Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset Podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. In this episode, Frank Mejia discusses PK Move and Urban Evolution, and the path to how and why he became a coach. He reflects on his experience with World Chase Tag, explaining the game and its intricacies. Frank shares his thoughts on travel and the role it’s played in his journey before wrapping up with his thoughts on competition.
Craig: Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.
Frank: And I’m Frank Mejia.
Craig: Frank Mejia is an athlete and coach with PK Move and Urban Evolution in Alexandria, Virginia. He was on the USA team for the 2018 World Chase Tag Championship. When he’s not chasing (or getting chased,) Frank likes long walks on the beach, smooth jazz, and traveling to share parkour. Welcome, Frank.
Frank: Glad to be here.
Craig: Frank, I think the best place to start it’d be to talk about your role within PK Move and Urban Evolution.
Craig: Of course, the final question. Three words to describe your practice?
Frank: Safe, something creative.
Craig: Thank you very much, Frank. It was a delight to talk to you this morning.
Frank: It was a delight to talk to you, too.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how passionate we are or how lofty are our goals. The podcast is made possible by voluntary subscriptions from listeners like you. Cultural expectations demand that the podcast be free-to-listen. But if you value the podcast, you should avoid the tragedy-of-the-commons by contributing your support. “Someone else will support the project,” means the podcast is not sustainable.
Please take a moment to read about becoming a voluntary subscriber.
Craig: Right. We’re talking about competition here, so I’m wondering… You have obviouse experience in them, so I’m wondering if you want to give me some of your ideas on competition in general like as a philosophical thing. What do you think of competition in the context of parkour or parkour in the context of competition? Whichever way you want to do that.
Frank: Let’s see. Just competition itself with the context of parkour, I think it is very well done if done with the right people I think mostly because the first time I competed really was in the first I guess EPC, which is the Boston Qualifier for NAPC, and the first time I went there, I was like, “I’ve never really competed. I think I can maybe do good. Let’s see what happens.”
Craig: What could go wrong?
On his journey to become a coach
Craig: Frank, can you take me back to maybe before you became a coach, before you started, before you really had the idea of, “I’m going to do this. I’m going to work on it. I’m going to pursue it.” How did you get from being, I want to say, just someone who trains? Lots of us, including me, are just people who train, but how did you get from that and like turn that passion into a passion for education and working with seniors?
Frank: It was kind of incidental in a way because what I have to do for some of my schooling was I had to do a project that we called Senior Project, and essentially, what you had to do is you choose a topic they wanted to study, and then from there, you would have to give a presentation at the end of the year with like all these notes and pretty much all your research of the topic, and I chose parkour. So with parkour, one of the things that you need for the project is you actually need a professional in the field they need to be able to like consult with.
Frank Mejia discusses PK Move and Urban Evolution, and the path to how and why he became a coach. He reflects on his experience with World Chase Tag, explaining the game and its intricacies. Frank shares his thoughts on travel and the role it’s played in his journey, before wrapping up with his thoughts on competition.