Before I started learning parkour four years ago, I was shy and had no confidence, coordination or balance. I was a tiny little guy that spent all his time on the computer.
But once I caught the parkour bug, all that changed. I couldn’t stop! You could see improvements in my balance and my concentration, and as I built my confidence in my jumps and flips, I could transfer that into other parts of my life. I used to be nervous - now I feel I can do anything.
I am concerned that parkour still divides communities, with many people thinking it’s just anti-social behaviour.
There have been occasions when I have been encouraged to fall, land on my head, and break my neck. It’s disrespectful – people don’t understand what we’re doing and the hard work it’s taken to learn our skills.
With the help of Fixers, I want to challenge this negative view and help people see parkour as an art form.
I’m hoping to create a film to show parkour as a creative activity, with benefits for both body and mind.