Saturday, September 26, 2009
(Rain x objects) + Slippery shoes= Slip? Well I guess I decided to take my chances anyways. So I went for it, and my foot slipped all the way across the stairs and I basically levitated parallel to the ground half way there then came down on my hands and knees...it was pretty cool. The second crash was much worse but ten times funnier and I really wish I had it on film but I don't so I am super sorry. But anyways. I was randomly doing front handsprings for fun. I don't know why, probably because I'm working on a legit video with my best moves on it (shhhhh....) it's totally a secret. But I was trying everything I could. So I did it and landed it twice. So the last time I tried I bailed. But it was the coolest bail I could've done... I did a 180 twist in the air (I was kinda pumped) but since I changed the momentum, my feet missed the ground and landed on my back. It was so cool I didn't even care that it hurt. It was so funny. I laughed for a few seconds hoping the girls on the tennis court hadn't seen it. I don't think they did. But this is what the jump looked like. And if you look closely you can see my body outline...but not really. The dark spots are from my constant landings. But it was a very high front handspring. But I've been working on a lot. Done some new parkour moves and new freerunning stuff. I've gotten way better at my handstands. I can walk down stairs and finally stay in one spot for awhile. It's been going well and I'm a lot stronger now in my shoulders. I've just started getting more serious about it. I love it! Practicing everyday feels good. And I'm in better shape because of it. But to get in good shape you have to keep moving. I have a new mindset on how to do it also. If I see something that's possible, I try it. I stopped saying, "maybe another day". I started pushing the limits, but still staying safe. I finally learned that bailing doesn't hurt. Which I think is do to wrestling and having to learn how to land correctly in any situation. So I guess that doesn't apply to everyone. I bailed on a backflip one time because I was tired. It didn't hurt but it scared me at the time. I haven't bailed on one of those in awhile, but it's understandable, I mean everyone falls sometimes. Even the best, like Cane Armitage's new video Adrenaline. Great video. But I am filming a new video to keep you updated on my training. Should be good. I am really looking forward to filming it because I finally have a lot of new things to put in it. So hope to put that out soon. Catch up with yall later.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Cop: "How old are yall?"
Austin: "I'm 15"
Cop: "Do you have any identification?"
Austin: "No sir."
Scott: "Well, I.."
Austin: (Interrupting) "Not with us."
Cop: "Where are yall going?"
Austin: "Just walking around."
Cop: "Yall were up in the garage jumping the gap."
Austin: "We were doing what is called Parkour, do you know what that is?"
Cop: (Blankly stares at me)
Austin: "Okay, no, I guess not."
Cop: "Yall need to stay off government property is that clear?"
Austin: "Yes sir, I'm so sorry."
Cop: "If you see your little buddy you need to tell him too."
Austin: "Yes sir, and I'm really sorry. It won't happen again. Promise."
(Cop races off to go find Mike but clearly goes the wrong way.)
Scott and I decided not to go to the car just yet. There were more cops around and if they followed us and found Mike it wouldn't be good. The fact that we are young got us out of trouble, and he had no way to prove it was us. Not that they would really do anything. Taking us to jail would do nothing. And besides, they can't even prove we did anything. And even if they did, the judge would totally think we were wasting his time. "These boys were jumping the parking garage gap." Yeah, that'll get a big fine. Not. People are to over dramatic. I can't believe someone would resort to calling the cops. Lame. Anyways, Scott and I went to Finley park and walked around then meet up with Mike and left. Went to Chick-Fil-A and got some food. Went home. Later that day we were watching parkour videos and decided to go to the ascot park during a light rain shower. It was eventful and good. And then our day was basically over. Aw, good times good times. Well, it's back to the good ole days.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
My thoughts echo in my head
"You can do this" I said,
The fear strapped me to the floor
"Only other way down is that door"
I glanced over the edge
Not far from the other ledge
Taking a deep breath I began to pace
I knelt down and tightened my lace
And I went off like a gun
My feet barely touched the ground
Then there was no sound
My breath was held tight
I had won the mental fight
rolling out from the sky
I burst out with a sigh
Looking back at where I'd once been
I could see the men
Their smiling faces
had gotten me to these places
Once so far away
were now here to stay
here and now
we traceurs take our bow.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Well, I got my wisdom teeth out. I'm not able to get out of the house for exercise and it is eating me alive. I can't eat hard foods. Which in turn makes me feel as if all my muscles are going to deteriorate because I had a super hard work out the day before surgery so I have no protein to build them back up! It is quite annoying. I have been watching tv and parkour videos all day to keep my mind off....parkour. Dang. Such a genius plan if I do say so myself. I really want to get back to the gym. I'm willing to try anything now. When you don't get to practice for awhile I realized you get better. All the bad habits you learned previously are forgotten so everything is spot on. Well I thought I'd let you share in my suffering, sorry. So I will hopefully get back in the urban jungle soon. But, before I go I must share something I found out about flips. Often people say flips are dumb and a waste of time. I beg to differ. Isn't parkour all about overcoming fears and seeing the world differently? All about getting your body to be agile and in shape. Well if that's true, why is everybody so anti-flip. A flip is a useful tool when needed a smooth exit or entry to a lower altitude. Sometimes it's much faster and sometimes even safer due to less impact. Flips can become the ultimate fear in one's journey and when you learn how to do it, You accomplish a huge mental freedom. It is something that I have used to get a stronger core, and my balance and "sixth sense" has improved greatly. Any failure a lot of times leads to injury. But not when you are always in control. Flips teach great control. So in conclusion I say flips are useful and a great way to teach agility! Good training to all of you!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Well, Feb. 16, 2008 is when I first started doing parkour for real. Feb. 17, 2008 is when I began this blog. In a few days I will go back to the places that I started at many months ago. Back to the beginning where it all started. Back to the basics. In order to keep my foundations of parkour I must remember where I started and constantly remind myself or I will lose my way. So this weekend I plan on filming my one year review video and I think I will call it "Progress" instead of Breeze. It makes more sense. So get ready!!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Traceurs. They train themselves everyday for challenges. Day after day they fight against their instincts to do the impossible. Fear is the enemy and they will battle to the death. These things are just part of the Traceurs journey. Without these things he wouldn't be a real Traceur. There is one thing though that many Traceurs go through that is incredibly annoying and is just another part of parkour. The Law. Everyday Traceurs are stopped and questioned by authorities. "What are you boys doing up there?" or "HEY! Come back here!". It is probably one of the most run into problems of a Traceur. It is inevitable. You can't avoid the cops. You can't avoid the people who don't understand the discipline that call the cops, and you can't avoid spots you will get in trouble if you were caught.
Now before I go on I must remember to say that Traceurs are nothing like skate boarders. In that I mean that they aren't out to cause mischief. They aren't rebels against the world. In fact Traceurs look down on those who rebel against society. Spray paint the walls because they can't stand being "held back by the man". Well Traceurs don't do that stuff. It isn't a Traceurs goal and it hopefully never will be a goal of anyone. So in saying that I must now say, we Traceurs can't stand being caught by anyone and being forced to leave a spot. It's like a parent telling a child that he can't play on the swing set because it's to dangerous. (Trespassing is a different story).
The cops always say "We are keeping you safe." but in reality, if someone was in danger (kidnapping or someone running from the cops) then I think Traceurs could be a bit useful. Cops are bound by rules and are weighed down by loads of gear. Traceurs on the other hand are always ready. Somebody takes the stairs, well, we shoot up the wall and cut them off at the top. They jump to another wall, well, we jump past them and catch them. We train day after day to do these things. It is part of the fun. How cool would it be for Traceurs to be in the paper for catching a theif or saving a person. I mean come on! That is what we strive to do.
The real point of this whole story is, that I've run into a problem. My playground. The beloved playground that has helped me learn so much by just sitting there and being an obstacle. Well, it may have to be put on hold. Here's the story behind it. I used to play tennis. For two years or so when I was a tad bit younger. I was starting to get better eventually. I started to get at my prime. I was getting lessons from a guy. He was a great coach and a decent tennis player. He made me the player that I was in the day. Well I got better but it was football season and in the opening game I missed a tackle, flew out of bounds and broke my arm. My tennis days were over. I never again took lessons or played another match. I didn't care though, I wasn't a tennis man. So recently I have been practicing a ton by myself at the playground and with friends. I kept seeing my old tennis coach on the tennis courts which were over the playground. They were up a small hill. Not far at all. Maybe a twenty second walk max. So anyways my old coach had been seeing me down at the playground. He didn't know it was me. I noticed that he was very suspicious of us. I would occasionally see him pacing around the edge of the playground fence behind the trees (creepy I know) and I didn't know what he was doing. I didn't care much, what was he to say " Stop playing on the playground?" Well a big surprise happened today when I got home. (Remember my neighborhood is very strict and has no tolerance towards anything. It is a bunch of stuck up rich people and I'll be honest, it's no fun. I like the neighborhood and the kids but some people can be a real pain in the nose if you get my drift.) My mom had gotten a call from this guy about the tennis court. It had been vandalized. Someone puts little holes all over it. Big sad face for me. This guy thinks I am some bad kid and now might think I'm the wrong doer. He doesn't know who I am or that he was talking to the very mom of the boy on the playground. (My advantage). He begun talking about a few very suspicious boys on the playground who "shouldn't be there". (Yeah. Whatever. I am the reason that playground even has a footprint on it.) So my mom explained that I do stuff at the playground. "Well it couldn't be him, I taught him and he is a good kid." (As if what I'm doing on the playground is wrong, although the top age is supposed to be 12. My bad. You could say I've got the heart of a kid seeking movement through a playground.) So my mom still said it could be me. "No, no, this kid is about 5'10 and has a shaved head. Uh oh. I just shaved my head, but I'm 5'8. Good guess at the height though. My mom said no more. She didn't tell him it was me. "Well if I see him down there again I'll ask him what business does he have on the playground." At this point I was almost laughing. "Well sir, I take part in a sport called parkour, also known as freerunning in a more common used word. I seek movement on this playground." How do you respond to that? I don't know but he said he may call the cops if he sees those meddling kids again. Well I sure as heck can out run him. But I want to respect my mom. So I have to wait til no one is around to do parkour. Shame. A kid can't play on a playground. Well that's the news for today in this new year. Hope all your trainings are going well. Best of luck to you this 2009. God bless.
-Austin (Shadow Knight)
Sunday, January 4, 2009
*Sprint/Jog- 2 Min Sprint/ 1 Min jog - 30 Minutes Total Every Other day.
*Push ups- 50 a day
*Wall Push ups- 20 a Day
*Sit ups- 50 then go right into 3 Minutes of 6 Inches
*Pull Ups- Work on each day and build up to 25 in one go.
*Curl Ups- " "
*When practicing keep moving no matter what.
*One dessert every other day
*Wall flip solid
*Round off back handspring
*Kick the moon
*Back handspring to back tuck
*Gainer off something
*Round off-back hand spring-back tuck
*Full off something
*Review all steps
*Get solid tumbling (series moves)
*Perfect Moves & have all outside
*Create new goals
Along with all those goals I want to practice parkour everyday and get better and more fluent. This will be tough putting myself on a schedule but it's just adding a little structure to something out of control as of right now. As my friends cousin said, I need to be tamed because I'm here then I'm there and I do whatever I feel like with no structure.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Christmas Break just kicked off and I am already getting some great parkour practice in. I didn't have a wrestling tournament this weekend so I hung out with will and we went out and did parkour all day. I have started working on more training and building strength. I don't have any rock walls or anything like that to work on grip, so I settled for trees. There are these trees in my back yard that are good for jumping back and forth and climbing. I tore up my hands and made them really tough. Will says I look like a monkey which is actually how I felt. Well, I didn't feel like a monkey but I was as smooth as one. I also worked on rolling on concrete. It was very painful on my hips. The next day I could barely sit in my desk. But that's a sign that they will get stronger and soon I will be able to roll no problem. Handstands are coming along steadily. The picture at the top was actually one of my better ones. Mainly because I didn't want to fall because when I did I came crashing into bushes. But it was fun. I went back to my old torn up shoes for awhile because when I use them I have to try a lot harder so I won't slip. I am forced to have perfect technique, otherwise I fail miserably. I finally am eating healthier. I went on a bad food streak but it's over now. I am getting better slowly. More progress will be posted later. MERRY CHRISTMAS and God Bless.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I recently read an article by Chris "Blane" Rowat that really changed my thought process. So many times I have used parkour as a way to look cool or expand my skills in movement for fun. But in all this I forgot what was important to me and all who train parkour seriously. Parkour isn't about show or being the best. It's not about who can do this move or that move. It's not about how quickly you can get better. I can't explain exactly what parkour is to me but I can give you and idea.
Many times I have pushed my body to hard and I've gotten hurt. Nothing that would stop my training though. But I forgot about long term effects. The injuries I'll have when I'm 40 or older. Right now David Belle is starting to get to the age where he should start hurting, well, he isn't. You want to know why? Because he trained since he was very young just learning the basics and slowly building. When I first started parkour, I did it for myself. I had a pretty boring life. Now I have something to occupy my time. Not only that but I have my escape. Everyone needs somewhere to go when they are down or just when they need time for themselves. That was my place. I would practice for hours. I wasn't very good at anything and my progression was super slow. But I loved it. It took me months to get moves that I now teach my friends in two minutes. I had to learn by myself. Trial and Error. That's how I got good. Both physically and mentally. Now I have friends that come along and are as good physically as I am in a matter of days.
The problem here is that it isn't real training. It drains your creativity. It's like taking an art class and them teaching you how to paint. They teach you how to do everything, what makes your art different from everyone else if you all paint the same? It is about your own style. If you constantly go on youtube (I do quite a bit) and search and study these guys (which is fine to a point) then you start to do it like them. You learn but you look exactly like them. That's one thing that makes the parkour world interesting, everyone is different. Everyone has something new to put out there. But when websites are giving the lists of moves for parkour and such, where is our creativity. Now everyone wants to learn the basics but it restricts them in their mind when they see that "these are all the parkour moves".
Parkour is about becoming like an animal. Smooth in all their moves. You have to be useful in life. If people are in danger, we step out and use what we know to save them. If I am going to save someone in a fire, I need to know where they are, how I am going to get there quickly, and find an efficient way out. Parkour covers a lot of that. Even something like a cat in a tree. Well I can get up there and get it out quickly so the firefighters don't have to come by and waste their time on something dumb like that. Basically what I am saying is, you have to be useful. Parkour trains people to be useful. David Belle said in an interview, when we look at a panther crossing a river we say "how beautiful" and then it jumps. But the panther isn't trying to be pretty, it's just trying to get across the water efficiently. That's how we should be. We shouldn't be all about show and does this look good to you. Well to be honest I don't care if it looks good to you. It's all about my progress, my journey. Do you think that Panther started out jumping across that river? No, he had to walk first, then run, then jump, then jump smoothly, and finally jump quickly and smoothly. It took awhile for him to get that good. He didn't walk out and do it. Even though we say he had animal instincts, he still had to learn. Humans walk, but we had to learn how to walk.
Have you ever lost a move because you got scared of that move? I have. A lot of times. I think this is a result of moving to quickly. How do we get comfortable with a move? Well to learn a kong vault I didn't just go out and do it. I took a table that was very tiny and jumped over it. Then I jumped over it with my hands, and finally tried a kong vault. As I got more comfortable I turned the table long ways and tried it. Now I am comfortable doing a kong most anywhere. I learned after working up slowly. These guys who go out and just do the moves are not learning the basics. It's like jumping into a freezing pool, you nearly freeze if you jump straight in. If you slowly work your way in then you get used to the water. I learned a wall backflip once and then I practiced it everywhere. Then soon I fell on my head. I haven't been able to do it since. I tried it with two feet because I was so ready to progress and "catch up" to the people that have been practicing for five years, and then I paid for it.
From now on my training will be very slow. I want to become a great traceur. Not just a really athletic teen. I hope this article helps others see the truth in parkour. It really helped me by just writing it. David Belle once said you should do the move, then do it well, then do it fast and well.
May you all spread the truth about parkour and the original art. It took David Belle over 15 years to get where he is, and it is taking us, what, two minutes? Those people who say we are dangerous and we are going to hurt ourselves doing parkour are right for once. If we continue the path we are going, we will get hurt.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This world is full of complication. Most people live a life of fear and hate. They struggle everyday against problems that don’t matter. Caught up in the world and things that won’t last. Every day they are driven to the brink just because their hair isn’t how they want it or their friend turned his or her back on them. But why? Do they have nothing better to do? Well they can do whatever they want to do, but I train everyday to face these problems, mentally and physically.
One day in 2007, I sat at my computer searching for a video on youtube. I don’t know how I found it, but I came upon a video called The Real Spiderman. I thought it was awesome. At the time I just thought it was a cool video, later I figured out about another video called Russian Climbers or Russian Parkour. I researched it to see what it was all about. I don’t know what truly made me understand it but I learned quickly. I started out just jumping off my porch. I never progressed till later when my cousin remembered I showed him those videos and he found somebody who practiced it. We went downtown to try stuff and learn from each other. It was the best experience ever. I felt so free and strong. I had found something that would stick for a long time.
Since then I have progressed so much. I’ve gotten stronger physically and mentally. I can finally do the moves but I can also go through life without all the stupid problems that everyone else has normally. It feels good to have a burden shed off your back, but try taking it a step further and leaping into the sky. It’s hard to think about the things of this world that trouble you when you are three steps from jumping across a building.
But what is Parkour? Parkour isn’t just being a crazy guy trying something that no normal person would. It is about concentration, power, toughness, freedom, and much more. It’s about someone’s personal journey through life. I sometimes like to view it as a personal walk with God. When you are out by yourself, it is just you, God, and the jungle we call the world. The practice physically is making you strong for those situations you need it. The moves so you can get from point A to point B quick and efficiently. Parkour is about taking your fears and conquering them. Some physical, some mental. It doesn’t matter how you accomplish your task, just that you accomplish it the best way you can. Parkour is about discovering who you are inside. It isn’t a competition between two people, it is a competition between you and the everyday struggles life throws at you.
We see the world differently than the average person. As Kyle Clayton once said in a blog “If life is a chess board, then in terms of movement, the average man remains a mere pawn, moving down the row in one direction, one square at a time, or at best, a rook. A skilled parkourist however, is more in line with the queen, having the ability to move freely in any direction regardless of obstacles. A parkour practitioner relies on training and technique, coupled with primal, animal instinct to overcome these obstacles.” I haven’t found a better way to describe the way we look at the world.
Although not everyone knows about this sport, it is my passion. Most people would see me doing these “stunts” and laugh at me. I really could care less what others think about me. I have been laughed at time and time again for being a loser, but I won’t stop. It’s hard to understand when you are viewing it from the outside. That’s okay, no Traceur expects you to understand. If you see me practicing it around, just smile, wave, and keep going.
It's been awhile since I have updated those of you who still read this. Although I don't write this blog for anyone but myself in order to track progress and see what I have done 5 years from now and when I did it. Anyways I have been practicing moves and getting better at parkour. I have gotten smoother and quicker at all my moves which I was going for originally. One problem is it's wrestling season so I can't get to much done. I worked on my handstands today and I'm getting slightly better. Not much. There has been one move though that I lost and haven't been able to get back and that's the wall flip. I had it, on slanted surfaces, then I landed on my head one day and I slowly got it back. Then I landed on my head again. Now it is a never ending cycle. I lose it then get it back. I just can't get my confidence up enough to get it solidly. I noticed that it is easy to get a move but very hard to get it back once you lose it. I think when you first get it you don't realize the danger, then you get hurt trying it and then you are scared. Once the fear leaves you haven't done it in awhile and all you can do is picture yourself crashing. Well that's my problem at least. Then it is just a matter of doing it because you get in the habit of quitting before you try it. I plan to get over that fear tonight. It'll be tough but my plan is to no longer see it as a fear but more of a move I just can't do yet. If I can't do it, then I force myself to relearn it completely. I will start from step one and build up again. Can't wait to test my theory. I'm sorta pumped. Good training to all of you. (I might make a Christmas special video)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
What have I been up to since last boring mini article. Well just about everything. I have practiced every move in the books. What have I gotten, Gainer, wall runs, parkour type stuff, good front flip, front flip over and off high stuff, almost an aerial, wall flip is a working progress, and much more fluent in all my moves. Sorry to overload you there but it is so awesome. Well Corey joined the team and he is getting good, pretty quick learner. I am working on a video for our school talent show that is pretty cool with Will and I which is pretty cool and should be up soon. We got to go downtown again with Mike and it was fun. Didn't learn much but it was exciting and we had some major fun at the end. In fact we even got frosties from Wendys. No better way to end the day of parkour. Let's talk about our downtown adventure first. We got there and the library was blocked off so we couldn't do much there. We went to the parking garage where I almost got the guts to jump across but decided not to. We left there and went to finley where we did a few things like cat leaps and such. We traveled back and pretended we were a car and just sat at a stoplight. Then we did some stuff behind the library and I had a fun time making fun of all traceurs who have pictures of them by no trespassing signs, as you can see here. So then we practiced cranes, stealth jumps, wall runs, and cat leaps. It was exciting and we got very good. A guy came back there and told us to leave. He insisted we come out the front and Mike said "Little does he know we can climb walls!" and we climbed away in a very extreme way.
Today was interesting. We went through filming so the footage can show most of the stuff we did. But one interesting event was, Will could not get his crane to a big sign. He hurt his ankle and had begun to walk off when a man with kids and a wife drove up (he was an older man) and with his raspy voice said "Try it again!" We thought he was angry at us, he repeated "try it again while we are watching. Will warmed up and did it, as smoothly as yogurt. He looked at the man and he gave Will the thumbs up and smiled, rolled up his window, put his car in drive, and rode away. It was quite strange but he showed up at the right time to help Will. God sent his little helping messenger down to help Will get a move. It was a good day which ended with beautiful weather. I prayed it wouldn't rain (for it was rainy and dark clouds) and God gave me beautiful weather to film in. Thanks to all who read this. God bless.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Today I woke up at seven in the morning to do something spectacular. I went to a gymnastics gym and was taught with George for two hours on flips. Goodness gracious it was fun. George's uncle taught us everything and we are getting good. Wall flips, back handsprings, back flips on the ground. It was crazy. Actually he wants to film us and start a class. To teach free running. How cool is that? He wants us to get a lot better than teach younger kids, and our age kids parkour and freerunning. My dream came true. A class in SC. I'm so pumped. We get private lessons and teach. Sick!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Well on Friday practice was fun because we got two of my friends to come and practice with us. Well they invited us to be honest. We were up and out in a minute. After sitting in my classrooms for a week I needed a break. A chance to run again. A chance to feel the flow. So we taught them a lot then went back home. Will spent the night and that morning we went out. Practice seemed like it would stink. We started off not talking. Will went unto a little bridge in the woods and streched while I got on the playground and stretched. My mind was at peace. The breeze was cool, and soothing. After stretching all the muscles we could have we set out slowly practicing hard moves we normally don't do.I would do something and take a minute break then try again. My moves came smoothly and easily. I would breathe in and out slowly and calm myself. There were no words needed. It was understood what we were doing. We were feeling what it was like to free your mind. Later we stopped because we felt accomplished. We found some sprinklers and cooled off. Most refreshing thing ever. We walked back with our shirts and shoes off enjoying nature's beauty. It was glorious. It was so relaxing and opened my eyes to this world we have. The world of freedom. The freedom of nature. I wish everyday was like this so I could always escape the problems and stresses of this world. Today I will settle for that practice.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
My day started out well, I went to school, had good classes, talked to all my friends, and to close it off practicing flips at a gym. Then I got in the car to leave. I checked my messages. (taking Kyle's idea click here and listen while you read) I had about a two minute message about my cousin Mike's resignation. It is a tragic loss. My best partner and my inspiration crushed because his father was so worried about him he thought he would die doing parkour. They don't understand we don't do it for the stunts or the fame. Just the mindset. The mental accomplishes. If only he could stay and not have to leave this beautiful world that we so cherished. We hadn't had a great relationship till we started parkour. We had hour long conversations on the phone about what we wish to accomplish and what we already had accomplished. Now my phone remains silent. I only have one real partner right now, Will, and I know we can make it through this tough time but it'll be hard. Kyle and I still may go but it won't be the same. Maybe Mike can film for us or something. We will let him edit the movies so he can still have some connection with it. It's like being a Jedi. Even when you leave you are still one with the force. Mike still has the mindset and I know it. You can never truly lose the parkour mindset when you stop. We don't do it for the moves. It's only for the mindset. Mike has broken so many boundaries since he had started but those things he has overcome will never leave him. I also feel bad for Kyle because Mike was his partner for the longest time. They did so much together. If you watch their videos and see them now you'd be pretty amazed they have improved so much mentally and physically. I don't wish to tell Mike good bye from this Parkour world so I won't. It is just understood. "No room for goodbyes in Sparta. No room for weakness." This is the end of Mike's parkour days and we are sorry it had to be this way. We will still get together. It won't be the same. Or will it? Who knows. I'd rather his problem be solved than ours. The parkour world has many obstacles and Mike found an obstacle he can never overcome. No way around it. No way over or under it. He will have to take the sidewalk today. I'm sorry Michael David. May you never forget the times we shared together when we weren't just cousins, we were traceurs. A long time ago I was going to make a movie about a traceur who was on the run, he was solo. That is me today. I am a traceur without his wingman. I haven't missed a day of parkour since Michael David was here about two weeks ago. But today I will not go out and practice, today I will rest, today I will remember.