#103 – Kongs, Dives, Doubles and the BBC.

 

Zade (Me) – Double Kong.

 

Myself, Sark, David, Pyro and Flip were out training today and we decided to start our training session away from the regular Saturday group and to break free and train the other side of the city for a change to keep things fresh and interesting, otherwise we would be stuck over at Gray Walls for most of the day and the same old areas… I wanted to check out the BBC building area again, which I had come across the other day while out with a few others but was too tired to try anything movement wise and so I just investigated the area for potential movements for another time. I don’t know why but on arriving in the wide open area, it felt like being in a new city, it looked so fresh and different, even some of the walls looked new. It looked amazing for photography and I couldn’t wait to shoot, it was also a very quiet and secluded area compared to our usual in public view training spots. There were two main walls in the area which were lower than what we are used too for such things as kong precisions, but for other movements like double kongs and diving kongs they were the perfect height, the distance between the two walls increased the further you walked down, though shrubbery and thorn bushes grew between the walls further down, limiting how far we could go without risking falling into it all.

Doubles are something I’ve been focusing more on and today those two walls were going to get double konged! It was very scary to get the guts to attempt one at first on the walls, I want to practise them lots, I knew I could do them. Since I have been practising more double kongs I wanted to give one a go here on the two perfect height walls, something which I hadn’t come across before. Most tried them on Gray Walls but the wall isn’t long enough to get a real push or dive and was more like a double tap kong if anything. The only problem with this area was the flooring which was littered with loose gravel which had been kicked up from the middle of the pathway and near the start of each wall making the run up slightly off putting for fear of slipping. We had to clear a pathway to the wall before hand or risk slipping off any of the walls during our take off or landing. I spent multiple times running up to the wall tapping and pushing lightly off the first wall, before getting the courage to go for the move. The first few tries I did of the double kong was a kong to side vault before getting more confident with them and allowing myself to come out through my arms. It felt amazing to get one down outside and have a place to practise them on a regular basis, the good thing about these walls were they got further apart so you could increase the distance the further down you went and so could progress the movement without having to jump from different extremes gap wise.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

As well as doing doubles we also practised running diving kongs over and off the first wall to the second, another movement I hated as much as kong precisions. Flip did some amazing dives and really arched his back, while I came out sideways like Sark did or I dived straight to the wall rather than getting any air time. David too had nice body positioning while in the air and Sark too dived nicely even if he did come out sideways like I did too. The running diving kongs were fun too, making it easier to dive due to the speed from the run, rather than trying the static same level kongs, which felt harsher on the wrist. On occasions some of us slipped on running up due to the gravel. Speaking of bails our hands slid along the walls at times which were really smooth, I remember Sark going for a either double speed or a diving kong and him missing the second wall completely, landing on the floor on his side. Please do excuse the hundreds of photos within this entry of the diving kongs, similar angles and movements due to it being a new area I got a bit carried away and couldn’t decide which images to cut, as I liked them all and so a bit majority of them all got uploaded.

We also tried some different moves like double speed vaults over the wall, which proved difficult as the second wall slightly dropped and the body would always want to land on the wall rather than go straight over it. We did give some kong precisions a go even though the wall was really low down, I could nail any and would land on the edge of the wall and have to bounce off. The ones I did get had no distance to them at all and felt horrible and landing scrunched up. While training in this area some of the BBC radio staff had pulled up to come back to the office and before going into the studio they came over to speak to us about what it was we were doing. Sark and Flip spoke to them and they seemed really interested in it all and this led to a future radio interview at a later date about the Parkour community within Nottingham and Mansfield. There were many funny shots, portraits and serious Parkour shots. Sark felt the need to blow some of the shots by photo bombing them [1] as you will have seen in the link provided and some of the highlighted images below. As people will know from training with me, I hate people being in my shots, or any form of photo bombing and blowing the shot, which people seem to find amusing and so try to do, especially Sark of late!

 

Flip – Precision.

 

We decided to walk to the Ice Arena to practice at the front of the area, but not before getting moved off as soon as we arrived by some security. Disheartened and with barely a few vaults done we decided to make our way to the Adams building and into the inner city centre areas to carry on our training. As we crossed the road Pyro mentioned that we should train that area behind the flats on Hollowstone Street, which had lots of stair ways and precision jumps to do. We hadn’t trained in that area since last year when we were training as Team Hex [2] and since then we very rarely ventured to that side of the city. Sure enough we took a look at this cliff precision jump Pyro had mentioned, we hadn’t tried it last time we were there and deemed it too scary and possibly too dangerous. The cliff was very sandy, mossy and the take off was crumbling away, horrible when you were stood at the edge of it. So it was best not to stand right at the edge for a take off and rock off it like you usually would with a wall, and instead had to take a few steps back from it for the precision jump. The jump itself was to the top of a doorway entrance to the flats which now looked possible to do. The landing on the roof was stable but the metal at the edge of the roof looked slippery and unstable, so you couldn’t jump and land on the edging and had to overshoot it to the main roof.

As always it seemed to be a battle of egos and penis size as we each stood at the edge sizing up the jump, all eager to be the first one to do the jump to be claimed victorious. I said I would do it, to which Ben said as always that I wouldn’t and if I did do it then so would he, whether he believed I would do it or not was another story… Great encouragement from a so called friend, which also really annoyed me rather spurred me on, but it always made me want to prove people wrong too. Phil was more than up for the jump as was Pyro who both agreed to do it too. I remember standing there gauging the jump, seeing myself doing it in my mind, knowing I could easily make the distance, but hating the take off. Worrying about what would happen if it crumbled, or broke away just as I jumped! Those terrible thoughts aside I remember when I did do the jump it felt incredible but the overshot landing was horrible and I had to put my hands on the wall in front to stop myself from slamming into the wall then hearing Sark and Phil asking how the jump and landing was and would I do it again?

 

Pyro – Portrait.

 

Being all of similar levels it was a good challenge because we all wanted to do the same movements or would try them gauged on how easy other people in our group found them. So if one of us struggled with a movement or they couldn’t do it will full power than there was no hope for the rest of us to do it either. Obviously we took into consideration we all had our own unique skills which the rest of us couldn’t do at all, or very well. Though we shouldn’t do this as one day there will be a time when we can’t all do the same exact things or someone becomes better at something, still it’s something we do amongst ourselves for a bit of a competitive element and the banter that goes with it. Phil did his precision jump to the roof with ease, even if he did worry a bit about the drop and gap like we all did when it was our turn. Pyro was more worried about it and did lots of preparation jumps on the surrounding walls with similar distance jumps and on the floor, I could tell Sark was worried as he wasn’t as confident with his jumping power as the rest of us.

One by one, everyone got the jump done and felt elated by it, even if the nerves and sweat was pouring before the jump over the gap. I remember Sark doing some sort of victory dance when he had completed the jump and nearly knocking himself out on the wall in the process. On one of the jumps Phil landed on the metal edging of the roof with a loud clank like he had broken it. We all got photos of the jump and some filming of it too. It was another movement in the bag and achieved, today was going very well indeed, progression was through the roof! It had been a great training session and my whole body was feeling the burden of it. I love these sessions where you don’t expect much to happen and the total opposite happens with you end up progressing ten fold and a destroyed body by the end of the day, with some incredible images to match.

 

David – Diving Kong.

 

Flip – Same Level Kong.

 

Sark – Same Level Kong.

 

Zade (Me) – Diving Kong.

 

Zade (Me) – Diving Kong.

 

Flip – Same Level Kong.

 

Sark – Same Level Kong.

 

Sark – Same Level Kong.

 

Zade (Me) – Double Kong.

 

Zade (Me) – Double Kong.

 

David – Diving Kong.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Double Kong.

 

Zade (Me) – Double Kong..

 

Zade (Me) – Double Speed Vault.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Pyro – Portrait.

 

Pyro – Portrait.

 

Pyro – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

Pyro – Precision.

 

Pyro – Precision.

 

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