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Npk – Early Edition.

 

Today was another early start, following suit to the previous training session. It might just become thee thing to do each weekend now? Well, here’s hoping… I arrived into town just before half past eleven, only to find a lonely Steff waiting at the meeting spot. I had also arrived at the exact same time as Patryk who was walking down the opposite street, excellent timing! I was surprised to see Luke arriving to the training session, since when?! He said he was already knackered from walking to Plaza, never mind jumping around. All said while he was vaping and then telling us it was far too early to be out training. Good on him for being out though, it had been ages since the last time he was out with the community. Adam arrived a short while later and had started various banter between him and Luke, some light hearted jokes and some more vicious insults. Luke had somehow hurt his hand already after the first kong of the day, then hurt his back when he did a front flip. Talk about an unlucky start to the day…

James and Ben were next to arrive, nearer to twelve mind you. So much for the earlier jam… Adam was quick to state that James had never agreed to be out earlier. It seemed many were still confused about the time change, maybe even annoyed with it being so early and wanted it to remain the same time it always has been. But if we met between 12-1pm, most arrive closer to two and by that time it isn’t long until the sunsets and the darkness creeps in. We should be meeting earlier in the Winter months and later in the Summer ones, making the most of the natural light. We moved down the University library, even though some (Stef and Adam) wanted to stay at Plaza to drill the kong precisions. They did stay there for a short while before joining the rest of us later. It seemed the movements to be practised today would be running precision ones. Luke was busy tricking, while the rest of us gave him abuse for it and Patryk asked why is he being ‘gay’ doing somersaults, as tricking is for gays.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

The running precision (seen above) from a small wall to the steps was a movement we all practised. It was good to see James retaining the jump again after a few failed attempts. Patryk threw some dive rolls into the mix, even if they hurt his back afterwards. I kept slipping on the wall with my trainers, which was so annoying this time round. I filmed a few movements for a new RAW video, which sadly didn’t happen after today, or ever again for that matter. Patryk and myself moved over to the blue railing area, speaking about what the younger generation would do nowadays, compared to when we were young and first started. Coming up with possible crazy movements, if only we were that good now. I did a small run with Patryk following behind, involving an underbar. Only for it to jolt my back on the bar as I went through and then have Patryk do the exact same thing as he went through too! I had hurt my ankle a few times today too, while trying his kong, box jump movement off the railings. We ended up being moved off by security and with that we headed up to High Pavement. Surprisingly, it wasn’t wet there, even though it was shaded?!

The walls were wobbly now, at least when you landed on certain ones. The area had been cleaned up too, it looked less like a crack den for once. Later we were being filmed by a random guy that had come out one of the buildings… I think all the banging from a noisy grate as people ran over it hadn’t helped us go unnoticed. I’m not too sure if the filming was meant to deter us from training, as he didn’t say anything, just stood there and filmed. We fluffed up a pile of leaves near the wall, which people did as a catleap, to try and coax James in trying the jump. Even if only to land in the cushioned leaves to get a feel for the distance and jump. Though it might be a long time before he is able to try it for real, with all the variables for the jump. It’s a tough one, as there isn’t any build up per say for it, an all or nothing jump. Continue reading ‘Npk – Early Edition.’

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Yaz’s Bearded Return.

 

I woke up at around ten o’clock, but then fell back into slumber land until eleven. Damn that was one hell of a danger nap, I was now set to be late for the training session. Why do I always lul in bed, when I know I have to get up, it’s never going to end well. It seemed by the event that lots were out, but very few were replying to messages. I decided to head out later on, even though I was already running late. I just know all of the others would be lazy ass bitches and likely not be out until close to two anyway, so what is the point on rushing to get there ASAP? I guess the twelve meet up time frame being adhered to is long gone now. In the end, I arrived just after one to find only David out and Yaz…?! Along with a more rugged, bearded version of himself. I didn’t even think it was possible for him to grow a beard, it looked great, not patchy as he stated it did. I knew someone that wouldn’t like his new look, anti beard James! I’ve yet to see James with one, even for the short term, just to know…

Kezza had once again bottled it, his excuse was it had (was) raining in Hucknall and due to that fact there wasn’t any point in being out as it will be wet and the same in town… Yet, it was dry as a bone in the city centre and hadn’t rained at all! I’m sure half the time he makes this stuff up, so he has an excuse. James was next to arrive, with a more rugged, stubble look too! Asif he had come out with it, he was still hungover and this was the closest we would EVER get to see James with a beard! We trained at Plaza (no surprise) it felt nice to have the left section of the bigger kong precision wall feeling easy again now. I was able to get mid way along it with David. It was odd to see Yaz struggling with jumps, I guess he really is out of practice. He said he would come back out again soon, Christmas or sooner if he could find a job here with decent or equal pay to what he was on now. That would be great, it’s been far too long!

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Another movement I wasn’t finding as difficult today was the IBM running precision, with a stride from the previous wall before hand, yet I was having such problems with it no so long ago. Today though, no mental blocks with it, random, but I’m okay with it. James was scared to do the running precision (same old) mental blocks with it, it has fast become the ultimate nemesis, like how Castle College was. It’s disheartening to see, as I remember the day he smashed that jump in June 2015 and since then something had changed and it’s become a barrier which he cannot break, no matter how hard he tries or how many words of wisdom we give him. My mental block today was the precision from the corners of the walls in the middle of the area, I could see it, but couldn’t jump. How annoying. Yaz had a look too and wasn’t able to do it either, David was having a look as well. It seemed we all had the same apprehension about the jump.

The only new thing to do from the area, was a tic tac cat (seen below) by Will. It was from a rather awkwardly angled wall, to a railing. Some took off more angled like Will has, while some ran more directly to it. We all lined up, each trying this new and awkward movement. The wall was slippery for some and if you pressed your foot on it too much or the wrong angle, you would slide down flailing in the air. The slam from grabbing the railing wasn’t a nice one. If you came down too hard and at times it felt like you were nearly dislocated the shoulders. Phil filmed some angles and trolled my own filming, shouting in the background and running into shot…God Dammit! Continue reading ‘Yaz’s Bearded Return.’

Beckhampton Road.

 

Today had turned into another road trip. It was mentioned earlier in the week that many people wanted to go to the Beckhampton Road area that they had seen us previously visit. So I decided that, that was where we should go as most seemed game for it. I decided that we should meet up there, rather than meeting in town prior before going. I mean that would make it a round trip for me, annoyingly and it’s not like people need to have their hands held while going to events like these. All the relevant information was in the Npk event, so it was up to the rest to make it of their own accord or forget it all together. As unfair as that may seem to some, plus I had already had this discussion previously [1] with an adventure jam to Highfields. At least today we would be training as a community and it was a Saturday this time round as well. So for anyone that missed this session had no excuse to say we only seem to adventure on a Sunday!

I was up early and excited to be out training, feeling fresher than I was last time we had trained in Bestwood. I felt nothing was going to put a damper on my day! I got ready, meeting with Eddie and Benj at the Parkour park at 12.45 before we drove over to Beckhampton. We were, of course, the first ones there. David was on his way walking there and we warmed up while we waited for the others to arrive. It’s a strange place, nearly all the shops are closed or abandoned, even on a Saturday… It seems almost a run down and deprived area at times, with some of the local youths loitering around. Once David had arrivedĀ  my motivation was in full force. I was busy doing an awkward running precision from the right wall to the back wall, which can be seen in the image below.

 

Backhamton – Hotspot.

 

Now it was awkward, not because you are running straight at it, but have to take off the wall to the right, which also has that vertical wall directly in front of you. The same place for the foot placement and then you had to push and jump towards the left slightly, while still travelling forwards. If you placed the foot too close to the wall in front you just went outwards and not forwards, if you placed it too far back you don’t cover the distance needed to reach the back wall. It was a nice challenge, that most didn’t want to attempt due to the awkwardness of the movement. It reminded me of a similar one that used to be at Crowne Plaza and there are a few others, that I can’t think of currently. David’s attempts were funny, tripping and nearly bailing when landing just in front of it, unable to commit to landing it.

A kong precision to the left was another movement we were both practising. It was the perfect distance for me, pushing my k2p progression. I felt like I was only just getting it at times, outstretching my legs towards it. I hadn’t got it comfortably yet and at times I did land on my tip toes nearly crunching my ankles in the process. On one attempt I ended up undershooting, bouncing it, falling back, nearly landing with my back on the wall behind me. Which can be seen in my RAW video a bit further below. I want to find more ‘real’ kong precisions of similar distances, that and which also have a a drop between them too, unlike Plaza which is a flowerbed and all same level. David gave it his best attempts, but couldn’t get it. He said it felt too big (that’s what she said). It’s odd as I expected him to nail it like I was…

 

Adam – Precision.

 

James, Pete and Holbrook were next to arrive, shortly followed by Phil. Steve was out today too, someone who I hadn’t seen in many years and he had even came out wearing his black Npk [2] t-shirt with bright orange text. The line of bollards (seen above) were getting a workout from everyone, doing various standing and running precisions. Along with some mental challenges for James and Pete in regards to box jumping one after the other. It was good to see everyone helping each other, working out those kinks. Continue reading ‘Beckhampton Road.’

Rise Park & Top Valley.

 

Like with many Sunday training sessions of late, it has become the day of adventure. Something, which has tickled the interest of a few other practitioners after seeing the areas we had visited so far. The weather always seems to be nice on a Sunday too, so what better time to train again or even wait for the adventure day instead, which isn’t the usual spots of town?! After the successful Bulwell session we had the other week, [1] people wanted more new terrain and I had just the place which wasn’t that far from the Parkour Park either. It had been ages since I last visited Rise Park and Top Valley areas. It had been 2010 [2] to be exact, as that blog entry states as the last time we ventured that way as a community. So there wasn’t a better time than now and it seemed a fair few were game for the session. A funny part of the day was when I arrived at the park to find myself and Eddie were both wearing the same Npk t-shirt design [3] and colour.

Once we had all met at the Parkour Park, we all synced with the location on Google maps. Then we all rolled out like a convoy, following each other in the cars until we reached the destination, managing not to lose anyone in the process. We made our way to the first location which were some orange walls (seen below), which were next to a subway. The precision jumps (from what I remember) still seemed pretty big as a standard jump. It didn’t stop Gio doing all of them though, even the upward ones which looked impossible. Adam, Eddie and Benj were aiming to do the main precision, just the part closest to the floor, to avoid injury. Seeing which of them would get it first, some friendly competition for them.

 

Risk Park Hotspot.

 

I do like the area I must admit, even though it is a hugely precision based area and some of the walls were chipping away and broken in parts. If I lived closer, I would love to spend hours doing the precision jumps there as they are at a nice distance generally, not too small, not too big. Although, you can go to that bigger scale if needed to, so the jumps are challenging enough to keep you on your toes. Some of the upward precisions I can see, but don’t dares do just yet. Unable to mentally go for them, even though I wanted to. There didn’t seem to be a jump there that Gio, couldn’t do… David was doing a downwards catleap, instead of a precision across, seen in the image above. I don’t know why but that felt worse than attempting the precision across.

Holbrook was linking together a small run, involving pop vault up to the wall, striding across and then he wanted to pop and scale up and over the subway railing. There seemed to be a mental block with the run though, with him being afraid of slipping on the slopped wall of the subway. It was stone, but he didn’t want to push off it, if he was going to slip to the ground below. Continue reading ‘Rise Park & Top Valley.’


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