When it comes to parkour training, even after 30 years of the official existence of the discipline – because let’s be honest, we jumped long before the term parkour existed – it’s still hard to get people to help you unless you know them upfront.
When you’re an adult, that is a person who is in their twenties or thirties or older almost nobody will want to train with you unless they know you already or they want to learn parkour from you for free.
Sure, there are professional lessons by now, even so called parkour gyms – a contradiction if you ask me – so you can learn parkour here or there but most often it’s a training devised for kids or young adults.
Even when it’s not you may feel awkward as the only adult who is older than 20 among those kids. When you are OK with that you will soon realize that kids learn much faster so that after a few weeks everybody else will outpace you by large margins while you will still deal with the basics.
It’s a rare occasion to find someone offering parkour photography or guided tours. I’m here to change that. How?
- Beyond the usually parkour training I offer intensive courses where you can learn parkour in 10h or four days.
- I also offer parkour photography because it’s an art by itself to make good images while jumping, vaulting or scaling walls.
- Last but not least I additionally offer guided tours for all those who are fed off with the few “official” parkour spots or parkour parks everybody trains at or only won’t to check them out and find more opportunities outside of them.
See the parkour course page (homepage) for those!
After training parkour for a few years I realized that it’s very difficult to take great parkour pictures. It’s not just that people move but it’s also the angle, background and perspective that counts.
You need a specific type of composition to make the photos look attractive.
Whether you try to photograph parkour alone or with the help of friends or family you will likely find out that the result are not very impressive.
The DIY photos rarely reflect the actual difficulty of a particular move. You need another person who trains parkour themselves to take photos of you. Even professionals rather have videos than photos because still images are much harder to time.
That’s why I took part in a parkour photography course with Andy Day – the probably most famous parkour photographer today.
He shared with me some insights and techniques that allowed me to shoot photos of almost the same quality as his without high level equipment. See the examples in my article on that workshop.
Guided Parkour Tours
When you come to Berlin to train Parkour you can do the following: post a few days earlier on Facebook that you visit and then ask someone to show you around and train with you. There is just one problem with this approach: these days nobody will respond in most cases.
Parkour practitioners meet their ling time friends and have their secret Whatsapp or Snapchat or Telegram – or whatever the latest app is – groups.
Also again – when your older than 20 or so – you might feel weird asking strangers who are many years younger to show you around. Guided parkour tours are the obvious solution yet I haven’t seen anybody offer them yet, especially in Berlin where parkour is still an exception.
Even when you look at the popular parkour spots you will most likely end up training alone there unless you visit during the “rush hours” on the weekends (something between 1 and 4).
Also when there are just a few raindrops or merely some clouds most parkour spots will already be deserted. I’ve been to some of the most famous ones on Sundays and haven’t seen anybody there.
Now you just contact me and I will show you around. I will show you the official spots and the often hidden better places to jump nobody uses which are just a few minutes away.