Building

Tyson:
It’s like I have my own practice at this point and I know the things that make me feel fulfilled from the movements that I do. So, the traveling I think that I want to do now is to go to my friends and other leaders within the parkour communities and to see the spaces of the programs that they built and the challenges and the obstacles that they’ve had to overcome in getting there and to see if I can offer ways to help and develop that or to even challenge some of the beliefs that they’ve built up over what they think works best for their situation. So, that’s kind of what I’m imagining my next progression to be. I really enjoy the building arm of this and I really enjoy doing really unique and interesting things that push the limit, and I would love to just find more people who are willing to take that step and be like, “What would happen if we just cut a tree and brought it in here and flipped it upside down and used that as a start of a really cool precision bar scaffolding course?” And be like, “Yeah, that sounds great. Let’s do that.”

Tyson:
It’s easy, I know from personal experience, that it’s to get locked into you found a thing that works and you keep doing that thing. And that thing makes you money and it doesn’t feel safe to expand past and push for that thing.

Craig:
Well, and people would be asking for, money aside, if everybody says, “Please build more of those,” you’re like, “Well, if they’re great I’ll build more.”

Tyson:
Yeah. We had a unique position, I think, as a nonprofit where we weren’t tied as strongly to those profit generating activities and I put the popularity and achievements of what Colin has been doing with our design arm as due to our focus as a nonprofit where we did parkour design for parks and pushed for parks really strongly for two years straight without making a dime from it, and we were paying Colin during this time to do like, “Okay, well option A didn’t work. Let’s go to option B. Option B didn’t work, let’s go to option C.” We were at like plan H by the time that the-

Craig:
They bought, right?

Tyson:
Well, by the time the whole project fell through and it was no longer possible to do and we then we moved onto the next possible project. We’ve had a very long history of trying to make these things happen and not quite getting there, and it’s only until recently that there are actually examples in the ground of parkour parks built that people are actually on board with the idea. It’s like now the examples are out there, now we can actually proceed and it’s not just us talking and doing presentation after presentation after presentation after presentation trying to sell these people on it, they can just talk directly to the parks department of the place that has it and see how powerful it actually is for that community. I forgot the rest of what we were talking about.

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