The group formed two years ago
Why walk around something when you can somersault straight over it? That’s the question people involved in the sport parkour ask themselves every day.
The aim is simple: to move from one place to another as efficiently and quickly as possible.
The result is a series of sometimes spectacular acrobatic moves including vaults, handsprings and back flips.
And it’s a sport that’s grabbing the attention of young people right across Somerset.
Catching the bug
Escape Parkour was the first team to set up in Taunton. They formed two years ago and have been developing their skills and their membership ever since.
“I tried it because it was something different and unique,” said team member Tom Kelly. “Once you start learning different moves its impossible to stop.”
The team practice their skills in different places around the County town. And they have attracted quite a bit of attention.
Debenhams even decided to sponsor them after customers told them how impressed they were to see the team practice outside the shop restaurant windows.
The Taunton Town Centre company has also backed the team, helping them run workshops and put on displays.
“We were fairly surprised to get the support,” said Tom. “We never thought anything like this would happen.”
Learning the ropes
But while they make it look easy the team warn that newcomers should be cautious.
“Sometimes they’ll see someone who’s fairly advanced and trained doing a move and they think they can do it themselves,” he said. “That’s how some people end up getting injured.”
But Tom Kelly also says there’s plenty of help for anyone who wants to try out the sport. He recommends the tutorials on the Urban Free Flow website, or simply to ask any groups you see on the streets.
Goodlands Gardens is one of the best places in Taunton for Parkour.
Team members teach each other the different techniques.
last updated: 05/11/07
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