Josh Burnett-Blake

birthday: 13 February 1992

 

How did you get into parkour and meet the rest of the team?

One of my school friends said he was going to a fitness class. The idea intrigued me so I asked if I could tag along, but he wasn’t keen as he thought I was annoying! I followed him anyway, until he noticed me, and by then it was too late for him to refuse. We arrived at the class and I saw parkour for the first time. The rest is history.

I met Toby in Guildford, randomly, and Callum and Sacha in Aldershot at a friend’s birthday event. Later I met Max, Benj and Drew training in Reigate near where I lived.

What do you most appreciate about being part of STORROR and about your team mates?

I really appreciate the group’s ability to always rise to challenges, and work as a unit to overcome them and crystallise visions.

What do you think makes STORROR unique among parkour teams?

What potentially sets us apart is the drive and belief that our ideas are possible, and that we’re always on the grind, always on the lookout for new angles.

What are your best parkour skills and what are your other talents or interests?

Creativity, technical movement, style and flow are my things. Other interests are health and fitness, reading books on science topics, psychology and philosophy, as well as arts, design, music, and absorbing culture.

What’s your diet like and what training or exercise do you do to improve fitness?

Recently my diet’s been really healthy. I’m trying to avoid foods that cause my body harm in the long run. But my favourite food is pizza, unfortunately! I go to the gym four or five times a week.

What’s your taste in books, films, music?

Books I’ve read recently: The Power of Habit, Power of the Subconscious Mind, Biography of Carl Jung, NLP Basics, The 48 Laws of Power. Favourite films: Kill Bill (vol 1), American Psycho, Heat, Taxi Driver, Leon. Music I listen to: hip-hop, soul, R&B, jazz, rock, classic, house, funk, grime, drill.

At school, what subjects were you best at and worst at?

My best were science, art, sport, and drama. My worst were maths, English, geography, and design technology.

If you weren’t a professional parkour athlete, what would you be doing for a living?

I’d like to be an actor, artist, or scientist.

What places would you like to visit that you haven’t yet and which are your favourites so far?

My favourites are Cappadocia, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. I’d love to go to Kyoto in Japan, as well as Africa, Antarctica and Hawaii.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

I’d like to become a more competent human being.

What advice would you give someone starting out in parkour?

Start slow and work on the basics to build a foundation. Allow technique to become your suit of armour against injury. Remember that years of practice go into learning a skill. Don’t attempt to recreate stunts you see others performing unless you are very experienced and fully confident in your ability.

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