|Photo courtesy of Jun Sato.|
|Group conditioning with the other instructors. Photo courtesy of Jun Sato.|
|Taking over a local restaurant for dinner (and lots of press-ups).|
In my initial plan to come back to London for Rendezvous, one of the reasons for this had been that the event was also supposed to coincide with the opening of the L.E.A.P. parkour park and training facility at the Westminster Sports Academy. However, due to a combination of problems with the builders and municipal bureaucracy, this was not to be.
|Checking out the park. Photo courtesy of Ludo.|
|So nice, yet so unfinished... Photo courtesy of Ludo.|
|To be re-visited. Photo courtesy of Ludo.|
The rest of Rendezvous was filled with two long days of the hard training that has come to be synonymous with the event, which was only exasperated by the presence of Williams Belle. While it was later confirmed that he did everything at the event with two broken shins bones, he still managed to move around with a grace and fluidity that was inspiring to witness and which left pretty much everyone, including a lot of the more experienced guys, struggling awkwardly to master the new movements. This was the first time that I managed to successfully cross paths with Williams in my travels and I was glad to finally be able to meet and train with him.
For me, this year was an interesting contrast with my participation in last year's event, mostly because I was wearing a white "Instructor" shirt this year. While the absence of Chau and Laurent, who seem to have an innate ability to make people do quantities of exercises that they would not normally perform voluntarily, was definitely felt, the mantles of "hard-ass" were quickly taken up by some of the Parkour Generations instructors who seem to have perfected the art of self-inflicted physical misery as well. Needless to say, I’m sure that that there were a lot of people that woke up very sore the following Monday and Tuesday. All in all it was another great event and was a testament to the ever-increasing popularity of parkour around Europe.
|Trust falls. Photo by Philippe Gaya.|
|Forrest leading the stretching at the end of the second day. Photo by Philippe Gaya.|
|Brian getting some extra exercise. Photo by Oliver Thorpe.|
|Training in the skate park next door. Photo by Oliver Thorpe.|
|Photo by Jun Sato.|
|The instructors of RDV 6. Photo by Jun Sato.|