Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Half a decade later...
While Parkour has been a firm part of the Oxford's culture since as early as 2003 (shout out to OxTricks!), this coming Saturday will be Oxford Parkour's (as we currently know it) 5th Birthday. So it's a good excuse to dust off this old blog and take a peek at where we now are.
Weird to think just how much this community has grown and matured over the last 5 years.
What started with Alex being pestered by a few people to teach them to jump around and stuff, has now evolved into a dedicated team of people constantly looking for ways to reach more people, deliver more sessions and make those sessions of a higher quality.
It's now rare for Oxford to have a day without a training session happening at some point, somewhere and we are seeing new faces appear on a pretty much weekly basis.
As a result, we have a near 50/50 split of male and female practitioners and I can't even keep track of how many people of different ages and backgrounds I've had the pleasure of training with!
Many of the practitioners who I first introduced to parkour are now constantly teaching me new things in return and having the same happen to them by people who they introduced to parkour!
Communities can be wonderful things!
PS: Our (well, Tom's) graphics design game is outstanding.
PPS: If you are about in Oxford this Saturday, come say hi - full event details are here. Otherwise, we hope to see you out there some time soon!