Posts Tagged 'Edd'

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 arrived  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.’


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. Continue reading ‘Bulwell Bravado.’

Dizzi’s Derby Birthday Bash.


Dizzi – Shift Merchandise.


This weekend I was attending a big jam in Derby, due to it being Dizzi’s birthday and it had drawn quite the interest on the Facebook event. People from other cities were confirmed to join in on birthday festivities, I don’t think there has been such a big training session in Derby in many years. This was going to be a nice change of scenery for me and a good day of jumping and seeing some of the Derby folk. I hadn’t been to Derby in years, I think the last venture there [1] was sometime  in 2011. I didn’t even know about the event until I was informed by Adam, I was unsure about going at first, but as the numbers on the event increased it seemed like a no brainer. My biggest problem I faced now was getting enough sleep. All week I had been going to sleep at around 4am, my sleep pattern was once again messed up. I had gone to bed just before 1am and yet was still awake at 4am the last time I checked my phone. I woke up at 9am feeling utter rubbish, it felt like I had hay fever, my nose constantly running and then being stuffy and sneezing. I doubted I would be ready in time to get to town and over to Derby wit the rest.

Originally, some of the guys were going to meet at Plaza for 11am before travelling on bus over to Derby. I knew I wouldn’t make that and so decided to go of my own accord, even though it was cheaper ticket wise to go in a bigger group. It was half past ten and somehow I was ready for half eleven and out the house about to get the bus into town. It felt earlier than normal to be heading off at this time compared to the usual one o’clock. Mat and the others were still meeting in town but said they would wait until I arrived before getting the bus. I estimated getting on one around 12pm, plus I highly doubt people would be in Derby until after that, if not later. I got to Vic Centre bus station where Mat, Aide and Luke were but some were missing, they said Daniel and Reece had gone to Primark… Why would they go now, when we were about to go to Derby?! There was a bus already here and rather than wait for them to return we decided to get the bus and be on our way, with a group ticket. Sat at the table on the bus and excited, the adventure had begun and we were on route to the Derby Birthday Bash….


Aiden – Kong Precision.


There was a bit of trolling from Mat and Luke to Reece  on the phone, when they rang them to ask where they were and that they had already left without them. We arrived in Derby before 1pm, it was a quick journey and I knew the others would be arriving via train, if not already there. We made our way over to the Korean Memorial, just as we were doing this Adam rang to see where we were, I said we were just walking to the hotspot now. There were already many people out, it’s the busiest I’ve seen the Korean in a long time and it was set for even more people to arrive later too. There were people stood around, training, flipping and having a laugh. There were so many younger practitioners too, none that I knew personally and had only seen some via videos online. It felt humid and hot like summer, I was already melting and was just in a tee, I said hi to the people I knew and then put my bag down to get warmed up. I wanted to take many photos of today, but with so many out it was hard to know what to shoot and then I wouldn’t get much training in myself if I made that a priority.

James, Phil and the others arrived, I’m surprised we had beat them here in all honesty. Many were doing the small kong precision, doing it as a diving kong, running precision, box jumps and other combination of movements and flips. It was good to see Mat and Aiden nail the kong precision too, it was one of those moves which felt like a proper kong precision, with the slight drop between the walls and the blind run up. There were so many different teams and communities all in one place, we had (Street Media) then you had the newly formed (Shift) guys, (Team Fluidity) from Leicester and the Alfreton (TTE Media) I’m sure there were other smaller lesser known groups here too. It was good to see  so many had come together for the event, I’m so out of touch with the Parkour scene now. I didn’t know half of the groups or people here. I joined in with the kong precisions, and it felt nice to still be able to do them without too much effort. Continue reading ‘Dizzi’s Derby Birthday Bash.’

Lenses, Portraits & Handstands.


Parrish – Portrait.


Another weekend and another week I went out training, I arrived to the jam a bit later than normal to find Plaza desolate apart from Pete and Adrian of all people, who had mentioned he may venture out due to his new camera he had. It was strange to see the area so quite and even stranger still to see Adrian out, his hair was so long now almost as much as my own. He was busy snapping away and I had to make sure to dodge the ambush of burst shots he was taking while walking around. It wasn’t too long before Yaz arrived with Abdur and was equally shocked about Adrian’s presence and asked who are you? I thought you had died?! It was good to see Abdur out again too as it has been years since I had last seen him so it was good to catch up and see how he has improved since last we trained. Phil, James and Zain arrived one after the other to the quieter session and with seeing as there wasn’t many of us out we were deciding where we should go next. Phil said he was feeling forest as was I, seeing as some of the community was talking about visiting that spot again since it has been revamped and its a vast area to spend most the day at.

Just as we were leaving, Holbrook arrived and seemed rather deflated that people were wanting to go there as if he had known he would have just got off the bus while on his way into town as SM were already there and had text for him to join them. Yaz was the most reluctant about the journey and James didn’t seem to want to travel too far either. We made our slow walk to Forest to meet the others there, little did we know some of the Trent Parkour people had arrived in town to train hours after the meet up time. They couldn’t find any practitioners even after looking at the areas we know we usually train at (this is one of the reasons we have a set meet up time, so you know where people are if you have no form of contact and so we remain in a group, together) I guess some people never think of that and accept we will always be in the city centre and the usual spots week in week out. It was the second week in a row we had visited the Forest Recreational Ground, I guess after hearing good things about it the previous week it made others want to check it out this weekend too.


James – Portrait.


Parrish and the SM guys were doing some crazy movements as they always do, crazy strides, diving kongs and precisions. Joe let me borrow his zoom lens to see what I thought to it, it was frigging awesome compared to bog standard 18-55mm lens I was used too. I so need to get myself some new glass for my camera in the future so I can create some different looking shots and expand my portfolio. Eddie was sizing up a downwards, diagonal double kong over the walls people usually did a kong precision. Continue reading ‘Lenses, Portraits & Handstands.’

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