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Rock Bottom.

 

It looked as if it was going to be another great weekend of training, though that had quickly changed when many had bailed due to possible rain, then it didn’t. I don’t blame them, the weather hadn’t been the best in previous times. Kezza said he was definitely out, he says that most weekends though. As predicted, he soon changed his mind just before I left, when he said he had gone out and it was raining in Hucknall so wouldn’t be out, along with other random bullshit… Funny, because I’m sure he said he was a 100% out as it was his last before he went on holiday. Classic, flaky Kezza! I found it strange to arrive at Plaza to find no one there, only James who was arriving at the same time as myself. Thankfully, followed by Ben, Adam, Phil and then Pete arrived to bulk up the training party, even if there was much talk about (ugh) Pokemon GO while warming up their mouths rather than their bodies…

Next people had moved over to the Atrium area and I complained about how boring it was there and that we never move to other places these days. Phil and James said go over and train at Plaza then! So to their surprise, that is exactly what I did with Adam joining me who too wanted to train there for once. It wasn’t long before David arrived, then we drilled some kong precisions before we decided to move elsewhere. We ended up taking a long walk to a park not too far from the Arboretum and a grave yard (Portland Park) though it had started to spot with rain as we arrived! It seemed like the day might get worse, luckily the rain did pass. I had already grown tired of the area, as most of the things I had wanted to do I had achieved on previous visits.

 

Atrium.

 

David and myself looked at a kong precision from one of the barriers that surrounded the area, a metal rail which wasn’t too nice a grip as the top was a square, not round. The landing was onto a small wooden wall, I gave it a go and surprisingly, the run up wasn’t too bad even with the high curb before you vaulted the fence. Yet, I still fell short landing it. David got his toes curled on the wood and then landed on it! The more I tried through grit, I got closer and then kept bouncing it but couldn’t get enough distance to land on it, no matter how much I tried and filmed it too. Another thing which made it even worse was when I watched David do it, as smooth as it was, was when he grabbed the rail, as he would place his whole palm on the top of the rail, with the possibility of them sliding over! It didn’t half make me cringe and shudder as I preferred to grab the wall to ensure I didn’t slip.

A bin precision was the next thing to be trained, after being pointed out by others wanting to do it. It seemed once one person had done it, everyone else followed suit… Well, apart from James who was having problems with it. Feeling the frustration of not being able to take off for the jump whether it be mentally or physically which held him back. We gave various advice to try and trick his mind and body into letting him do it. There were lots of moans and excuses about the jump and how it was impossible to do. Continue reading ‘Rock Bottom.’

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Raw #14

The fourteenth instalment of my RAW video series. Some of the early clips were merged from another training sessions [1] [2] as I hadn’t really been filming that much for a video. I had been storing them up to use, but didn’t film enough to justify a RAW video of that day. I know in previous blogs some ‘future’ releases of RAW have been added. This is due to being so behind with them. Stored up with the footage and edited, long before a descriptive, detailed analysis of the video have been posted like this one.

I’m still enjoying making them though and jumping around. The run along the thin window ledge, may look simple and yet it is so difficult to do and I’m not overly fond of how it looks video wise, due to it doing it no justice. Some of the Audo stuff, feels creative and was something different and years down the line they will no doubt be enhanced further. Like that kong plant to running stride precision.

 

 

Rain Warriors.

 

I could hear the heavy Summer rain hitting against my window as I was rudely woke from my sleep just before seven. I thought to myself, isn’t that typical?! It seems like I won’t be going out later today and with that, I drifted back off to slumberland. I was woken a second time by the same monsoon. It sounded like the rain may never stop, even though there was promise of jungle like humidity later in the day when we trained. I finally got up at around ten and decided I would slowly get ready for training as the rain was meant to stop by the time we met, though that was looking unlikely as time went on. It seemed that most were against coming out today, even the weekly regulars! And who could blame them with the current weather! There was no James this weekend since he was away, due to that fact I had expected it to be great weather, as it usually was when he wasn’t free to be out with us.

In the end I decided against going out, the weather hadn’t and no doubt wouldn’t pick up for training. Adam seemed to be annoyed and still wanted to train, even if the current weather was terrible. He said he was going to meet up with Ben and get a jumping session in. I was tempted earlier, but now had decided not to, plus it didn’t seem like many were out, if anyone apart from them. At around one, it had started to dry up with the pavements drying too, not to mention the sun had even started to come out as well! I changed my mind and carried on getting ready in a rush to get to Plaza for two. I arrived to find just Ben there in his waterproof gear. Where the hell was Adam?! He left long before me and I had beat him there. Femi was running on black time as he always did, he had only just got up, seen the rain and instantly said he wasn’t feeling it, even though town was now sunny and dry. Will arrived, who had the same idea as me due to the weather change, followed by Adam.

 

Camera.

 

We practised a precision jump to a curb, instead of using a wall as a take off. We took off from a slopped wall which felt horrible, but it was a new challenge. Femi text and said he would be coming out after all, and for us to wait until he arrived… I really didn’t want to be waiting for him, time was already getting on. It would be past three, maybe even four at this rate before he arrived! I text back and said if he didn’t hurry, we could be anywhere, even places he hasn’t seen before and so he should make haste! We spent some time at IBM while we waited. I quite liked a precision Will was doing, down to wall in front of the railing surrounding the area. Adam was filming a few movements and filmed Luka doing a roll on and off a wall, which can be seen in the image above. I really liked the look and feel of that image. I didn’t expect him to even attempt that and it looked really nice when he did as well.

Femi arrived and just in time, we were growing tired of IBM and were ready to move on and only had remained due to Fem. He wanted to stay a bit longer, so he could warm up before we move and I we all agreed. It was just as well, as it provided me with some new images to the norm when I took some shots (one seen below) with Femi in shot watching Will as he did a kong over the outer railing. I must remember to experiment more with these type of shots in the future, as it adds a nice dimension to them. While Will was jumping around, he had inadvertently put his hand on a ladybird which prompted me to get some photos of them. Anyone that follows my blog, may remember on occasions I have taken images of lady bugs Continue reading ‘Rain Warriors.’

Portrait City.

The weather this weekend was unpredictable again. I wanted it to be good and yet it seemed like it wouldn’t be for the nearly second month in a row, this made me very sad. It had been so long since I had been out on a Saturday training and with it likely to be raining again, this weekend might be another washout, typically. I woke up at eight,  it was bright with the sun shining brightly, perfect weather for training! To my surprise it remained sunny as I got up and ready. I think the predicted rain had put many off as there didn’t seem to be too many out for the day and I would have been the same had I not woken up early. Adam was set on being out, James seemed to be iffy due to his adductor pull, which had been plaguing him on and off since the Jallenges [1] training session. Even Keaton was set to be out! As time went on, it seemed more people were coming out. I was waiting for Adam to pick me up, though seeing as he was running late I decided to get the bus instead as I was ready to go now.

I got to town just before one o’clock and found David at the Atrium jumping around on his lonesome, waiting for others to arrive. What was more crazy about today was when Jonathan arrived! He was actually out today, he said he might be, but I had heard that many times before without him actually making it out. He said he knew he was going to be out when speaking with me this morning, but wanted it to be a surprise. I can’t even remember the last time he was out to be honest, maybe back in January? Keaton arrived next, though he was wanting to do a spot of Urban exploration later on at the scaffolding field, for a new exploring video of his. What with the success of his most recent video [2] production, which even got featured on various sites and Notts TV too. It wasn’t that long now, until he was enrolled in the Army and wouldn’t be out at all, even though he had started to train more locally at the Parkour park and seemed to be enjoying it in recent months.

 

Jonathan – Portrait.

 

We trained at Crowne Plaza for a bit while waiting for others to arrive. My kong precisions were feeling utter rubbish again and my pulled shoulder and neck were affecting me. It was odd to see Keat scared of diving kongs now as he used to have them in the past. It was one of the movements he wanted to reclaim today if nothing else.  After some drills, he did get them back on all the walls, even the lowest one too. James arrived and started to warm up, along with Phil too. As time was getting on I was ready to move and anyone else who hadn’t made it, knew the drill and when they should have met! So any of those late comers would have to find us, time wasters! We moved into the Old Market Square, where Phil spent some time filming time-lapses of the council house while the rest of us watched and did a few movements as we waited, we had bumped and collected Jennings on the way too. I left Phil to it while a few of us headed off to the Lace Market.

I wanted to check out a church on the way which we had trained at long ago, only for it to be open and so it was a no go for today. We walked around to the side of it which had a small area to train on, but it had some junkies there, getting high. It seemed most places today were inaccessible annoyingly. We bumped into Zulu while making our way to the Adam’s Building, looking very dapper in his clothing and hopefully we shall see him again at the Parkour Park in the future, once Summer arrives. Continue reading ‘Portrait City.’


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