This week the Debrief has gone international and contacted Anan Anwar of Team Farang whom we know well, and who also worked alongside our Performance Team at a recent high-profile show in Thailand.
How long have you been a Traceur?
I will have been training for 6 years this May. I remember my first jam session in Sydney quite vividly.
What movements are you currently working on?
I've been drilling short sprints recently in an attempt to add some distance to my running jump. I felt I lost a lot of power after an ankle injury 6 months ago. I'm trying to get that back now.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
To be honest it's a lot less than what I probably should be doing. Maybe 10% of the time I spend out training is conditioning. I do think I have very natural style because of how intensely I train just movements, but I do have a lot more nagging pains in my body that could have really been avoided.
Favorite conditioning exercise?
Who or what is your biggest influence?
I have a big dance background so the guys that impressed me the most starting out weren't necessarily the power houses or the acrobatic, but the really graceful guys. One that comes to mind now is William Belle. He always looked like he was just gliding round the place.
I'm a Sushi man. I love me some raw salmon.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
Sail (unlimited gravity remix) - Awolnation
We can make the world stop - The Glitch Mob
The Motto - Drake
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
Besides the obvious stuff I always pack a book in my bag. I don't know why. I never read it, I just like to bring it with me.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
Mood is everything for me. If I'm in fear mode no matter how many different ways I try to rationalize doing something it wont help much in helping me make the decision to do it. I try to make sure I'm in the right head space when I'm trying new things.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out?
Play. The people that stick with it always find a way to make the hard work feel like play. Lofty future orientated motivations are useful (wanting to be stronger, healthier, impress the girl, whatever) but the ones that stick around, progress the most, and are most creative, are playful in there practice and make it a game. Play time is serious business.