#1 – Raffi Debatin

This is the 1st of a series of conversations with parkour practitioners on my travels in Europe.

With Raffi, we got into the direction this project can go, play and failure and how chaos and order is themed throughout his life.

Recorded Oct. 17, 2018.

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“I think I just have a higher tolerance of shitty conditions than the average person”

I missed my flight from London to Cologne (…for the 2nd time) and felt a strong urge to take it by land so I stepped out of the airport and began my hitchhike to Cologne.

Balcony

My mind melts, along with its confines The sky can be felt again. My driver told me he missed how life was in Romania many years ago. “Dolce far niente”, he explained, was what he missed most. Belgrade soon.

Why do you train.

I had never written in detail my reasons to train as I feel they change all the time. But I’ve learned after writing this the foundation of it stands solid. Questions taken from Those Guys Collective If you were to describe your training with the two fundamental aspects of it,

Chaos/Order

The first diagram shows information as we often experience at the beginning, in a random and undefined state. It’s a bit messy. The second diagram turns that same information into a digested form: words, relations, categories, etc. Leaving information in a chaotic state makes comprehension and recall more difficult. Looking

Promise Land

While on a hike, somewhere in Austria… Me: “Have you guys ever seen that place submerged underwater, it looks like another world! The photos show submerged trails… a bench and trees but it’s only like that for a part of the year! It’s probably in Sweden… or in Scandinavia, somewhere

Future self

I started parkour in 2007 in Toronto, Canada. I practiced with our little community while surfing forums like pkto.ca (R.I.P.), parkour.net and watching the odd video from Europe here and there. The thought of meeting these people would remain a fantasy had I not heard about my friend’s adventures early

Reflections from my phantom hamstrings

Dear Mandy, Remember when you would train hard and push until you had nothing left to give but after a second thought you would think you still had some and so for the longest time you had the pattern of thinking that you’re not good enough? Your desperation fed me

Danish parkour schools

I’ve been fascinated by Denmark’s parkour structures for some time. I remember the disbelief I felt when I saw a photo of Gerlev for the first time. I had no comprehension it was a part of an academy that taught parkour. The quality of what they are doing with parkour

Training like the days of parkour.net

Some thoughts from the two months in Europe so far… Measure of consistency If you fall off, mark it down. If you stay on, mark it down. Clean and concise, the only way a measure of consistency needs to be done. I’ve attempted to record my parkour training multiple times

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