Three words to describe your practice

Craig: Cool. Alright, so I’d like to end with the final question. But I’ll give you a little setup. Normally, people wouldn’t hear all the setup, but the setup is, you can answer the question any way you want. You don’t have to have three specific words, when I ask you to describe your practice, sometimes people give me three words and unpack them. Sometimes people have no clue. But they kind of talk around little paragraphs come up with some like three ideas. And it’s fun to hear the thought process. But you can do anything you want with the question it’s just meant to give you a last chance to do whatever you want. So the final question is three words to describe your practice.

Ryan: Absorb, reject, add.

Craig: I was hoping you were going to go back to that.

On crypto-currency

Ryan: Bryan Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase had some quote recently, or last year sometime that is like, “The majority of people are actually aren’t actually going to buy crypto, they’re going to earn their first crypto through there’s all these different websites and apps and stuff that like, people don’t realize that all this stuff already exists or is like about to be here. And if you’re the early adopter, not only is that like fun and interesting and cool, and you get to teach your friends and parents and stuff.

Ryan: But if you were to just … who knows what’s going to happen, but if the more you learn about this, for most people, the more confident they get that if invest in it, or earn it or hold on to it. For five, 10 years, it’s going to be significantly more valuable than it is now. And we’re potentially looking at one of the biggest wealth transfers in the history of humankind. And I want to see the young people in Parkour, like young people in general or all people, like the younger people are going to be a little more willing to-

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On parkour and crypto-currency

Ryan: How can we match up Parkour and crypto? So we just tried our first experiment, I guess, there’s a thing called And this is built on Ethereum. And what it allows you to do is essentially say, I need this. And so mostly right now it’s being used for like software development, like I need somebody to help me code this thing. And I’m willing-

Craig: There’s my definition of done.

Ryan: And here’s my definition of done. And here’s what I’m willing to pay. It’s nothing like super revolutionary like this is Fiverr. This is some of these other kind of websites-

Craig: Except the implementation is completely new. But how it works.

Ryan: Yeah, so this is decentralized. And what we just did was we put up #Parkourbountyone. And we want to try to do more of these, to see where we can take it. But Parker bounty one was essentially, we wanted to open it up to the locals of Apex communities first, or make it easier on them at first. So we said, all all you got to do is you can take a new clip or an old clip. So even out of towners have clips from apex, you just got to post it up on your Instagram, say something you learned at Apex and submit it to this page or this link on And we’re going to take our top five favorite ones, and you guys are going to get 0.2 Ether which is I believe at the time it was worth about 30 bucks.

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On arbitrage

Ryan: Yeah. So this is a very intimidating subject for a lot of people who maybe they think they don’t deal well with tech, or they don’t understand anything about coding or whatever it may be, it’s new, they’re like isn’t that about the dark internet and terrorists or something, like we still have this stigma. And this is actually I’m used to this I got in Parkour when nobody knew what it was. And I had to like, just be patient, keep explaining it. And this is kind of where we’re at with crypto and block chain too, is we have to be patient, we have to help people understand that this is revolutionary, this can literally change the world for the better in many, many ways. And it’s not as hard as you think. And you don’t even need to know everything, but you need to at least understand like, what is application? Or how can I use this?

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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”.

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049. Ryan Ford: Full transcript

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, Ryan Ford shares his thoughts on his Parkour EDU program, various coaching methods, and his experience of building a community. He discusses the idea of a talent hotbed, how and why it occurs, and how to apply those ideas, before delving into the world of cryptocurrency. Ryan explains what cryptocurrency is, why he’s so interested in it, its potentials for growth, and the similarities he sees between crypto and parkour.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Ryan: Hey, how you doing?

Craig: I’m good.

Ryan: Welcome to Boulder.

Craig: Thank you. Ryan Ford is an American original, among the early parkour professional athletes and coaches. He is the co-founder of Apex School of Movement, and more recently Parkour EDU, as well as the author of Parkour Strength Training. Ryan is passionate about parkour education and best practices, and his entrepreneurial spirit reflects this. Welcome, Ryan.

Ryan: Thank you for that intro.

Craig: You’re very welcome. So, since were doing this just kind of straight through, and just chillaxing, we’ll start with something that I think people would think is an obvious topic to start. So, you wrote Parkour Strength Training three years ago-

Ryan: Yes.

Craig: Depending on exactly when. But you probably started on it four years ago, or five years ago. But, roughly three years ago, when everybody else saw it. And then, I understand that what you’re doing now in Louisville, if I’m getting my Boulder pronunciation correctly, in Louisville is, you’ve begun creating a physical program, like actually take that to the ground. And, I’m wondering if you want to unpack some of your experiences with that, what went well.

Ryan: Yeah. So, what we’ve been doing for the past couple months here, I think we started building this Parkour Strength for Adults program, in Apex Louisville, started it in mid-December. So we’re at, I guess a couple months in and I’ve learned a lot. Basically, the program is based off the book. So everything I’ve learned about, tested on myself, trained others, coached others. Many different types of people, kids, teen, adults. I think, in parkour, at least at the businesses, gyms and stuff, tend to be a bit more focused on kids and teens.

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049. Ryan Ford: Coaching methods, talent hotbeds, and cryptocurrency

049. Ryan Ford: Coaching methods, talent hotbeds, and cryptocurrency

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Ryan Ford shares his thoughts on his Parkour EDU program, various coaching methods, and his experience of building a community. He discusses the idea of a talent hotbed, how and why it occurs, and how to apply those ideas, before delving into the world of crypto-currency. Ryan explains what crypto currency is, why he’s so interested in it, its potential for growth, and the similarities he sees between crypto and parkour. 

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