The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Chris Grant
This week's Debrief is aimed at Chris Grant from Glasgow Parkour. Chris is a dedicated and skilled Traceur who has been instrumental in developing the PK scene in Glasgow and Scotland in general.
How long have you been a Traceur?
What movements are you currently working on?
I've been really enjoying working on far and precise jumps now that Glasgow is dry for our few weeks of summer.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
It varies from about 20% to about 60% depending on my goals for the month.
Favourite conditioning exercise?
Quadrupedie is so so useful and was the initial way I started doing conditioning. I still love/hate it.
Who or what is your biggest influence?
Definitely the people around me, from friends to coaches to students as well as other artists such as dancers/physical theatre performers. I find it really interesting to just look at other people's approach to movement. The influence isn't really that I copy their 'moves' more that I inherit some of their perspective and approach.
A big grilled chicken fajita, no sour cream or cheese.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
I dont train to music, but have been using a lot of emancipator and glitch mob in workshops recently, as well as some Sigur Ros for reflective/meditative sessions.
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
My phone. Unfortunately i'm chained to it as I dont have time to be 'at the office' all day. It also has my GPS run tracker, music and Tabata timer on it....
How do you approach breaking a jump?
At the moment this is something I'm exploring a lot. I tend to try and trust that initial 'yes' reaction that you get when you first see a Jump and know it's there for you. I then try to get it done quicly while that thought is fresh. Alternatively I end up pacing like a rage monster for ten minutes first.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Don't get bogged down in 'what' it is you are doing. Just play with movement and try to keep an open mind.