On inspiration

Ryan: And specifically going to your question, I think I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration for this and this is kind of a touchy subject. I won’t get too much into it, but there are certain programs out there, where I’m kind of anti-guru, I’ll get that out of the way. I don’t want to be anyone’s guru. I don’t really like the fact that some people think they can only learn from one coach. They’re like “This is my guru. I’m going to have to put blinders on to everything else”.

Craig: Or I have to follow a whole, I hate to say lineage, but a whole program. In other words, if I’m going to learn parkour, I have to pick, and I have to start here, and then I have to do this whole thing otherwise it’s a waste to go here and then switch. I agree with you that it’s not necessary. There’s advantages if you’re in a hurry, go straight through. But if you want to learn the most, I’ve talked about this before in the context of coaching certifications. I think the best coach would be the person who puts on their school board “I would like the P.E. job resume”, that I took all the certifications, right? Not like I have 57 layers of this one person … I’m stealing your train of thought. So, I agree there shouldn’t be one source of truth.

Ryan: Yeah, I totally agree. Actually one of my guiding mantras is a Bruce Lee quote, whether it’s as an athlete or a coach or an entrepreneur like life in general, I’ve carried this with me since I read my first Bruce Lee book when I was probably 14, 15. And it’s something like, “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is uniquely your own”. And another funny version of that I’ve heard, which I think is very similar, is from the breaking community. There’s a phrase called “Bite and rewrite”. They managed to take that Bruce Lee quote, and condense it into three words.

Ryan: And bite and rewrite means, don’t steal, but draw inspiration from other places, and maybe even steal it, but rewrite it. Add your own unique take or connection on it. So, yeah, I think I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration for this parkour strength program for adults specifically. Because it definitely changes training little kids in parkour versus adults. So I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Ido Portal, Movement Culture, Christopher Summer, Gymnastic Bodies, Dr. Andre Spina, Functional Edge Conditioning, which I consider to be the gold standard of mobility training these days.

Ryan: So there’s this huge emphasis on mobility training, strength training. For some of the higher level people we get into power development. That’s kind of a bit more of the performance or competition level athletes who want to compete in sport parkour league, or maybe they’re training for Cirque du Soleil or who knows what.

Ryan: But drawing inspiration from all these different coaches and programs, and things. A couple things that have helped me build the community or build a better in real life parkour strength program for the first time, a couple things I’ve learned are, encourage partner interactions. Partner games, group games. Make people switch partners, interact with each other, even touch each other appropriately obviously.

Craig: Yeah, in the beginning a lot of people… westerners, especially people in the United States have a little space, like my little personal space.

Ryan: Yeah. But it’s undeniable when you encourage that collaboration, that interaction, people start laughing and having more fun. You see people’s eyes light up, and also it’s really cool to see we do have some of the higher level athletes training side by side with this 57 year old who started last month. And then they start to realize, “Oh, we are actually all kind of doing the same thing, but different progressions of.”