Craig: Yesterday we were talking about the East Coast of the United States, which some of us call the Northeast Corridor and it tends to be very aggressive, very mechanistic, very get out of the fast lane. You’re slowing me down type of thing. [00:15:30] That presents a certain kind of challenge and then you go west where you’re going next, you go west and then things are very comfortable or there’s like a whole different vibe there. That environment that’s beyond your control, but you choose how you react to it. How do you move forward?
Sebastien: That’s it. The last one is yourself. It’s the hardest part because it’s about trusting yourself also more than that is to start to understand intuition is a sense and as well as [00:16:00] I can see, I can smell, I can taste, I can hear and I can touch. It’s only through exploring and moving from one discipline to another discipline that you can find out there is a common truth and that’s it. Then you start to tap into it because you start to realize that’s what I was looking for.
Rather it’s from aikido rather from martial art in general, a lot in Asian [00:16:30] philosophy, but also a lot within the artist. If someone is a pianist or someone guitarist like a guitar and anyone with music. We always relate it to sensitivity and feelings and it’s something normally people want to after very tangible, but feelings exist and intuition exists too. As I say, we try to find this truth. At the beginning, [00:17:00] Parkour or whatever people want to call it is literally the activity we are doing when we’re children without any founder and everything. That’s what we do.
Now we’re more mature. We just find out like this is the way of, there is an education here. Parkour is the best tool to reconnect with your body, with your mind and with your environment. That’s why I say the three ones. That’s can [00:17:30] help you to become that butterfly. I think that’s why it’s linked with freedom and that’s why people get so addicted to it.
Craig: And so excited.
Sebastien: The thing is, when you’re with the environment, basically the environment is the teacher because it’s almost like it give you some problem to solve. Some people as I say they can just go, like what I call tracking, if you go to one place to another place from [00:18:00] point a to point b is good, but a certain point, you’ve got an obstacle course. That leads you to how do I overcome that obstacles and there is different type of character. Me, when I was with my friend, my friend, they could push themselves, they could break the jump. That’s how we call it, the breaking the jump. As you’ve got kind of a very aggressive way like you say like, I command, I’m the mind, [00:18:30] I’m powerful.
Craig: I command myself, not I command you. I command myself, ready, go. We have a button for that.
Sebastien: Everything I’m saying is literally like is by yourself. You’re outside, you’re just by yourself. There is a disconnection between the mind and the body. Sometime in martial art they try to explain that. But it’s very hard if someone is in front of you and punch you in your face. For you is this is my opponent, but the beauty with Parkour, the opponent is the environment and that’s why you start to realize, “Oh my [00:19:00] God, there is something very deep there.”
It’s almost like meditation, but it’s so much in action and it’s so much in you. You come up like say something in me say I can do this jump and there is another part, “Oh my God,” and you feel stuck. As I said, there is people who can go through that through like getting pumped and everything and then break the jump. For me it never work, so I have to come up with what I call waving and the waving technique is literally get used to. It’s like instead of [00:19:30] force it, you just let it go. But you have to come regularly and practice. It’s like someone’s got fear of water and you bring them one day. They just put their feet. Just their feet.