The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Leon Lawrence
This week the Debrief talks to one of Parkour Generation's newest team members: Leon Lawrence.
How long have you been a Traceur?
What movements are you currently working on?
I'm working on breaking jumps, just trying to get comfortable with things that scare me, so my challenges at the moment are more mental than physical. I want to work on flow but working on fears first will allow me to combine flow with power moves.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
Probably about 10-15% now, but it used to be a lot more earlier on in my training. But I personally feel you can never be too strong, so more is better.
Favourite conditioning exercise?
Hmmm.. Wouldn't quite say I have a favourite as I've never found conditioning particularly fun than more of a necessity. But I guess I find it quite satisfying when you first get particular conditioning exercises like diving monkey's, muscle ups, or handstand pushups, then it's a case of working on good form or gaining personal satisfaction from increasing your rep count.
Who or what is your biggest influence?
Stephen Moss is my biggest influence (lol) he trains hard, never complains, covers a lot of London miles to find new spots and I can bounce off him when having training sessions.
Other than Steve there are many I draw inspiration from, Philip Doyle's excellent touch, Oleg's creativity, Jason Paul's flow, the Yamakazi's strength the list goes on. Generally anyone I train with day to day inspires me as much as anyone I watch on YouTube.
Chicken, in its many guises and macaroni with cheese.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
I usually download music tracks from YouTube videos that have impressed or inspired me and when I hear those tracks playing it brings me back to that moment of first seeing that video and can be both motivating and inspiring to go out and move. Though I don't normally train with music.
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
Bottle of water and first aid kit.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
Calculated and with caution, I'm not a risk taker so I'd like to eliminate as much of that as possible before I attempt a jump. So of course I'll check all surfaces first, feel out the landings, then where possible I'll re-create the jump in a safer setting, paying attention to run up, foot placement if needed, distance to be covered and landing technique. Once I am comfortable with all that, I get myself into position take deep breaths, shake out my arms and legs to relax myself then when I'm calm I'll go for it. Generally it's not usually as bad as the build up.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Take your time, there's no need to rush to be like people you see and if you're nervous of going out and moving by yourself, seek out a group of people, individuals or a good organisation to train with. And most importantly, start off small, see big.