INTERESTING. NOVEL. PARKOUR IS INCREASINGLY GAINING POPULARITY, EVEN IN THE RATHER PHYSICALLY SEDENTARY SINGAPORE. TRAINING BOTH THE BODY AND MIND, SHOWCASING VISUALLY AESTHETIC FEATS, PARKOUR IS MORE THAN JUST A QUICK WAY AROUND OBSTACLES.
Effortlessly flipping over barriers and jumping across walls, parkour instructor Tan Chi Ying makes short work of obstacles before him. An avid fan of parkour since childhood, the 30-year-old is also the founder and manager of his own parkour academy A2 Movements.
Chi Ying’s students range from as young as 4 to over 80 years old, thus proving that parkour has no age limits. Instead, it utilises values like endurance and creativity to perform the fluid movements involved, which flow more naturally than the rigid everyday postures of the body.
Darryl Chan, a first-year student at the academy, is an upholder of such values, demonstrating the ability to overcome obstacles like railings in various ways. Creativity in seeing new uses of everyday objects is a skill most traceurs develop with practice, proving that it's not only the body parkour benefits.
Before he started training in parkour, Darryl, a school student, spent most of his time studying at home until his mother eagerly wanted him to 'get out of the house'. The Darryl we meet today has a rare maturity for a sixteen-year-old, a testament to the discipline necessary in parkour.