I fell into liking the whole freerunning/parkour thing because of Ninja Warrior (or Sasuke if you’re a purist). On Ninja Warrior, 100 competitors gather at an obstacle course in Japan and try to beat the four stages of beyond difficult obstacles. From the US, many of the competitors who take on Ninja Warrior have a background in freerunning/parkour. Just this week, G4, which airs Ninja Warrior, wrapped up the Jump City: Seattle series, which featured four of America’s best teams vying for the Pro Parkour Cup. The series was epic as the teams used various locations in Seattle for each week’s competition.
Tempest Freerunning just opened the Tempest Freerunning Acamdey in L.A. I would love to spend some time here. I’m not sure how well I’d do with it because I’m not very agile, but I think it would be a blast to learn what I could. Check out this video of the gym (and look for appearances from the Pro Parkour Cup winning team–Levi Meeuwenberg, Brian Orosco, Paul Darnell and Caine Sinclair). This would be an awesome place to spend summer camp!