After all, 2014 was the year that I paved the way for Coaching Best Practice in Welsh Schools & proved that elements of Parkour could be amalgamated into the Welsh Dragon Sport & PE Curriculum [teaching in over 20 Schools throughout Wales] as well as successfully directing & piloting Wales' first Mixed Movement Discipline (MMD) Competition called 'Release The Movement'. Further to that I have also & successfully ran Kinetics Academies in 3 Welsh Counties with the support of local Government... No easy feat when juggling a final year in University, running a business & taking care of 3 children [not including any relationship attempts]. Yet so far I've continued to be a success, and continued to prove to myself and everyone else what I am capable of.
Is it what I thought?
However, go onto any youth or community forum with Parkour as a topic and you may see a different picture.
My experiences throughout this year have led me to question what Parkour really is [or perhaps I should say ' has become'], as well as its culture; its community and its newly established governance. Is it all becoming more of a hindrance to the evolution of Parkour rather than a support system?
When I first entertained the idea of turning my hobby into a career I thought I knew what Parkour & Freerunning was so the debate of Parkour being a Sport or Art didn't come to my mind as becoming an issue. At first, I assumed that, much like other sports, attaining funding would be a straight forward process. Also, I had a rather naive ideal that the Parkour community would be supportive of each other [much like the Martial Arts communities I grew up with] and the new Governing Body would support those individuals who had little or no money to help get started or to build a club or career.
So what now?