Ghettos, Bridges & Mental Barriers.

 

It was set to be a great day, with many out for some summer jumping. Even if Jallen sadly wasn’t to be out this weekend, instead opting to be at the cinema in Birmingham, to watch Suicide Squad. I was really looking forward to being out, so much so I had headed off to town early to get my training under way. When I arrived, I was sad to find David wasn’t out today. I had hoped to do some filming and he helps keep me motivated while training as we vibe off each other with the movements we try. I was feeling a bit demotivated about the day now, but as the masses arrived that soon changed. Well, that was until I was hit by extreme fatigue and not too sure why. I was feeling unsure what to practise, doing a few k2ps while we waited for the stragglers to appear before we moved on. Phil was meant to be out, but as of yet he wasn’t. Patryk was late too, for whatever reason.

One highlight of the day was after Frankie rode in on his bike, some of us kept ringing his bike bell, much to his annoyance and it wasn’t just me that got enjoyment from doing it either! I think it secretly got to him, as he covered it up soon after so none of us could ring it again and asked us politely not to do it again. But, did we listen to that warning…?! We ended up moving over to Audo to train and that is where I captured some footage at various points of the day, collecting footage for a few weeks to see what I had and maybe make a video. I did the small upward precision near the side of the area, which I had struggled to do in recent times. I still hated it whenever I did it though, that feeling never change. What a strange jump, only ever so slightly upwards and with a sign in the way for craning the jump.

 

Patryk – Precision.

 

Dizzi did a precision further down the set of steps, the mid section which I think is around about ten to ten and half (of my shoe) feet across. So very few people have done and do that jump, well except the big jumpers. It still blows my mind, whether it’s because it looks bigger than it is due to the steps widening as they go down, but it always looks massive. I joined Frankie, doing a precision to a slab that had a lamppost in the middle of, he of cause did it easily. Even though he said he felt he wasn’t as in tune with his precisions as he normally was. That he found it a hard jump too!? I was only just hitting the jump and felt ugly compared. Everyone was dotted around the area, doing their own movements. I was unsure where to go next and what to practise, that was until I saw Patryk had found a new, I say new but what I mean to say is a jump that I haven’t seen before nor have I ever seen anyone else do it.

It was fresh, but looked horrible too. I decided to film Patryk doing it, although he seemed to be unable to land it now, bouncing the jump each time. Much to his frustration, I guess the added filming pressure had got to him. I wanted to have a go too, but it felt insanely far, bigger than I could reach currently. Not to mention it was scary to hang in the air for the landing and if you didn’t commit, well you had the awkwardness of buckling on the steps. I got Frankie to come and have a look, he took one look and laughed before prepping for the jump. I think Frankie felt the same with the awkwardness of it, as he kept jumping to the side of the steps. While filming, I felt due to the Cinstyle profile I have on my camera, it made everything seem very drained and even hard to see on the viewfinder when filming. I hope the video clips come out okay, as I couldn’t see anything while filming and wasn’t even sure I liked the setting.

 

Ben – Running Precision.

 

Patryk was also practising a nice run involving a lazy vault, running stride up the steps, dive roll and other movements linked together. A very Euro style, different and I like that. It’s always nice to see linked movements and people using the same areas we have trained for many years, differently. Again, it is something we need to practise more of, even after all these years we are still very singular in the movements we do. Then you get people from other countries who visit Nottingham and then you see the different style instantly. Gio is another great example of another practitioner that was able to link movements and do crazy runs as well. In the past there are stages where the community will start to practise a few movements together, like with anything it soon diminishes over time and then we fall back into old habits.

I finally mustered the courage to give the Audo precision (seen above) which everyone did downwards, as a running upwards precision instead. Patryk did it easily and Damo was contemplating trying it as well. For some reason I liked it more as a running box jump! While Damo was stating he would do it, getting cocky and yet when he was landing to the side of it on the floor to gauge if he would make it, he somehow managed to land awkwardly, jarring his back, and looked like both ankles buckled too. To which Phil and myself looked at each other like WTF?! I hit the wall a few times like that, even slipped down from the top of the wall, I just couldn’t put full effort into it, always holding back slightly. Why, why can I not do this jump!? It’s by far the closest I’ve ever been to it though, even if the running precision still felt impossible.

 

 

It was one of those jumps which is frustrating and I can’t seem to change my mentality or physical power to accomplish it. I truly hate upward jumps that are running or standing! I think nearly landing it that once, scared me as then I couldn’t commit to it at all. Phil and Zain were trolling me about it, even though Zain hadn’t done it. Fair play to Phil as he can do it easily. Oh and then Adam was being harsh too, saying why was I even trying it, as it’s too big for me. Only because he is jealous and he can’t even attempt it or get the same distance! Ben was busying trying to scale along the wall near the windows as fast as possible. We all tried it and it was harder than he made it look. I filmed some shots of Ben doing the running precision, Phil was doing the same and we had to time it so we didn’t get in the way of each others photos and video angles.

We decided to move on, as many people in the flats were looking over and we had perhaps been a little rowdy. Just as well, as some PCSO’s arrived and told us to move on and not to come back to the area in the future. Odd, how on occasions they get called out or the police, though the whole, ‘don’t come back again’ was a bit strong and silly in fairness. We ended up walking down to the canal, a place we very rarely train at these days. The guys were all on Pokémon Go while we walked there and remained on it, using lures and such. The training had seemed to have slowed down. I was drilling a kong precision, which I have always in the past hated, yet today it seemed rather effortless. Zain practised it with me, Phil came and drilled the running upwards precision to it and gave use some other old school moves we used to practise.

 

 

It was Damo’s turn to nail this k2p for Phil to film, I also filmed him and the many takes and some sketchy landings he did. I was also filmed by Phil doing a dash precision (seen above) another movement many tend not to like. On one of the shots when myself and Zain did a run together, he nearly kicked my head off when we were both trying to pop vault over the wall, due to how quick I was to catch up to him. The top of the wall was the problem with this run, it was rounded and had zero grip, you had to almost launch off the small raised ledge to an over grip to ensure you could hoist over quickly. Phil got creative with the newly cut tree’s and the stumps that were left provided massive strides between them, then a tic tac to a tree before doing more striding.

It sure was a leg stretcher, people walking by seeming interested in what it was we were doing, watching, clapping and adding the odd comment too. With a few actually knowing what it was we were doing when we heard the words Parkour uttered as they walked by. While walking up to train station, we took a look at the old precision down [1] which always seems to have a tree branch in the way now so it wasn’t possible. Plus we were all way too tired for that sort of impact on our legs. Damo and Zain went into the door in the wall, that of the chicken shop. To ‘explore’ in the classic Zain behaviour, where was Denis when you needed that sort of adventure?! They could have at least got us some food from there!

 

Damo – Catleap.

 

Phil did the catleap from the lower wall to the other higher wall, further up. That has always been big and still looked it to me now. I’ve never understood how people found it so easy. I mean if Mr. Jump, Ben was unsure of it then it must have something more to it?! Frankie nailed it as did others, I did an attempt, kicking the wall first. Then managed to grab it with just my fingertips and slide down as I lost my grip and stubbed my toes in the process too. It was goodbye to Frankie who was now leaving, a brief stop at Tesco’s and then we made our way through the Meadows. Hitting a old area, which had a rail kong precision onto a very much slippery wall. A road precision and box jumps which was fun. With everyone fighting to nail it first.

A small tic tac precision which I drilled thanks to Phil’s eye, more trolling and being filmed. Mainly of Damo trying an awkward cat type precision to a window ledge (seen above) with a caged window. There were many, many attempts of Damo trying to do it. Props to him for doing it though, it looked horrible. I much preferred the precision from the thin signpost to the wall. We carried on walking through the ghetto, stopping off briefly at a park with lots of logs in a giant circle, nothing much else there to do or jump. We came to a small area which we had seen from James image, when he went there to vote. I filmed some movements there, featured in my RAW video above. Phil seemed to not like the turn vault due to the tarpaulin.

 

Adam – Side Vault.

 

I can understand that, much amusement as he ran and couldn’t jump for the turn vault. The others were behind the area, vaulting amongst some white railings (seen above) Adam was practising a certain run, which everyone else was trying too. I think he was getting a bit annoyed at everyone trying the same move, adding to it and not giving him time to practise it himself as we all took over the area. One of the railings was quite noisy when you grabbed it, hitting against another metal part of the rail and vibrating. There were a few other movements there like catleaps and rail precisions, but not overly as much as there looked to be. Even when we checked out a small overgrown area for more, but were too wet and only an upwards running precision.

We walked up the road,  past various smashed windows and flats looking like they were unoccupied, but wasn’t! Quite the rough and ready look… Until we came to a precision (seen below) it was bigger one way, right to left than the other way. I was, as we all were, feeling rather tired. So I didn’t want to do the jump, but I did when Zain said it looked too big for him to do. I took a look and gave it a go. It was a bit of a mental battle for Zain, before he got it. Stef wanted it too, but it wasn’t there and then we come to Damo… He was a no, he spent absolutely AGES sizing it up and having Phil do it a few times as an example to try and help him achieve it, despite the trolling. Adam had gotten sick of remaining there and went off to find more areas with Steff.

 

Zain – Precision.

 

In the end, I am glad to say Damo did do the jump, but boy was it a long process! I guess in some ways it was Karma, for saying James is slow at getting things and that he wasn’t as bad as him. Well, at least until this jump that was! We took a slow walk to the Embankment, at least that was the plan and to reunite with Adam and Steff. We spent a long time near the bridge and a giant statue. Eating apples and other food, taking portraits while Phil and Damo were Pokémoning. I captured many, many awesome photos due to golden hour. Phil was shooting a time lapse too and got Damo running along the top of the bridge, hopefully not attracting any unneeded attention with people thinking he was going to commit suicide in the process. Adam and Steff had returned, after being moved off by a guy from the council for training.

We ended up walking along the water front to some steps, looking at various movements involving the water. Then we walked into some estates of Clifton or maybe it was still the Meadows. There really wasn’t much more training being done now, just seeing what we could find before the end of the day. We ended up walking back to catch the tram, except for me and I carried on walking back into town. It had been a great day of training and progression, it was also sad not to see James out. No doubt he will have something to say due to it being another adventure day, which again, always seems to happen when he isn’t out. Not that, that is done intentionally! More of these days need to happen before Summer ends.

 

Frankie – Precision.

 

Ben – Precision.

 

Patryk – Precision.

 

Ben – Running Precision.

 

Damo – Kong.

 

Damo – Kong.

 

Damo – Catleap.

 

Steff – Lazy Vault.

 

Phil – Precision.

 

Statue.

 

Bridge.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Zain & Phil – Portrait.

 

Zain & Phil – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Phil’s Camera.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Damo, Phil & Zain.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Patryk – Kong Precision.

 

Damo – Precision.

 

Damo – Precision.

 

Damo – Precision.

 

Damo – Precision.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Zain – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Damo – Portrait.

 

Zain & Phil – Portrait.

 

Zain – Lazy Vault.

 

Zain – Lazy Vault.

 

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