If I joke I joke, if I laugh I laugh

Gogoly Yao:
Yeah, that’s it. So in the back flip, there are so many things that scare me, like going back. Why would I do that? That doesn’t make sense. So I have to trust the process. I have to trust that gravity is going to do its work and the momentum that I’m generating is going to do the work and that I’m going to land on my feet. I don’t like being upside down. I don’t like speed. I don’t like spinning, turning. So back flips is the worst for me, I would say. But then to train it, we’re not training it indoors with mat. We’re training it outside. So me and Georgia, so I have to give my trust to her to spot me. We’ve been doing more things before with the team and things like this, but that’s the last development of it. And, yeah. It’s happening slowly, but I find it really hard to go through this. Even if I know, it doesn’t mean that, “Oh, I know now it’s going to happen-” it just had been a habit I accumulated for all my life that I need to get rid of. And, yeah. That’s what training is, really.

Gogoly Yao:
So I learned front flip a lot easier because it’s going forwards and it’s me deciding to like,… It’s a lot safer to do a front flip than a back flip, but naturally- . So, yeah. So there’s a lot of things I’m working on. Yeah, so coming back from the back flip is the idea of control, as well. So while you’re in the air, you don’t have control. It’s just gravity doing its job or momentum doing its job. But I like to be in control because it’s always been me. So if I’m not in control, something bad will happen. Even if it’s not true, that’s the belief my upbringing gave me, so it’s in my body. It’s like, “Oh, if you’re not in control, something bad it going to happen,” even if it hasn’t been proved for awhile, it’s still happening because I believe it. So, yeah.

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Not just the big muscle



Gogoly Yao:
Yeah, exactly. So, yeah. That’s me in London, really. And then how I found parkour, because … yeah. So I watched the movie Yamakasi, like a lot of people I guess. And at first, I didn’t think anything of it. I thought, “Oh, yeah. It’s a movie.” But then I saw the documentary on the [inaudible 00:07:50] about the Yamakasi and the training. And I was like, “Oh, actually that’s something that you can do.”

Craig C:
Right, it looked so spectacular when I first saw and then it takes a moment to realize that they’re just regular people. You could do that.

Gogoly Yao:
Yeah, exactly. So I was like, “Okay, I’m going to try that,” because at that time, I was scared of a lot of things. So scared of heights, speed, being upside down, playgrounds, trees, swings, a lot of things. So I didn’t like any of this. So I was like, “Okay, as an adult, it doesn’t make sense to be scared of all this.”

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Meet the team: Andrew

Successful movement starts in the mind with a precise focus on reality. Moving successfully means you understand reality and your own ability. The more impressive the movement, the better the mind.

~ Andrew – Conceptual and applied philosophy


054. Gogoly Yao: 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, Gogoly Yao explains his background and the journey that led him to where he is now. He discusses how he first encountered parkour and his work on Esprit Concrete with Kasturi Torchia. Yao shares his current challenges and what he is working on, and discusses his training with Esprit Concrete team member Georgia Munroe.

Craig: Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Gogoly: Hi, Craig.

Craig: Gogoly Yao is a longtime coach and athlete and the co-founder of Esprit Concrete. Originally from France, Yao trained Taekwondo for many years before moving to London where he began his l’art du deplacement training. Known for his infectious energy and love of community, Yao is an experienced coach and has run workshops, seminars, and camps both nationally and internationally.

Craig: [French 00:01:00]

Gogoly: [French 00:01:01], Craig. Thanks for having me.

Craig: [French 00:01:04]

Craig: Yao, as much as I would love to do this in French, my French is very, very, very bad. I’m sorry.

Gogoly: Yeah, don’t worry. I don’t want to speak in French either.

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054. Gogoly Yao: Journey, Esprit Concrete, and challenges

054. Gogoly Yao: Journey, Esprit Concrete, and challenges

 
 
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Gogoly Yao explains his background and the journey that led him to where he is now. He discusses how he first encountered parkour, and his work on Esprit Concrete with Kasturi Torchia. Yao shares his current challenges and what he is working on, and discusses his training with Esprit Concrete team member Georgia Munroe.

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