Lismore teen putting the ‘our’ into Parkour
Maxim Murray-Prior has used the internet to learn and develop his skills in a sport he is passionate about.
He is not alone as the sport of Parkour expands across the Northern Rivers as a legitimate sport offered at places like Byron Circus Art, North Coast Gymnastics or Spaghetti Circus.
Maxim, 15, of Richmond Hill has made it his personal goal to get Parkour and Free Running popular in the local area in Lismore.
Wikipedia describes Parkour as "aiming to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible."
Originally derived from the classical military obstacle course it has now taken off in the UK as a full blown sport originally being popularized in early 2000.
Maxim has created his own youtube channel, and is in the process of trying to meet others who have a similar interest.
"It is pretty much jumping from obstacle to obstacle," Maxim said.
"I've done a lot of fitness training for it - a lot of running and a lot of core exercises.
"You really use your leg muscles and it takes a lot of awarenss of your surroundings.
"For the Parkour, which is getting over obstacles and vaulting, that takes quiet a lot fo upper body strength and foot placement control.
""I primarily learnt off the internet and then used the trampoline to fine tune it. "
"But I would suggest anyone wanting to learn to do flips go to a professional who can guide them safely.
"This includes Circus Art in Byron Bay, Spaghetti Circus in Mullumbimby or North Coast Gymnastics which offer actual classes."
Circus Arts Times
Kids - Tue 4pm-5:15pm
Teens & Adults - Tue 5:30pm-7pm
$25 for casual class, $110 for a 5 pack or $210 for a 10-class term (early bird discounts available).
Included in this class are the principles of Parkour, a discipline of movement developed in France with the aim of using the body to overcome obstacles, travelling from point A to point B as efficiently as possible.
Skills include artful methods of running, vaulting, climbing, swinging, rolling and quadrupedal movement, incorporating explosive force to gain height and speed.
North Coast Gymnastic offer a range of classes - go to the website.
Spaghetti Circus offers a range of classes - go to the website.
While there is no official list of 'moves' in parkour, the style in which practitioners move often sets them apart from others, and there are a number of movements considered fundamental.
Some examples of common movements are:
- Vaulting over obstacles
- Jumping and landing accurately with the feet on small or narrow obstacles
- Jumping and landing feet-first on a vertical surface, catching the horizontal top with the hands
- Using a rolling motion to help absorb impacts from larger drops
- Running towards a high wall and then jumping and pushing off the wall with a foot to reach the top of the wall
- Moving from a position hanging from a wall-top or ledge, to standing on the top or over to the other side