In 2004 I watched the Channel 4 documentary 'Jump London'. Since that day I have been fascinated with the sport of parkour (sometimes also referred to as free-running). From 2007 to 2011 I practised parkour, training with Parkour Generations and blogging for them from 2010 to 2013. Today, I still train occasionally and write pieces summarising research on parkour for a general audience. This page showcases some of my blogs for Parkour Generations.
The Evolution of Parkour
Parkour sheds light on the evolution of large ape behaviour and tells us that moving efficiently between two points is a twenty-million-year-old survival skill.
Who takes risks in parkour?
Research shows how personality traits and a concept called 'self-efficacy' determine whether a traceur takes 'reckless' risks or not - and how this can be affected by training and experience.
Move Like an Animal
While technology means humans can travel faster than any animal across land, sea and air, we can still learn a lot from their special abilities to move.
Change Your Perception
When does a high wall become a low wall? When you practice parkour. Research from the US shows how parkour alters perception of obstacles.
The Fear Factor
Fear is a part of everyday life. No one is born with it - we learn it. And we can un-learn it too, according to a Nobel Prize winning scientist. Here's how.