The Seattle Parkour Team!

Luke Fredericksen

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Brown Hair, Haze Eyes, 5"11", 165 lbs.

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Luke FredericksenI live life in the moment. Right here and right now.. Wether i'm committing to a big jump/trick, relaxing with friends, or working.. Right now is what matters. Parkour to me is a tool to achieve that amazing freedom of mind and body. The feeling is hard to put in words, so i'll just say it's kick ass! 

I also love everything about film! I think being able to entertain and create a world that has the power to give endless emotions and feelings even if it's just for a moment is pretty amazing. 

Additional info:

graphic and web design, gymnastics, Started "Parkour" training in early 2003. Picked up "Chinese Wushu" in 2008.

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Tj Berleson

Tj BerlesonThe Image:

5'8" 180lbs, muscular frame, brown hair, green eyes

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I live my life for the moment I feel that perfect mix of fear and exhilaration. The instant my foot leaves the pavement, the speed and acceleration of a high fall, that exact moment you realize there's no turning back. My future goals mainly include achieving the status of international Superhero, but I'd settle for replacing all the blood in my veins with Pure Adrenaline.

Additional info:

gymnastics, martial arts training, rock climbing, Parkour.

 

 

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David Diaz

David Diaz

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5'8" 155lbs, muscular frame, brown hair, brown eyes

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I study many forms of movment; freerunning, martial arts, gymnastics, and choreography for action videos.

 

Additional info:

gymnastics, martial arts training, rock climbing, Parkour.

 

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Sydney Olson

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Dark brown hair, green eyes, 5"1" , 110lbs DOB: 1993

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When I turned seventeen, I didn't like where my life was going. I was bored, a coward, and not in the best shape. I had given up gymnastics a couple years earlier. So I hated life. Then, a few guys told me about parkour and just then I knew it was something that I was going to enjoy. I got back in shape, tried it out and absolutely loved it. To this day, I can truly appreciate freerunning more than anything else. It helps me gain a better perspective on life and how I want to spend it. I also became a competitive gymnast again because parkour gave me the strength and confidince to better myself in ways I cannot even describe. The best part of all is that I get to experience this with the coolest guys ever. Parkour really changed my life in the best way possible.

 

Additional info:

gymnastics, freerunning, parkour.

 

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Ken Seacrist

Ken SeacristThe image:

Blonde hair, Blue eyes, 6'2" 215 lbs DOB: May 20th 1984

Few Words:

Got my first Dirt Bike when I was 5. Age 12 I started rock climbing. 15 I snowboarded my first black diamond. 17 I climbed my first mountain. 20 I joined the Navy and worked bomb disposal and Deep Sea Diving. 26 Just a college student looking for some excitement... Parkour/Freerunning has shown me new ways to push myself and gain confidence in everything I do. Since I began, Parkour has given me a new way to look at my surroundings and over come whatever is in my way.

Additional info:

Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Parkour, Outdoors, Kendo, oh... and I'm a big nerd.

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David Schreckenghost

david schreckenghostThe Image:

DOB 4/12/88, 5'10", 170lbs, brown hair, Hazel eyes, athletic

Few words:

I love entertaining people and making them smile. I guess that's why I love Parkour so much. I am a "hero" to my friends children all over the country 
just because I can do a back flip. Making people laugh and smile makes it all worth it.

Additional info:

Scuba diving, surfing, halo,soccer, tricking, and comedy.

 

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Our View

Many people are continually trying to put a definition to this new and fast evolving phenomenon, which seems to be becoming a nearly impossible feat; mainly because Freerunning (also known as Parkour) was never meant to be defined by one word or action. The "sport" was always supposed to be about the freedom you can achieve through your own individual movement. There is nothing right or wrong about the way your body moves, and that's what sets this creative expression apart from most other athletic activities.
Perhaps this is the reason that such a continually growing portion of the world's youth flocks toward it. Many Freerunners would agree that the reason for this is that as the sport is seen in firsthand and on the internet, Freerunning lets people express their own physical attributes without having to use "perfect" technique. Freerunning exemplifies the individuality that every person holds in every step they take.
The only fall back to this seems to be the attitude that the general population has toward the sport. Due to the lack of conformation to the rules that people expect others have, the masses tend to think that Freerunners are a danger to both themselves and the public. The "rep" of the sport is therefore frowned upon. In reality, the discipline that the mindset Freerunners require to perform such movements outside, actually makes them very intelligent and aware people. They will most likely stay out of your way if you were ever to cross paths with them.
Another might argue that the "abuse" they put of the structures and buildings is something very alike vandalism and shouldn't be allowed. This is very far from the truth. Free-runners respect every single inch of concrete, railing, pole or other obstacle they encounter simply because they know that at any moment it might be the cause of a serious injury.
You can see how all these things play a part to the tale of what Freerunning actually is. It is not anything that can be contained into one word or a single definition. Freerunning can only be understood through actual movement. The interesting thing is that no two people will give the same answer to the question of meaning they get from the sport, mostly because no to people are the same, therefore the feeling achieved by one can never be duplicated by another. This of course, shows the very essence of what Parkour and Freerunning is and has always been.

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------------ Tori Smieja

 

 

 

 


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