Posts Tagged 'Nottingham Parkour video'

2017 – New Year, New Beginnings.

 

It’s another New Year and with it, a fresh start for many, in regards to training…

You will have already heard the classic New Year, new me line. The same false promise made by each person that says it at the start of year. That same false promise which 98% of people only last a a day or two, with the rare couple lasting a week or so at most, before things fall back to how they were before the start of the year. It’s hard not to fall off the bandwagon, with so many temptations and an engrained way of thinking and habits which are hard to break out of.

It was looking like it was going to be a great day of training, with lots of the community members out. I was feeling rather excited for it, so much so that I found it hard to sleep the night before! I woke up at seven, drifting back off until nine. The sun was bright and shining almost through my closed curtains, I could see a bight blue sky too. It all seemed very promising indeed. When I did finally lull out of bed at around ten and opened them, it was a different story all together! It was misty, wet, like it had rained heavily over night. I doubted it would dry up today. Quite a few people had their doubts too and decided not to train today due to the wet weather.

 

Patryk – Portrait.

 

The day was ruined and I wasn’t feeling like training now either, such frustration. Sark asked if I was out (since when does he come out?!) I said no. He didn’t want to waste petrol, only for no one to be out training and so thought he would check first and then decided against it. Michael was going to be out, even with this bad weather. His reason was that he wanted to get out of the house and jump. Perhaps I should go out regardless too? I do hate training when it’s raining or has been raining, as your trainers remain wet. Worse is getting to and from spots, feeling like you have been trampling through puddles due to the constant contact with moisture. It drains my motivation no end and when you slip you are reminded why rain training is a bane.

James seemed to be on a downer about the day too. Patryk was feeling the same but said lets just go anyway, forget about the rain! I was nearly ready anyway, so I might as well go and see how the day turns out, motivated or not. I will be honest with how it was currently I was fully expecting it to be rubbish day, so with that expectation anything other would be a win? While on my way into town on the bus, I could see all the paths and roads were still wet, wetter than I expected and it looked like more rain was to come if the horizon was anything to go by with all the dark clouds. It’s why I was so amazed to find Reece, Adam and even Luca out once I arrived at Plaza.

Continue reading ‘2017 – New Year, New Beginnings.’
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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.’

Ghettos, Bridges & Mental Barriers.

 

It was set to be a great day, with many out for some summer jumping. Even if Jallen sadly wasn’t to be out this weekend, instead opting to be at the cinema in Birmingham, to watch Suicide Squad. I was really looking forward to being out, so much so I had headed off to town early to get my training under way. When I arrived, I was sad to find David wasn’t out today. I had hoped to do some filming and he helps keep me motivated while training as we vibe off each other with the movements we try. I was feeling a bit demotivated about the day now, but as the masses arrived that soon changed. Well, that was until I was hit by extreme fatigue and not too sure why. I was feeling unsure what to practise, doing a few k2ps while we waited for the stragglers to appear before we moved on. Phil was meant to be out, but as of yet he wasn’t. Patryk was late too, for whatever reason.

One highlight of the day was after Frankie rode in on his bike, some of us kept ringing his bike bell, much to his annoyance and it wasn’t just me that got enjoyment from doing it either! I think it secretly got to him, as he covered it up soon after so none of us could ring it again and asked us politely not to do it again. But, did we listen to that warning…?! We ended up moving over to Audo to train and that is where I captured some footage at various points of the day, collecting footage for a few weeks to see what I had and maybe make a video. I did the small upward precision near the side of the area, which I had struggled to do in recent times. I still hated it whenever I did it though, that feeling never change. What a strange jump, only ever so slightly upwards and with a sign in the way for craning the jump.

 

Patryk – Precision.

 

Dizzi did a precision further down the set of steps, the mid section which I think is around about ten to ten and half (of my shoe) feet across. So very few people have done and do that jump, well except the big jumpers. It still blows my mind, whether it’s because it looks bigger than it is due to the steps widening as they go down, but it always looks massive. I joined Frankie, doing a precision to a slab that had a lamppost in the middle of, he of cause did it easily. Even though he said he felt he wasn’t as in tune with his precisions as he normally was. That he found it a hard jump too!? I was only just hitting the jump and felt ugly compared. Everyone was dotted around the area, doing their own movements. I was unsure where to go next and what to practise, that was until I saw Patryk had found a new, I say new but what I mean to say is a jump that I haven’t seen before nor have I ever seen anyone else do it.

It was fresh, but looked horrible too. I decided to film Patryk doing it, although he seemed to be unable to land it now, bouncing the jump each time. Much to his frustration, I guess the added filming pressure had got to him. I wanted to have a go too, but it felt insanely far, bigger than I could reach currently. Not to mention it was scary to hang in the air for the landing and if you didn’t commit, well you had the awkwardness of buckling on the steps. I got Frankie to come and have a look, he took one look and laughed before prepping for the jump. I think Frankie felt the same with the awkwardness of it, as he kept jumping to the side of the steps. While filming, I felt due to the Cinstyle profile I have on my camera, it made everything seem very drained and even hard to see on the viewfinder when filming. I hope the video clips come out okay, as I couldn’t see anything while filming and wasn’t even sure I liked the setting.

 

Ben – Running Precision.

 

Patryk was also practising a nice run involving a lazy vault, running stride up the steps, dive roll and other movements linked together. A very Euro style, different and I like that. It’s always nice to see linked movements and people using the same areas we have trained for many years, differently. Again, it is something we need to practise more of, even after all these years we are still very singular in the movements we do. Then you get people from other countries who visit Nottingham and then you see the different style instantly. Gio is another great example of another practitioner that was able to link movements and do crazy runs as well. In the past there are stages where the community will start to practise a few movements together, like with anything it soon diminishes over time and then we fall back into old habits.

I finally mustered the courage to give the Audo precision (seen above) which everyone did downwards, as a running upwards precision instead. Patryk did it easily and Damo was contemplating trying it as well. For some reason I liked it more as a running box jump! While Damo was stating he would do it, getting cocky and yet when he was landing to the side of it on the floor to gauge if he would make it, he somehow managed to land awkwardly, jarring his back, and looked like both ankles buckled too. To which Phil and myself looked at each other like WTF?! Continue reading ‘Ghettos, Bridges & Mental Barriers.’

Nottingham Parkour Park Video.

Today marks the release of my long overdue Nottingham Parkour park project. I had planned to make a video of myself training at the Parkour park, long ago, back in 2015 if I remember correctly. I couldn’t make one any earlier since I was out of commission due to injury in 2012 and then the park was built in 2013. I felt I didn’t have the time, plus I had quit training with being injured. Nor was I at full strength from surgery in 2014 either. So it was only in the later stage of 2015 that I could make a start to the project. I decided that once I was back to full strength I would make the video, not that I felt I was going to train again with how long I had been injured.

The Parkour park was completed and open to the public as of June 29th 2013 and since then has been used by many, for both training Parkour and callisthenics. Even though it has been around since then, very few videos of training there have cropped up. I’ve seen perhaps a few individual clips and ever so small features in some videos, but nothing of a day of training as such. Maybe I am just unaware of those videos or even the ones who have ventured to the park and or use it frequently. For anyone who is interested in training there and wants to be up to date, there is a dedicated page to the park [1] where you can discuss all things park related and is well worth joining.

 

 

I had mocked up a list of movements I wanted to film and then chose to go out on only the sunniest of days to keep a consistency with lighting. I wanted an array of movements, the list felt basic and small. Over time, more got added and then I had in hindsight too many clips. It really had been too long since I had last produced a video (2011) in fact! Long have the days pasted of training samplers, even yearly videos. Just like the training in itself has changed and evolved over the years. Many videos nowadays are raw type movements, no music just the sounds of the practitioner moving amongst their surroundings. Much like my own RAW series I started [2] on my other channel.

It’s amazing that people still don’t know about the park’s existence, even after all this time and that people are still actively training there. Not saying that it was going to NOT get used, but over time people dwindle. I wanted my video to give an idea of not only the park’s size and structure, but what there is to do there movement wise too, with the basic movements and then the more creative ones also. As when people first arrive at the park, very few know what to do and feel it is limited. Continue reading ‘Nottingham Parkour Park Video.’


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