make it and had to tuck for a short while before kicking out with the legs to clear the fence and get over. If you didn’t have the bottle to go over and instead stay holding on to the branch you would slam into the fence, people walking by would stop and be fascinated to what we were doing. In the end after getting comfortable with the movement, we got some photos of it.

Flip would easily kick up towards the tree above forming a V like shape as he hoisted over the fence. Sark put it down to being the smaller one as to why he couldn’t get enough height and would occasionally just scrap over the fence. Who would have thought something as simple as a singular tree would bring so much laughter and fun to three guys. We spent a good thirty minutes throwing ourselves up and over the fence countless times, taking photos, failing or achieving the movement. Even if my camera did seem to be on the fritz again causing most of my shots to be blurred when checking through them. It was really annoying to try and recreate those same images again and try to work out what was wrong with my stupid camera, I really did feel like it was broken as no matter how hard I tried it wouldn’t focus on anything at all. Even taking the batteries out and putting back in did nothing, it looked as if it had condensation in the inner screen and lens, when I finally got it to focus again it felt like a blessing and was awesome to see things come back into focus much like how a person feels when they put on some glasses to be able to see clearly. I experimented with some artistic shots as did Flip who got some nice shots of us doing the tree lache movement, focusing more on the tree, fence and other smaller objects.

 

Sark – Kong.

 

I was out in my new Npk t-shirt (seen in the photos) I had designed and was really pleased with this design than the others I had created so far. Myself, Flip and Sark spoke about the possibility of creating a team together seeing as we were the eldest and had been training the longest, we wanted something more from our training. We already trained in the week together, and at a time when people wanted a team or group to look up to we thought it might be a great idea to do. All we needed now was to come up with a name for the possible team, the next step would be who to select for it and how many? The final step would be a website and getting videos of the group sorted as well as clothing further down the line. We agreed once we had a name we should all come up with website designs and see which one we should use, the same for logos too. One of those names we had come up with and liked was Team Hex. A shape with side sides, so it would seem fitting that we should have six members for it. For now though it was but a pipe dream and we carried on with our training but agreed we would speak more in depth about this idea at future training sessions and online to get our ideas created.

We moved down to the Premier Inn across from Orange Walls and Trent University where I was talking about how I had jammed here the other day with some others and that it was a good kong to try, what with the drop. Myself and Flip gave it a go and enjoyed the airtime it gave us. Sark however, landed like an elephant in a stampede and we joked about how heavy the impact was to take and how loud they sounded without rolling in the area due to the echo. Sark seemed to do a kind of cross vault over the wall (seen in the above image) rather than doing a straight through the arms kong for some reason, maybe due to fear? We pondered on where else we should train today and then had the idea to walk all the way over to the ice stadium area to check out the location we scouted the other week might be a nice idea. Once there I took some photos of the area, portraits and movements. It was a small area, which had some big moves to be done, all in full view of the residents who lived here though. One thing which was annoying me in this area today was when I kept landing the small catleap sideways like Jan does, or Sark at times. I have no idea why I do it as I’m not afraid of it, but it’s fast becoming a habit I need to break and yet I’m finding it very hard to correct!  We did some double cat leaps and precision jumps for fun which came out nicely as photos. The area was great for taking photos and felt fresh due to not having seen it all the time unlike some areas of Nottingham such as UN and Gray Walls to name a couple.

Sark pointed out we should try and tic tac off the sandy cliff thing to a nearby wall in catleap. This was great fun to try and a bit of a challenge for me as I can never get a decent amount of push from doing tic tacs and instead absorb all the force into the object I used to push off. What made it worse is the cliff would at times crumble away as you put pressure on it for the tic tac which caused you to flail in the air like some sort of jig of a dance, as we all experienced at some time or another throughout the day. The other problem with this movement was the roofing, which every time we grabbed it would made a loud thud, echoing in the area and felt like it would come off in our hands. We aimed to grab the small brickwork below which was sturdy and not going anywhere, even though it was dusty and slippery when trying to stick the catleap. While getting photos of this move Sark hid out of view while I did the tic tac, only for him to run in shot and photo bomb with a trolling pose as I did the move. This started a bit of a photo bomb war and we ended up trying to do it to each other every single shot, which wound me up no end! I liked my shots to be perfect and empty without things going off in the background. Not only did we photo bomb, but then we started to cough or make silly noises before someone did a move to put each other off or laugh, being unable to do a move. We had to in the end agree to stop this madness or we wouldn’t get any real training done at all.

 

Sark – Tic Tac Cat.

 

Around the corner was yet more tic tac fun, though this time we were kicking off a wall (seen in above image) which sounded hollow and that the residence might be able to hear. Sark got creative with 270 and 360º tic tacs and double taps off the window ledge to the wall. It was good to see and try all these crazy movements and I have no idea what goes through Sark’s mind with all these spinning movements. I guess all the multiple banging off the walls in this rather quiet area made the residents wonder what is going off. It wasn’t too long before someone shouted through the above window to stop the banging and leave the area. At this point we decided to do a few more downward precision jumps before leaving to find somewhere new to train, we had had or fun for today here and with all the tic tacs and double taps.

We took a walk across the road and through the BBC building area, it looked nice for training at first glance and had two long low walls which split off and curved (perfect for double kong movements) something which we didn’t have anything of to practice, apart from gray walls which wasn’t two walls nor was it long enough to do more than a double tap kong. Diving kongs are something I really need to get to grips with because while others dive and arch their back I tend to reach towards the object remaining straight, which hampers my distance and overall kong, causing me most times to come out uneven or sideways. Flip was doing some monster diving kong and it looked more like he was doing a downwards kong or a handstand when he was coming out of them, he was also able to delay them too. While we were jumping we had one of the people from the radio pop out and talk to us about what it is we were doing and said it would be cool to do a interview broadcast about it sometime if we wanted too. It would be cool to have a broadcast and some more positive publicity on Parkour and Npk. Sark and Flip spoke to the person and exchanged details.

We walked over to another Premier Inn where we found a nice kong with a drop onto grass, only the rail was wobbly as anything and very high which made me more worried about clipping my feet. I got a few images of Flip and Sark doing the kong though, and the area looked really nice, being next to the canal. While we were practising some downward precisions to a rock from the same rail and wall a member of the Premier Inn staff came out telling us off and how we cannot do that stuff here and will have to leave the area or the police will be called. We didn’t want to leave right away and get a few more images and so moved down a bit before returning for a few final shots and moving back over to the BBC building. I was trying to commit to a big precision jump, with not much luck and kept craning it or putting my leg down on the floor. After so long I ended up pulling my groin and then decided to give in after bouncing off the precision, it had been a fantastic day of training and so much had been done in such a short space of time. There had been lots of mental barriers broken and the progression was as high as we were feeling from a great day. I was already feeling the burn in my muscles and knew it would only get worse the next few days. With that said, bring on the next time we are all out together and hopefully having an equally amazing day finding other new locations to train at.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Zade (Me) – Kong.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Catleap.

 

Zade (Me) – Catleap.

 

Zade (Me) – Catleap.

 

Flip & Sark – Portrait.

 

Sark – Diving Kong.

 

Sark – Kong.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

Flip – Lache.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Sark – Lache.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Sark – Lache.

 

Sark – Lache.

 

Flip – Lache.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Flip – Lache.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Zade (Me) – Lache.

 

Flip – Kong.

 

Flip – Kong.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Sark – Catleap.

 

Sark – Catleap.

 

Flip & Sark – Catleap.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

Flip – Precision.

 

Flip & Zade (Me) – Precisions.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Flip & Zade (Me) – Precisions.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Tic Tac Cat.

 

Sark – Tic Tac Cat.

 

Sark – Tic Tac Cat.

 

Sark – Tic Tac Cat.

 

Zade (Me) – Tic Tac Cat.

 

Sark – Tic Tac 270º Cat.

 

Flip – Double Tap.

 

Sark – Tic Tac 270º Cat.

 

Sark – Tic Tac 270º Cat.

 

Sark – Tic Tac 270º Cat.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

Flip & Zade (Me) – Precisions.

 

Zade (Me) – Diving Kong.

 

Flip – Diving Kong.

 

Sark – Dash Vault.

 

Flip – Kong.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

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