Craig: [00:25] This podcast is longer than our normal ones, so this is part 2 and if you missed the first part stop, go listen to that. Both of these parts you’re going to find a few French phrases and words thrown in here and Sebastian’s accent, so I encourage you to go and look at the full transcript while you’re listening it’ll make things much easier. Anyway, thank you Seb.

Sebastien: [00:47] Thank you, thank you to have me here.

Craig: [00:49] What did you want to say about the body? Do you want to talk about physical training

Sebastien: [00:52] Yeah, yeah

Craig: [00:52] Do you want to talk about … oh, all right

Guest Introduction

Craig: [00:26] Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Travis: [00:32] Hi. I’m Travis.

Craig: [00:33] Travis Tetting is doing everything one can possibly do, and it’s a good thing. He draws his strength from his deep Christian faith and his wife and children. He has a knack for building things from the ground up, family, community, and even parkour obstacles. Welcome, Travis.

Travis: [00:46] Hi, Craig.

Guest Introduction

[00:00:30] Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Sebastien: Hi, my name is Sebastien Foucan.

Craig: Sebastien has done so many different things. It’s difficult to summarize him and I think I would prefer to say that Sebastian is an explorer. Welcome, Seb.

Sebastien: Welcome. Thank you.

Craig: Today’s podcast is likely to run longer than our usual format because we have so many things we want to talk about and I want to remind everybody that the full transcripts of the podcasts are available on our website at Sebastian will invariably use some French phrases and words and that’s to be expected. I really [00:01:00] appreciate that you’re doing this in English. Thank you very much. Welcome Seb.

Sebastien: Thank you to have me here.

Guest Introduction

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Jesse: I’m Jesse Danger.

Craig: Today’s guest is someone that I have been tap dancing around interviewing for many months, and that’s mostly because I think of so many different things that we should talk about.

Jesse Danger is an influential figure in the sense that he’s simply doing what he believes he should be doing. And everybody has a different role to play within the larger sphere of movement and play and parkour and Art du Déplacement, and it’s my personal pleasure to get to sit down today and talk [00:01:00] about movement and education and learning.

Welcome, Jesse.

Jesse: Thank you.

Guest introduction

Craig: [00:00:30] Hello. I’m Craig Constantine.

Andy: Hello. I’m Andy. I have blue hair. I like bars.

Craig: Andy Taylor has built several gyms. He’s coached high-level athletes and elite movers. He created the beloved Tetris Vault, and he’s passionate about capturing that urge and inspiration you get when you walk into that awesome space where you just want to move and play. Welcome, Andy.

Andy: Hello.

Guest introduction

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Elet: And I’m Elet Hall.

Craig: Elet Hall has been described as intense or driven and at one time had a Tinder profile that said simply, “Do you think you can keep up?” In reality, he’s a free spirited, outdoor loving thinker. Who Sevinch candidly described as surprising loving and smarter than most people are aware. Welcome Elet.

Elet: Thanks Craig.

Guest introduction

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Andrew: And I’m Andrew Foster.

Craig:…and this is Parkour, They Said.

Andrew Foster is from Akron, Ohio. His childhood was steeped in classical music and philosophy, although he rebelled a little by dragging his mattress to the basement to learn flips when his parents weren’t home. He studied international studies with a focus on the Middle East, which took him and his wife to Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco before coming full circle back to Akron. He’s recently opened a Parkour gym in a local community called Akron Movement Family. [00:00:30] Along the way, he taught competitive gymnastics, failed badly at competitive soccer, and realized people and movement are his passions. Welcome, Andrew.

Andrew: Thank you.

Guest Introduction

Craig: Finn Berggren lives and breathes Gerlev, which might be meaningless if I don’t pause my introduction and attempt to explain Gerlev. Bear with me, I’m going to attempt three sketches.

One: Gerlev is a school but that word falls far short. Gerlev has been described as a sport’s academy, which also misses the mark. It’s even been called a Folk High School, which yet again misses the mark because we English speakers are unsure what to make of the adjective [00:00:30] “folk”. There is, of course, a Danish word for what Gerlev is…

Finn: Gerlev Idrætshøjskole.

Craig: Two, can you imagine a place where students meet many different types of sports and movement in an environment that cultivates exploration, inclusivity and personal responsibility. A place where the aim is to present the students with the formative aspects of sports while building an understanding of life that extends beyond a sport’s framework? This place you’re imagining was originally [00:01:00] a uniquely Danish idea, which has since spread well beyond Denmark.

Three, in Gerlev’s own words:

We believe that sports contain a lot of exciting and developmental qualities. When it all comes together, it contains the fight, the play, the dance and the contemplation, as does life and that is why we at Gerlev use sports as a fantastic formative subject, which allows the possibility of development, maturation, challenges, adventures and experiences.

[00:01:30] Playing is important as the basis of experiences with the creative parts of life. Fighting contains the option of experiencing through resistance, how your physical and mental abilities can be put to the test. Dancing is, on one hand, the dream of unhindered movement, the flawless timing and getting lost in the rhythms. On the other hand, it is the creation of the aesthetic expression that allows interpretation of meaning and intention. Contemplation means tranquility, concentration and [00:02:00] willingness, all of which are required to gain insight into existence.

Which brings me back to…

Hello, I’m Craig Constantine and this is-

Finn: Finn Berggren.

Craig: This recording is Parkour, They Said.

Finn Berggren lives and breathes Gerlev. He has been a student and a teacher and now he is the principal of the Academy. He is here, there and everywhere. He is a pioneer and the primary spokesperson of Gerlev and the wonderful possibilities within the world of sport, not [00:02:30] only in Denmark but well beyond her borders. Welcome Finn.

Finn: Thank you very much.