Living in such an exceptionally small town, one may think they know just about everything about everyone, but what's beneath the surface may come to be very surprising.
Freshman Jade Uyeda-Trackman has a very unique hobby not many people even know exist. Uyeda-Trackman practices the art of parkour multiple times a week.
Parkour is “a training methodology that involves getting over, around, and through obstacles to enhance physical fitness and mental preparedness” and is an extremely difficult skill to acquire. Uyeda-Trackman attends classes at Urban Evolution, and she says most of her classes include exercises like jumping off blocks of about nine or ten feet in height, avoiding obstacles while running, climbing pipes, and jumping up onto various types of blocks.
Uyeda-Trackman has been attending classes during the week at Urban Evolution for about two months now, starting at the beginning of her freshman year. Since parkour can be a grueling and demanding activity, Uyeda-Trackman prevents injury by only attending classes once or twice a week.
Unlike most sports, no special clothes or materials are required, just one’s self. Uyeda-Trackman says “It’s really fun, I enjoy doing it.”
Uyeda-Trackman partakes in parkour for pure fun, although it also provides the training and knowledge for if one is ever stuck in a situation where a quick escape is necessary. She hopes to continue to the next courses offered at Urban Evolution; cross-fit, break-dance, capoiera, or free running.
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