March 8th 2009:
The Inevitable Introductory Post
After resisting the urge to start a blog about my parkour for a long time, I have now become convinced that I have something to offer in this type of forum. That alone isn't enough for me to want to take this step. I have weighed the pros and cons and decided it is time well enough spent.
The disadvantages are fairly clear:
This will take time - I am already very pressed for time in my life.
This will be a long term commitment - to continue to update and add thoughts and ideas.
I am opening myself up to further public introspection of my parkour - as much as I'm happy to do what I do and I am confident in my understanding of parkour, there is the fear of accidentally misrepresenting parkour or someone assuming I speak for a particular parkour community.
But the advantages tip the balance enough:
I now have some experience, though still very limited, that I can share to aid others in their personal parkour and community development.
As a fairly analytical person who is pretty good at interacting with people (I think so anyway), I can offer advice in a clear and relatively easy to understand form.
I am not a typical body type for parkour (think front row forward in Rugby) so I can offer support to a unique group of people.
I am one of only a few older people (I'm 28) in the NZ parkour community.
I try to travel around and train with different groups in NZ to actually meet the real people which gives me a good idea of what's actually going on.
What is my involvement in New Zealand parkour?
I started training around December 2006
I've contributed various articles and summaries of useful information that I've discovered during my progress in parkour
I'm a moderator on the www.nzparkour.com forum
I've run introductory sessions for groups of beginners who are out to give parkour a go (some groups of 25+)
I've run regular trainings for high school groups and others for over a year now
I helped to organise a 3 day (unofficial) national parkour gathering
Expect to see on this blog:
A rough outline of my training methods
Articles I've put together about training
My personal progress (goals, etc)
My thoughts and reflections about the NZ parkour community
Parkour events coming up
I hope this will be a source of useful information and an inspiring read for many. Please subscribe and provide me with feedback as it develops.