Bulwell Round Trip.

 

Today we were going to start at a slightly earlier time of 12pm. I didn’t train on Saturday due to it being Goose Fair [1] and because of that fair being in Nottingham for a few days, the traffic is always bad. At least for me getting to and from town as it passes where the fair is located. Then you have transport being busier than normal, more so in the evening and slow traffic due to blocked off roads as well. That and not many practitioners seemed to be out this weekend, judging from the event anyway. James was away, Pete was AWOL (as always) and Eddie must be a combination of banned, whipped or both as we are seeing less of him these days. Benj was unavailable as he was now working weekends and others didn’t seem that bothered about being out. I had hoped with Saturday’s lack of attendance, that more would be more open for a Sunday instead. It turned out that wasn’t the case, which was slightly demotivating.

I was up early as I always seem to be of late. I had a look on the event to see who was coming out and it was now down to only three, THREE people were game for the adventure!? Ugh, all motivation had been drained from me now. Adam had been up late and so would be out later in the day. I suppose, at least he was coming out and had Dom and Andy coming along with him, which would increase the numbers somewhat. David and Chris were out, but Femi was running on his usual black time and wanted to meet at the park for 12.30pm which meant he wouldn’t get there until at least half one at the earliest. He called me menstrual when I said we wouldn’t be waiting for him and he should adhere to the set time, which is there for a reason, so we don’t have to wait for people or have to direct them where to go, when they have no idea where they are going anyway!

 

Chris – Layout.

 

He said, cut him some slack as he had only just finished work at 3am! That and he had to do some shopping first before they closed at four and then he could think about training. He had been up since the same time I was (nine) and so had more than enough time to get his shopping in and still meet up at the set time, with plenty left over!? I got to the park to find Chris and his sister Jodie already jumping around and waiting. David arrived a short while after and then we headed off into Bulwell for some jumping. While warming up I felt so heavy while doing a small kong precision. Perhaps I just wasn’t warmed up fully enough yet or wasn’t feeling the day due to being demotivated. The starting image of the day for photos was of Chris doing a back layout (seen above) off a small wall.

It was a strange old day weather wise, the sun was shining with clear blue skies in parts, but then it was dark and gloomy in others, as if it would lash it down with rain any second. The running precision I was practising with David always looked big on images even though while doing the movement, it’s quite small. I was filming some movements for a new RAW video [2] from the day. There was an upward standing precision, which felt very similar to the upward park precision. It had some branches in the way, so had to be careful not to poke your eyes out and land crouched too. David didn’t like it and couldn’t see it, yet Chris did it which surprised me. Gio who had not long arrived decided to do it the other way (seen below) as a kong precision instead…

 

Gio – Kong Precision.

 

As if that wasn’t good enough, he was then looking at the k2p from the railing (road side) to the same wall on the left! Adam, Andrew and Dom had arrived, earlier than expected too. It was down to the other part of the subway we had previously visited when in Bulwell [3] doing the same movements from last time. There seemed to be more to do this time round, with lots of filming, photos and portraits. There were some nice runs being done by Gio and Femi, doing diving and double kong. Some local chavs passing by, through the subway shouted over ‘do a backflip’ the classic annoying statement many a practitioner will have been victim to over the years. Like we discussed after Gio did one, it’s annoying as not everyone can, and even if you can I don’t see the fascination in the statement.

David was nearly getting the precision across, the same one that Will and myself had done last time round. He could see it, but kept pulling back at the last moment, landing with one foot on the wall and one on the floor. We also looked at doing the running upward precision, which had the same mental block as last time and I couldn’t do it. The take off and landing also felt slippery as well, which didn’t help. It goes without saying how easily Gio nailed it though. He did a massive standing precision further down, then to an even further gap where the walls were broken. I didn’t think it even looked possible and yet he did it so easily, it was nearly 13ft. He has insane hops and then was looking at doing a similar distance as a upwards jump…

 

Dominik – Portrait.

 

Dom had gone to buy some cheap trainers so he could jump around with us and within a few minutes of warming up he had managed to hit his hand on a wall. It looked like his finger was broken with how swollen it had become and he could hardly move it. Sods law that something like that would happen though… We moved to the other side of the subway where Chris did the precision gap as a sideflip precision instead, most impressive! While I was alternating the leg I was using for the running upward precision, I tried to do it standing, which is there but so difficult to commit too. A move for another time! Adam nailed the running upwards precision this week, after not being able to last time. It must have been the adrenaline and hype as sadly he couldn’t recreate it afterwards. The remains of the smelly decomposing fish was still there too from the run up.

We visited a small kids park, where the grass was a bit wet, but that didn’t stop the guys from tricking on it. Well, for the most part, with a few slips while landing movements. A running catleap from a hill mound, precision jumps between some small stumps and some high jumps on the back walls were a few things to be done. Gio had found a kong and double kong at the front of the area on some small, smooth walls. While filming, Chris was failing a cork, over and over again off the hill mound. Femi had a similar experience when doing a webster off the climbing frame into cartwheel, only to keep slipping each time. Andy was slipping while doing an aerial twist after an underbar through a swing. Next we wandered aimlessly through the suburbs looking for more spots to train at. We came across a nice looking area with many railings, near some shops.

 

Gio – Diving Kong.

 

I had no idea where we were, the area looked better than it actually was, as the railings were too close together. The guys were linking movements and looking at what else could be done around the corner on some garages. There were some local kids, throwing a bottle of cola up to the top of the subway, trying to flip it so it stood up when it landed. They were also watching what we were doing too. It felt like we were in some ghetto, with the people that were walking around the area. Like a guy that must have been in his forties in a full army green tracksuit, hood up, stinking of weed. There was a nice kong precision (seen above) from a railing to a wall. Even if you had to run along the moist grass first, which Femi did slip on a few times and then while we were all fighting to land it first, Femi managed to clip his knee on the railing as he vaulted it, how he didn’t face plant, I have no idea!

It’s why I didn’t like to run full speed at it, rather a brisk walk. It was a nice distance kong precision. I filmed David nailing it, after many attempts of falling short and bouncing it, much to his joy. Gio took it one step further, by doing a diving kong (seen in above image) the other way. We walked through yet more estates, until we came to lots of giant concrete blocks along an edge of a field. No doubt to stop travellers residing there on their travels. There were two green railings near the end of the field, which we stopped to train on. It was odd to see them randomly there, but they provided a nice precision jump between and at different heights. Some of the others were busy doing flips off them. I got some really nice images of David doing a back tuck off them and so did Adam. I do love these mini spots we found and session before moving on to other places.

 

Andrew – Cyclone.

 

Gio, as always took it a step further, by doing the precision gap as a kong precision instead! Andy was amazed just how sick Gio was and how he would just do all and everything! I still can’t get over Andy doing cyclone flips off the end of the rails, that is just plain horrible and scary if the foot was to slip, not to mention the accuracy you have to have as well. I was fully expecting Gio to double kong the railings next, which he was preparing for… We moved up the road, making our way to Bulwell Hall. Hitting a small spot before we got there, where some trees had been freshly cut down and it left a giant tree stump with all the shavings and sawdust left around it, acting like an outdoor foam pit. It was perfect for more flipping onto and felt like you were in a gerbils cage.

Running and standing precisions were being done to and from the stump and electric boxes. Gio did the jump as a kong precision instead, he also slipped (seen in the day video further down) and bailed while doing a running precision. I mustered up the courage to do a standing sideflip, something I don’t overly like. My apprehension wasn’t helped as I was feeling rather wiped out by this point too. It was getting hard to judge and do precision jumps now, at least for me. Andy did one of his first outdoor losers off a block. I took endless images of the guys doing back fulls and other crazy flips of the tree trunk. I do love when we find an area with something so simple, and yet it keeps us so entertained. Just as you are about to leave, someone else finds something new to try and keep you hanging there for even longer.

 

Gio – 360 Back.

 

We had reached Bulwell Hall, where I mainly filmed more movements of the guys. I was shattered and as much as I wanted to flip and join in, my body was dead. I filmed the guys doing a trio run together, involving multiple flips and not landing on each other in the process. I had fun doing a couple of flips  (again) using a small rock, landing on the gravel. It was great as a step up, and a few meters before it had a small dirt patch which you could rub your feet on, that acted like chalk so you didn’t slip running along the grass and it almost had a line faded in the grass too which people may have used to do the same thing in the past? Whether it was there intentionally or the starting point to run towards the rock, who knows. It’s not a bad place to train in fact, you have the rocks, lots of giant logs, even if many wobble and then lots of small rocks to traverse along. We spent a fair amount of time there, with the kids and parents alike watching what we were doing.

I think next time, we need to start there first to be able to fully session it and get done everything we wanted. Adam had a bit of a mental block with the rock step up, trying to muster the courage to do a sideflip off it. Much to his annoyance of not being able to commit, even when at times it looked like he was going to do it! I promised him I wouldn’t make that into a fail video, like I had done previously to James [4] a while back. I mean, I have all the fails, but those will likely become a part of a future Npghey [5] video down the line. The day seemed like it was over, it had started to get darker, colder and with that some of us headed home like myself, leaving the others to make their way back to their cars or carry on training if they wanted too. Below is a short video of the day and in no way can fully represent how good of a day it has been. I wished I had filmed more, but for now it is a little insight into it…

 

 

As you can see above, I’ve tried to encapsulate the days events, with what footage I did have from the day. I think with these small videos, the intros are always the easiest to create and make. They always have something funny within them too, fails and such. I wish I had spent more time at the subway area filming than anything. As there was far more to get there movement wise, but it seems to be where I took more photos than anything else. I did enjoy the slip fail of Gio and then having it rewind to his intended movement, minus the mishap. I really need to film more atmospheric scenes and more portrait shots of the guys to add a more b-roll feeling to the videos in future. Anyway, enjoy the video above and the dozens upon dozens of images from the day which are below too. Hopefully I will get out again soon and do some more filming and make another small edit from a day, sometime soon. Until then, blog done and dusted.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

Zade – Running Precision.

 

Zade – Running Precision.

 

Chris – Precision.

 

Chris – Precision.

 

Chris – Precision.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Gio – Precision.

 

Andy – Portrait.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

Gio – Kong Precision.

 

Gio – Kong Precision.

 

Rails.

 

David – Back Tuck.

 

David – Back Tuck.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

Femi & David – Flips.

 

Femi & David – Flips.

 

Andy – Precision.

 

Andy – 360 Back.

 

Gio – 360 Back.

 

Andy – 360 Back.

 

Femi – Portrait.

 

Andy – Sideflip.

 

Andy – Sideflip.

 

Andy – Sideflip.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Chris – Precision.

 

Chris – Precision.

 

Gio – Running Precision.

 

Gio – Running Precision.

 

Gio – Portrait.

 

Gio – Precision.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

Andy – Portrait.

 

Andy – Portrait.

 

Andy – Portrait.

 

Andrew – Cyclone.

 

David – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Andy – Back Tuck.

 

Gio – 360 Back.

 

Gio – 360 Back.

 

Andy – 360 Back.

 

Andy – 360 Back.

 

Andy – Side Full.

 

Andy – Side Full.

 

Gio – 360 Back.

 

Andy – Sideflip.

 

Andy – Sideflip.

 

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