Bulwell Bravado.

 

So, it was that time again, to venture to another unexplored area (Parkour wise) seeing as it was a Bank Holiday! After a rainy weekend. It seemed that lots were game for being out this Monday due to the predicted good weather, which meant it should be a great day of jumping. James was unsure about being out, due to various body aliments he had. Adam seemed to be less than happy we were going on an adventure without him, due to him seeing his other half. Though in the end he did come out to train instead. Later, a few people had backed out of this day already. Thankfully, in the end, most people did turn up on the day, give or take a couple. I was even ready for action and out early for once, we all met at the Parkour park for 1pm and waited until half past before moving on to other locations.

There was no Patryk today, who had said he would be out for sure. We sadly had no Gio out today either. We made our way via cars into Bulwell Town Centre. Ben had a lift and was on route, being out soon, great news. It was good to have Tom from Derby out again, even if he was yet again out when it was another adventure exploration day coincidently. Once we arrived at the first area beside the subway, many felt a little disappointed from the onset with it. I thought there was more to do there, than there actually was. It was a little damp and wet in places too, but people found things to practice, even if a lot of the precisions were quite big. It was one of those areas you had to work with what was there.

 

James – Precision.

 

Will did the big precision downwards, right to left, seen in image above, as well as across too! He has really upped his precision game of late. I could see the jumps but was too scared to even attempt them. I had hoped David would try them to help give me the motivational boost I needed, but he was a no to them all. Yet he was fine doing the jump as a catleap back instead, which was scary and slightly downwards too. James and the others were doing catleaps to an over grip wall and looking at 180 precision back too. I filmed a few movements, I had the intention to film and make a small video of the day, failing that a RAW video of myself. I did do the downwards precision in the end, but it felt like I wouldn’t make it or fall short and shin the wall…

It was one to push for, seeing it there, then that vision fading away. I didn’t want to leave without doing it though. Thankfully when I did go for it, I didn’t fall short and stuck it beautifully. Adam was impressed and didn’t think I had that sort of range with my precisions, nor would I do that jump. The same level precision felt impossible and so I did the catleap David had done instead. Next time I need to look at the running upwards precision which feels there, but is horrible to commit too. Some of the guys went to shops, while I met Ben at Tesco and then we moved over to the other side of the subway. It had an awkward (for many) seen below running precision to try. I say this, as many people didn’t like running along the edge of the wall, much preferring to run along the wood chippings instead.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

It was a slight curve on run up, if you ran along the wall that was and not across the chippings. Either way, we all seemed to at the time hate it, until it was done. It felt much easier than it looked once you had done it though. The others were being put off by a mouldy, festering fish which was stinking up the area and in the direct line with running across the wood chips. It was good to see everyone drilling the downward precision, even Eddie! Femi had finally arrived and found us, late as always. While we were all in our own groups doing various jumps, some people outside the pub smoking looking over and called us mad bastards. We moved over the road to a spot in front of a computer repair shop. Meanwhile, Femi and Ben went to check the first area to see what they had missed out on.

There was a running upwards precision, landing in front of a road barrier was one movement, and then the scarier one was a standing precision back down. Which Will and Ben easily nailed and yet I couldn’t seem to force it. Even Chris did it to encourage me! I was so frustrated and annoyed at myself and with the jump, much to the amusement of James it seemed, maybe it was more my process? I did manage to muster the courage for it, in the end and it was still horrible. I then saw some of the guys practising a small kong precision that looked fun and decided to join them. Then we did it as a diving kong in reverse which was fun and some other stranger moves, like Femi doing a lazy vault precision. I was most impressed with Benji nailing the kong precision so easily.

 

Femi – Lazy Vault Precision.

 

I think in this small area everyone was, or had progressed, it was nice to see. It was time for a further trek, to an area I thought was closer than it actually was and so we spent our time walking through various run down estates. I wanted to visit the area after I had  seen it in a video Owen had recently posted. I was hoping with how long it took us to walk there, it wasn’t going to be a disappointment and a waste of time. At first glance, it did look rather ghetto, maybe even not as good as hoped, with lots of massive jumps. But as always, we took a good look around and all found things to try at our own level of skill and more opened up once we got into our strides of the area and started training.

There were some crazy height precisions, the walls were all those rounded ones, which didn’t make them the best for vaulting over or landing on at times. I wouldn’t like to slip off one while doing a precision on landing or even while doing a kong over one, it was a surprisingly quiet estate. I mean, it still looked rough as ever, from what I remember as a kid when I used to live across the road. There was a kong precision in the area, the run up was quite sandy which made it slippery. It was there, even if the wall felt a bit higher than I would have liked to vault. David kept giving it a go and got closer and closer, until he nailed it! Damn him, now I felt obliged to do it too. After a while I did manage to break through and get it and it felt great, just like David said and it wasn’t as far as you thought, when not doing half attempts.

 

David – Precision.

 

We both kept practising the move and later on Tom came to practise it as well, getting close but each time he would land in the soil or put one foot down at the very last moment, much to his frustration! He felt he was unable to put full power into it, he did have that ankle injury from earlier hampering him too. David had incorporated a diving kong to the front wall after the k2p. It was good to see Will having the same feeling towards the k2p and breaking it down. James, Adam, Stef and the others were doing precision jumps at angle near a fence. I was scared of catching my vest before the take off, feeling paranoid about it and later my fear was realized when Stef ripped his own t-shirt while doing the precision!

I had filmed enough movements for my new RAW #19 video and had also been filming for a possible day video as well. Though at the time, I wasn’t sure if I would have enough footage for one or not. There were some other walls further down in the corner of the area, which offered more running precisions and kong precisions. I looked at a running upwards precision which Adam said I wouldn’t be able to do, in his trolling tone. To which I did crane it at first, then land it, a big FU mate! Will later did the higher wall. It was quite cool when everyone was drilling the diagonal kong precision together, encouraging each other and fighting to land it first before each other.

 

Group Photo.

 

Some of the residents from the windows above us, had poked their heads out and asked what it was we were doing, obviously confused. Tom shouted back up ‘Jumping…‘ expecting nothing else to be said but then they asked, no what is it called?! To which we said Parkour / Freerunning and then they wanted to take a photo of someone doing a jump, all very random! As well as them, we had a small kid watching us as we trained. Most were feeling pretty shattered and ready to call it a day. We walked back through the Crabtree shops, looking like a real ghetto with all the yobs in hoodies as we walked back to the cars.

Some of us made our way back to the Parkour park. Where all of a sudden there were loads of people training, filming and flipping around! It turned out it was some American and Canadian guys who were in Nottingham doing the Marvel Universe Live show at the Ice Arena. During their downtime they had sought out the Parkour park to see what it was all about. How random and very cool to see and train with them for a the brief time they were there before they had to leave. Strange how we randomly encounter people and teams from time to time that we have no knowledge of existed. It’s nice when it happens though.

 

 

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I was filming the day and had been unsure if I had anything worthwhile. In retrospect while checking it all I did manage to capture some nice footage from the day. I also got my RAW video sorted (mentioned above) and added a couple of those clips I had filmed and put them in the day training video. I didn’t have as much footage as I had hoped or wanted, but that always happens when visiting new areas, as you get so caught up in training and wanting to try everything that collecting footage becomes secondary.

That and you forget to film and capture what you are doing, and so have to make a sacrifice as such, do you want to film, photo or jump?! It’s hard to have it all. I wanted to jump more than film. You either lose out on training or filming angles, so have to compensate. Either way, I still think the short video worked well, with what I had and captures the jam, or least gives you an idea of the day I would hope. Anyway, the video is above for you all to watch and see what you think to it and the photos from the day are all below.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Catleap.

 

Zade – Running Precision.

 

Zade – Running Precision.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

Will – Running Precision.

 

Will – Running Precision.

 

Edd – Precision.

 

Benj – Kong Precision.

 

James – Kong.

 

Zade – Kong.

 

Zade – Kong Precision.

 

Zade – Kong Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

Zade – Kong Precision.

 

Tom – Portrait.

 

Tom – Kong Precision.

 

Tom – Kong Precision.

 

Will – Kong Precision.

 

Will – Kong Precision.

 

Group Photo.

 

Zade – Kong Precision.

 

Adam – Precision.

 

Steff – Precision.

 

David – Back Tuck.

 

David – Back Tuck.

 

Tom – Kong Precision.

 

Tom – Kong Precision.

 

Will – Kong Precision.

 

Will – Kong Precision.

 

Will – Kong Precision.

 

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