FREE-RUNNING instructors of 'Street Motion' have launched sessions in Plymouth for the first time. Free-running is an action-filled sport which involves moving through the surrounding environment, passing over obstacles with speed, fluidity and power. The sport requires no expensive equipment to get started. All you will need is some jogging bottoms and some decent trainers. The classes are taught at Lipson Community College by instructors Dominic Rott and Darryl Syms. "The Classes are all aimed at beginners. If you are relatively fit and can run and jump then you will be able to do it." This activity is very new to Plymouth and the classes have only been running for a few weeks. Classes are on a Tuesday afternoon from 4.30pm. Classes for 8-15-year-olds are held from 4.30pm till 5.30pm. Classes for people aged 16+ are held from 5.30pm till 6.30pm. Each session costs £5.
Five years ago if someone had mentioned the words ‘parkour’ or ‘freerunning’ , chances are you would have stared back blankly, wondering what on earth it was they were going on about. Today it’s a very different story and since the sport of free running crossed the channel from its birthplace in France there has been an explosion of media interest in the UK and beyond. Parkour is the art of controlled movement whereby practitioners utilise obstacles in their surrounding environment to further their aim of getting from one place to another. Walls and railings usually perceived as a means of restricting movement take on new meaning as a tool of freedom and liberation. The sport originated in the Parisian suburb of Lisses by a small group of friends who over a period of many years developed what essentially started out as a childhood game into the purposeful activity of escape and reach. Unlike many sports which are of a competitive nature, in parkour the competition is only with oneself; a concept which is shared by many martial arts. As Parkour developed further it evolved into two separate paths. Some of the founding members such as David Belle (who is frequently credited as the inventor of parkour) were keen for Parkour to remain a purely functional discipline utilising only the most efficient movements and little more. Other members of the original Lisses group were keen to develop Parkour further and incorporate a wider range of movements such as the back flips and acrobatic manoeuvres seen in martial arts like contemporary Wushu. This is what then became known across the world as freerunning which has since been featured in many high profile films, music videos and [...]
Streetmotion makes Front Page News! Ok Ok, I know what you're thinking... Cows holding up traffic would make front page news in a small rural newspaper that is short on exciting things to report but we're not going to let that diminish the importance of our publication! "Freerunning is coming to Kingsbridge" The action-filled sport involves 'moving through the environment and passing over obstacles such as walls and railings with speed, fluiditiy and power'. It focuses on creativity and employs an additional set of skills such as flips, kicks and acrobatics often seen in Martial Arts. Freerunning has become one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and one of the most requested sports in schools. Street Motion will be running weekly sessions at Quayside Leisure Centre every Monday from September 5th 2011" More information can be found at http://www.streetmotion.co.uk/kingsbridge/
Shortly before launching our indoor freerunning academy in South Devon we got the chance to talk about the subject on BBC Local Television. Watch the full thing here:
"THE first free running classes to be held in Exeter start this week. Dominic Rott, of Streetmotion, will be teaching the urban acrobatics to adults and children on Wednesday evenings. But they won't be trying to vault, flip, spin and roll across rooftops as they might have seen experts doing in the movies or on television. They will be learning in a safe, indoor environment with soft landing mats. Dominic said: "Free running is about looking at and using your surroundings, such as walls and railings, in a different way, to create movement."Free running is not the same as parkour, although the two are physically similar. Dominic's classes will cover elements of both disciplines. "Parkour is about efficient movement – getting from one place to another in a fast, fluid way," said the 25-year-old from Totnes. "Free running is more about self-expression." Read the full article here: http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/Dominic-brings-free-running-skills-city/story-11726491-detail/story.html