Over time and lots of experiences with other people, lots of other people inputting into my learning, lots of exposure to Yao and what he thought about things and also really requiring a research idea. We came together and we kind of talked about starting Esprit Concrete and I guess the question that that leads into is how did Esprit Concrete Method begin, and I think the answer to that is that kind of has always probably been but linked in to Parkour that day that I tried it or based on actually the principles of Art du deplacement, which I funnily enough found after I found Parkour.
Is there some particular topic like… because I want to ask you more fun things like for example, is there any particular lesson that you’ve learned from your mother or your father or both that stuck with you your entire life.
One. Wow. I mean as an overarching idea, everything I am is because of them. The reason I say that is because I’ve had to learn a lot from things that maybe I spent a long time criticizing. We’re quite an open family I’d say in one sense because we require ourselves to reflect. I think reflection is something I learned from them but very indirectly because if they were sitting here they would say they didn’t reflect on themselves the way that I am learning too, so I think it’s something that I learned from them that they didn’t do that they’ve always wanted me to do, which I’m very grateful for.
It hasn’t always been easy, but I think that curiosity that they had took us all around the world growing up. We changed country every year because my dad just loved traveling and my mother loved traveling and him and her job took her everywhere and she loved people, so she was constantly asking questions and I think in their relationship to me through that, there were so many things that they did that maybe I didn’t agree with that they taught me to reflect on why that was happening, which started everything that I now do.
I think curiosity is probably the thing they directly taught me. They would literally tell me when I was in a car, you know, why are you sulking we’re here in the middle of this amazing place, look outside. What can you see? We’d have to keep like travel diaries and draw pictures with a learning experience because sometimes we were homeschooled. It really was… just every experience was one to be made the most of. We were taught how to appreciate everything and be grateful for it but through just asking questions and being inquisitive. Indirectly reflection, I think, but more directly just intrigue, I guess.