Saturday, 17 October 2009

Zeno [Heartbeat]

Just a wee vid from my training sessions. A big thank you to the Parkour community!


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

My new youtube page for just Munros

I have started a new youtube page which will be dedicated in showing my journey in completing as many of the 284 Scottish Munros (Mountains over 3000ft).

I will still be uploading my Parkour videos to my regular youtube page



Friday, 7 August 2009

District 13-Ultimatium (Update)

Just when I was looking forward to seeing District 13 Ultimatium (D13-U)a> at the end of July, for some reason it the release date has now been move to the 2nd October 2009.

The good thing is... Today I pre-ordered the DVD version which will go on sale on Amazon for 26th October 2009.

Should be good!


Monday, 29 June 2009

Why conditioning is important!!!

Towards the end of last year i cut out a lot of the conditioning and focused primarily on my technique. Not because I find condition too hard or boring like many people think who try Parkour. I cut back on the conditioning to enable my body frame to become lighter and to really improve my technique by focusing on just doing Parkour. Yes I became leaner, yes I improved my technique and yes my jump and Parkour vision increased.

So I should be happy that most aspects of my Parkour was improving... What I did overlook was my resistance/body armour from being very strong, had now slowly decreased, and the larger jumps and drops where becoming more demanding for my body even though I did not notice at first.

During the Springtime this year, i was given a little warning from a small fall at Vauxhall in London. It was just a simple fall and I saved myself. So what's the big deal? Well I managed to injure my wrist, which took a good almost three months. I have bailed and saved myself many times before in the past, but I have been strong and resilient enough to handle it. However with my body's strength was not as strong as it should have been, therefore I picked up an injury.

Over the past months this year I have also read in online forums, videos and even seen Traceurs who neglect their conditioning in favour of doing the big jumps and drops, as they want to do the so called impressive stuff right away, only to find out their body cannot handle it. Parkour is not a race to see who can do the biggest or most dangerous obstacles. It is about improving your abilities safely and sensibly through training and helping others.

I would also like to point out that Parkour did not start out with the original French Traceurs/Yamakasi doing big jumps right away, but was born from strength training, from who could lift what, how many reps and various strength, power and edurance challenges; from which the urban obstacle cource evolved from to what we know as Parkour/ADD/Freerunning.

There are many Traceurs out there who can do the big impressive jumps in less the time it took the older or more experienced ones to do. However fail to see the short comings from dilution. I cannot express how important it is to read Blanes article "Dilution"

I will take my own path in Parkour and if it takes longer than others, then so be it! I want to be doing Parkour long term. So conditioning will be a balanced and integral to my Parkour training, and help me to be strong and resilient.

To be really good at anything takes plenty of time and repetition and does not happen quicky, and taking shortcuts will show!


Friday, 17 April 2009

The power of a push up.

Giving Parkour the right impression to the public and the authority is very important. However the general public and authorities such as the Police, Security Guards and Neighbourhood Watch may be unaware that you are training for Parkour. And think that you are up to no good and are being a nuisance or being reckless.

So how do you educate the person watching you? How do you give a positive, respectful image to Parkour to the ones who think you are causing trouble?

A technique I do very often, such as when I see the likes of a security guard approaching is to drop to the ground and do 10 or more push ups. Why you say? Well the general person can identify with the push up, as a form of exercise, and then from that mental image are the positive connotations of strength fitness & discipline.

In a world where first impressions count, a positive impression of Parkour is important and so is the push up.

9/10 times this technique has worked for me, if I am told to move on, I look them in the eye, smile and say no problem – and move on. If you make lots of noise during your training or damage property then you cannot expect to get respect.

It is good when someone comes up to you, showing curiosity and asking nicely what you are doing - but for the ones who may judge you without a conversation, then visual communication is equally important. Show them you are strong and disciplined. That is the power of a push up.

Try it and see...

Thursday, 5 March 2009


I have signed up to twitter to record various training achievements and what I have been up from now on. The reason why i am doing this is friends are always asking what I am up to right now or what have I done today, what my nutrition is, and I feel like am repeating myself a lot. So from now on if they want, they can follow my training achievements, diet and quick thoughts in short bite size bit of information. Also the twitter serves as a good way to log/record small goals, and good to help on feedback and tweak my training accordingly.

Training update

Now that Spring is almost here, I have decided to shed my Winter insulating fat and lighten my frame a little more, by doing more extra Cardio, and refining my diet.

So today I went for a jog from my house to Victoria Park, around the pond and back to my house. I plan to beat my time each time I execute this specific "Pond Run"

I will update this thread with a completion time, as to record and monitor my progress.

My first goal is complete the Pond run circuit in less than 16 minutes.

1st Attempt: 19'40.50 5th March 2009 (Cold & damp day).
2nd Attempt: 18'03.03 7th March 2009 (Light rain day).
3rd Attempt: 16'38.45 11th March 2009 (Damp day).
4th Attempt: 15.23.05 18th March 2009 (Sunny Spring day).

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

District 13 Ultimatum (D13-U) Website

Another trailer plus additional behind the scenes clips too!

District 13 Ultimatum website in English, click here.

Released in France 18th Febuary 2009 and around late July in the UK


Monday, 2 March 2009


One Year on, Glasgow Parkour hosts the second Scottish Parkour Gathering.
With a few twists on last year's day - the format will be more informal and traceurs will get the opportunity to take a 'grand tour' of most of the main spots of the city.

For more info Click here!!


If you have any questions about this day, you can post your question in the Glasgow Parkour Forum, by clicking here!

See you there!


Thursday, 22 January 2009

Looking back on 2008

My mental and physical ability has improved these past few weeks and I am looking forward in seeing what I am really capable of leading up to Spring 2009...

Below is a chronological set of clips, (January 2008 to December 2008) of my Parkour Journey.

The point of posting this clip below is to draw a line of where my ability was, as I feel different now as my mind, body and spirit are very close to being in harmony.


Friday, 2 January 2009

DISTRICT "B13" 2 : ULTIMATUM (trailer)

DISTRICT "B13" 2 : ULTIMATUM (2009) - Official Trailer [HQ] Cyrill Raffaelli - David Belle

Release date 18th February. :o)