The Debrief: PKGen Questions... Sebastien Foucan
This week The Debrief has one of the originators of the whole shebang in the hotseat - Sebastien Foucan. Star of the James Bond reboot, brave competitor in Dancing on Ice and all round nice guy, Seb was one of the nine young Frenchmen who called themsleves Yamakasi and gave birth to a phenomenon. Read on...
As one of the originators of the discipline, you’ve been involved in hundreds of projects to date revolving around parkour/freerunning. Can you tell us one of your favourite projects and why?
The ADAPT certificate and working with Parkour UK have been a great experience because I like the approach of bringing in a standard of coaching we can rely on.
Even though I’m really attached with the freedom aspect of the practice, as an ambassador I’m concerned about how it could be badly demonstrated or represented and that’s why I’m proud to work and share ideas with Parkour Generations and PKUK to make a better future for Parkour /Freerunning.
Can you explain a little about how your own training has evolved over the years?
Over the years I realised that I don’t have to ‘train’ if there is no purpose. My training has evolved from very serious and dedicated training to a more playful and adapting way of practicing. In the past there was a time that I was over training and focused too much in one direction.
Over the years I have developed my own principles & concept. My way of practicing is very personal and has evolved after a long time observing and experimenting, but all the steps along the way were necessary for me.
I do practice still now, to maintain a certain level of healthiness, but for me it’s a lifestyle.
You’ve become very involved with the global ADAPT coaching qualification programme for the art, putting yourself through each level of the process yourself. What is it about ADAPT that you like and why is it necessary?
ADAPT brings a standard which can help the discipline to be recognised and accepted. People can have confidence in the coaching standards and practice.
Also, I know how to display ‘my way’, but that doesn’t mean I know everything about coaching. I’ve never been coached and this was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about coaching from people who have dedicated their life to it, it’s a real skill. It is also a great way to meet people and share ideas.
I’m someone who likes learning and experiencing new things and the best way to know something, is to do it and experience it.
I firmly believe that: There are no masters, only students.
You recently moved to London – why have you chosen to live in the UK and what is one thing you love about the city?
My heart is in the UK, and it’s a great place for Parkour. I like the energy I feel in London and have had many great experiences here.
I love almost all the cities around the world though, as long as we can climb, jump and roll.
What is your favourite food, colour, mode of transport and movie?
Boeuf bourguignon (but occasionally!)
Walking, Bicycle, (tube, trains but not in the rush hours!)
Dances with wolves, Dead poets society and many more
What upcoming projects are you most looking forward to now, if you can talk about them?
ADAPT Assessments ;-)
Opening my own class.
Finally, what is the most important piece of advice you would give to any new practitioner starting out in the discipline?
Come with passion, curiosity and respect always!