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May Fourteenth.

I woke up at ten, I was still really tired even though I had, had a long night of sleep. More than I am used to these days. I had the previous night been editing a Parkour park video. A long overdue project of mine, which I might add had been in production since, last year?! I never got around to editing the video after acquiring all the footage, but now I had made a start trimming all the clips where on the timeline came to twenty minutes. It’s no wonder I had left it so long! I was feeling groggy and unsure about being out, though it was a lovely sunny day. I started to make a move and was ready before 12pm, deciding to go out earlier than the 1pm and got to town with David. When we arrived there was no one else out early, unusual. Not even Mat who always claimed to be out from ten or earlier…

We trained at Plaza until others arrived there for the usual meet up time of one, maybe even later. It seemed I now had rubbish kong precisions. I was going towards the landing wall, as in only landing on it and servilely crouched. I seemed to be using all my legs for the jump rather than pushing with my arms as well, it was deeply disappointing and I couldn’t seem to change the technique. I moved over at the Atrium I couldn’t do or get the distance for a precision jump across some slate due to the height, drop or just a general fear. Man, what a day it was becoming… I text James telling him that I was already out and where the hell was he? He thought at the time, that I was Phil and then text him back instead of myself. We moved over to IBM and then slowly but surely people starting to arrive in small trickles.


Max – Tic Tac Precision.


I found the running precision from one of the walls near the end to the railing easier than I did before, finally something which I did retain! The standing precision also felt good to do. Today, Jallen wasn’t feeling things either, as he didn’t do the running precision which he had really good the last few times. It seemed I wasn’t the only one suffering an off day. Adam arrived, he wanted to do movements but felt rubbish and fearful of jumps for some reason too. The day claiming yet another Nottingham practitioner. For some reason (first in a long time) a plastic policeman asked for us to move on due to it being private property. Yet, we never (normally) get moved on and it seemed like it was going to be one of those days as he had no understanding, leniency nor did it seem like he wanted to either.

We ended up moving over to Auditorium, a place which people seemed to dislike today. Once we got into the training groove after warming up, we found movements to practise. It was feeling a good day now as there were a few new challenges I hadn’t seen or tried before. The guys were box jumping up onto a wall which increased in height. There was vaulting over a railing (seen below) with different vaults to a wall, before vaulting off. A few did it as a running clear the rail to the wall before vaulting off, seen in the first portrait images. I filmed a few clips for my new RAW video and collected a few clips of the guys training as well. Zain had arrived, after texting me earlier to stay there until he had arrived. He was the same person who pointed out trying to do a tic tac precision off this metal plant pot. It looked horrible and like it might be slippery, much like a spoon was Zain’s analogy of the movement.


Aiden – Kong.


It wasn’t that bad when you applied the right pressure to the metal, if the angle was wrong it did cause you to slip, which a few experienced. On landing it felt right to add palm spin. I do like how some of the shots of that movement came out, even if Max was pulling some silly faces during. Another late comer was Frankie, asking where we were all located. To which I text him back ‘FU, be on time and then you would know…‘ Which I think went down great, I did of course tell him our location after that. Continue reading ‘May Fourteenth.’


25th January 2015.


David – Precision.


I was, as always on a Sunday, late waking up for the afternoon training session. Unsure whether to be out due to the weather predictions of rain. I asked Chris via PM if he would be out today, after having an interest in coming out yesterday. His reply was somewhat comical – ‘FML (fuck my life). I think, that any exercise today would be asking for injury. I’ll come to the park one weekend when I’m slightly more adapted to this Parkour stuff…’ Needless to say this had me rolling in laughter, and feeling bad for him at the same time, since he was out yesterday at the community training session. I left him with his muscular pains and with that I got ready and headed over to the park to see who was out this afternoon. It was quite a cold day too, with a chilling wind, not even my scarf was saving me from the gale. I arrived to find Mat, Luisa and David already there, jumping around and keeping warm. At least the park wasn’t loitered by kids due to the weather today!

I wasn’t feeling like training in all honesty, I had a pulled right latissimus (lat) God knows how that had happened. My legs were still feeling sore and tired from training earlier in the week, it was cold, windy and my current mood wasn’t helping motivate me. Though, on warming up with some skipping and general Parkour movement I began to feel a bit better in myself and wanting to train. My muscle ups felt stronger today oddly enough, but I didn’t want to temp fate with the pulled lat by doing lots of upper body work. Best to rest and recover, rather than antagonize. I filmed a couple of video clips to see how movements looked, as well as taking a few photos. Though I didn’t get as many as I would normally like and you can tell by the quality of them, at just how rushed they were. Mat and Luisa were only out for a bit this afternoon and so once they had left it was just David and myself left training at the park. The park felt deserted, I doubted I would be out much longer due to how cold it was.


David – Cat 180 Precision.


I drilled the main precision jump a few times, managing to do a precision box down to the wall, which was feeling easier the more I did it. David wanted to practise the running stride down to the wall, which felt and looked horrible and so I didn’t dare try that as of yet. He also did some box jumps (seen below) to kong over the wall at the end. I had a look at the main upward precision too, it always seemed so far away and yet I said I would give it a go, not really thinking too much about it as my jumping ability is rubbish currently. To my surprise I ended up getting to it, craning it with one foot on top of the wall and one just below it, bouncing off. David was quite shocked and then contemplated trying it too. Continue reading ’25th January 2015.’

A bag of Chalk, OJ & Pull-ups.


David – Tic Tac Precision.


I was rather disappointed that no one had posted up in the Nottingham Parkour Park group saying that they were out training today. It seemed that Elliot was far too busy loving off his air flaring men to be out himself today, a new found B-boy passion it seems. No Jack this week either, it would seem that he is dropping off the grid and there was no Sark either. I decided I might as well stay home, as everyone I had asked about training came to no avail. Steve had invited me to join him for his weekly bike ride, but seeing as I had only just woke up, it would be hours until I would be ready to go anywhere and it wasn’t that long until he was setting off out anyway. I didn’t really fancy riding a bike all day, doing a leg based workout, that and my ankle may have been sore from it being still fairly fresh from the operation too. My mindset was one of a lazy person, from an excited training state of mind, I quickly fell into a dull, bored state. It wasn’t until later on when I was browsing the Parkour park group that I saw Owen had posted that he wanted to come out to train from 2.30pm, with that I had less than forty five minutes to get ready. I was glad in many ways that I had someone to train with, but not so glad for the rushing around I had to do in the meantime to be on time. I arrived on this sunny day to find David already out training and a towering, tanned henchness with him. David informed me that this guy, Lewis was out today to see what the park was all about and he had mentioned he knew me. I couldn’t place him, I vaguely remember the name and then I realized it was the same dude who had asked about the park training sessions a few weeks ago and was from down south, Torquay way. If I had known he was down I would have been out earlier, he had come by while the sun was out as he was on his way to visit family in Doncaster and so took a detour here.

Lewis was already very physically strong and ahead of most, to say that he had only recently transitioned into callisthenic training. He could already do nice muscle ups after a small tweak to them, he was amazed that he could do them on these bars double armed as at other places he had them one at a time. He also had strong pull ups, dips and press ups, with a keen interest in learning some more of the Parkour based movements. I showed him the basic movements and some of the more stranger workout ones too, Owen had arrived and was eager to workout, and thrilled to see a fellow big man out. There was much man love going on, muscle ups galore now and I was envious I still hadn’t got my doubled armed ones back yet. My lats were still pretty sure from the other day from doing some dips then holding the bars across me and you walk out until horizontal and then walk back to a dip. It’s easier to see it in action rather than explaining here in the blog. Lewis mentioned he had some resistant bands, which can be used for pull ups and muscle ups and that sometime he will bring them along for us to try some time as they can really help with reps and technique. Chris was out today too along with his cousin, some fellow street workout guys I have got to know when both training the park at similar times. They were often at the park training, more focuses on pull ups, dips and press up routines. Today was very busy at the park and even on the field, it felt like a kids sports day… Continue reading ‘A bag of Chalk, OJ & Pull-ups.’

Carlton Cruising.

Seeing as I was able to walk now without my ankle hurting me, I bandaged it up and decided I would arrived in town to surprise everyone who thought I wouldn’t be out training any time soon. People who asked if I was going to be out, I told them I wasn’t so when I did arrive in town I was greeted by shocked people and lots of man hugs.

Myself, Zain, Diogo and Yaz decided we should go to Carlton again and so we caught the bus to make it quicker than walking. Denis who said he was going to be ten minutes late to Diogo before he left his flat was nowhere to be seen as usual! He said to us later in the day he arrived at twenty past twelve, which was a lie as we had waited until half past. To try to cover his ass for the fact he was late and didn’t even leave his house until 12pm due to being busy playing on a game. He then had the cheek to complain and moan that we haven’t waited for him and gone off to a far area without him!

We started off training at the Old Brickyard as we arrived in the area there where some small kids coming back from the local shop and hanging around. They stopped and watched what we were doing, discussing that we were Freerunners, who we were and that we were sick at the things we were doing. I really like the Old Brickyard it has lots of small walls and rocks for precisions, k2p’s and running precisions. This area really is good for beginner and intermediate practitioners. Today was a great day for training, the sun was shining and sun rays keeping you warm and this area was peaceful. I really wanted to move and train but my ankle didn’t permit me too and it really did frustrate me, I tried to jump into a handstand and it made my foot crack.

Yaz – Running Precision. (Burst shot).

A friendly guy came out of the shop with his son and daughter and started talking to us, asking what is the worse we have been injured, who is the sickest out of us all, and that he has watched people on TV and YouTube do it. His son kept climbing the walls and wanted to join in with what we were doing. The guy said his son fully trusts you and if he was to say jump off the wall he would and knows no real danger.

I had, had enough of being unable to train and decided to do some one-legged precisions on the near-by walls. Then I decided to try them double footed while distributing the weight fully on my good leg and very little weight on my injured foot. This seemed to work great and I practised a few more precisions landing quieter than I have ever done before. I am able to jump on my toes for a while before pain starts to kick in, so soon I will be able to skip so I hope. I spent my time filming and getting photography of the guys training in the area.

While sat down talking and having a break a group of ‘chavs’ came walking up the street like they owned it. We all know the kind and they instantly said ‘these lads are freerunners’, then asked if we were, to which Diogo answered ‘yea’ in a sarcastic manner. One of them said ‘can you do a backflip?’ Diogo answered with a ‘Yea, no problem’. The same chav then said ‘do one then, show us’, Diogo stood up and did a layout of the wall. They were in awe and were like ‘see I told you they were freerunners and can do flips’, before walking off talking about what they had just witnessed.

I guess for these low life cretins anything other than walking with a limp with their asses hanging out there low hung joggers is deemed impossible and out of their reach. So when they see something which isn’t just a basic precision but a somersault they can’t even comprehend how hard it must be to do and so are only but amazed.

Zain – Lazy Vault.

The area has so much potential for linking movements together as I saw when Yaz was doing some striding into a 360 pole swing then into a diving kong. It made me even more annoyed I couldn’t train and try things. We moved over to the giant concrete ball and got Yaz and Diogo to try to get on top of it as they had never tried or been here before. I had seen other people misjudge the run up and slam right into the ball. Luckily, they didn’t do that and I got some posing shots of the guys on top of the ball much to the amusement of a passer-by.

There was a silver bench with two stone pillars next to it and it also had small wooden stumps. I asked Yaz to take a look at the upwards precision, as he jumped the metal rungs on the bench bend down and so making it harder for him to take off and jump so he had to jump even more to make sure he got it.

I had got a call from a very angry Denis asking where I was and why had we gone so far away exploring, at a rubbish area. When in fact we were quite enjoying ourselves in the area and it was far from ‘rubbish’. He was also saying he was late and missed the bus (his usual lame story) and asked if Zain was with us and for me to ‘give back Zain, give him back please’. He obviously felt lost without his training buddy, we made our way back down to the Carlton college are to meet up with everyone else.

James expressed his anger of the day after he had walked to the market square then heard everyone was in Carlton and was contemplating not even training but then went home to get his car to drive down there as it was easier. People were training hard and having fun. It was good to see Ashley had got some interviews and had some training footage from the day. We set up the camera in a quiet area for a few more interviews for his university project, which is on Parkour and the Npk scene.

Overall it was a great day and I am glad I ventured out the house to see everyone and do some very light training. I hope to do the same again next week and hope it won’t be too long until I am back to full healthy and training.

Photo review.

Yaz – k2p.

Yaz – Balancing along the bollards.

Zain – Balancing along the bollards.


Yaz – Running Precision.

Yaz – Same Level diving kong.


Yaz ready for a cat to cat.

Yaz helping Diogo get on top of the ball.

Yaz chilling on the giant concrete ball.

Zain looking like a pet waiting for his master to acknowledge him.

Me giving Zain a kick up the ass to do some training!

Happy Diogo.

The guys talking about moves to be done.

Me filming and Charlie.

Photo time! With Zain, Yaz & Charlie.

Parrish – k2p. James being depressive in the background!

Parrish – Diving Kong.

James and his big lens.

James taking photos of Denis doing the running strides.

Zain trolling the shot.

Zade(Me) – talking about Parkour.


Yaz – Hanging Around.

Diogo – Running Precision.

Diogo – Sideflip.

Yaz – Pole swing.

Diogo: Look at him!

Yaz and the giant orange ball.

Ball buddies!

More ball fun!

Zain holding Yaz.

Pose time! With Diogo, Yaz & Zain.

Diogo – Handstand.

Yaz – Precision.

Zain being Gusta again.

Yaz – Running Catleap to the window ledge.

Yaz – Dyno across to the window ledge.

Yaz – Hanging Around.

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