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  • There was a lot of times were the parkour scene still had a lot of anger and a lot of youth to it.

  • It used to get into a fair bit of trouble when I was younger.

  • And now that I'm interested in parkour I realise it's becauseI wasn't interested in anything,

  • I didn't have anything to do.

  • That first step, realising that you can give it 110%,

  • you can commit with your body, and can spring in to that jump,

  • and realise that, oh, even if I land and jump off the other side,

  • it's still okay. I'm not going to crash and burn.

  • I believe it does change the way you look at the world.

  • The art of moving efficiently through urban environments, known as parkour,

  • is both a sport and a discipline.

  • More than 20 years after it's birth in France in the late 80s

  • parkour is thriving in Australian cities.

  • I'm Dominic di Tommaso, 24 years old,

  • I am part of Crew 42.

  • My name is Max Masters,

  • I'm 25 years old, and I've been doing parkour for almost nine years.

  • Max and Dom are two of the founding members of Crew 42,

  • one of the top parkour groups in Australia.

  • Is it a business, but it originally started out as a group of mates,

  • just having fun and trying to capture that.

  • I have a strong team of six,

  • and we do professional work quite often, probably once a month at this stage.

  • We're training together twice a week.

  • We've done a few different things like a car show performance in China, and

  • we work at a lot of different companies like Panasonic.

  • I get to be part of an exclusive group of parkour, which happens to represent Sydney as a whole.

  • So i can say that I am Sydney Parkour.

  • Both Max and Dom starting training around the same time,

  • but they came from very different backgrounds.

  • I identify as Islander Australian.

  • My mother is from Papua New Guinea,

  • and my father is from the Cook Islands.

  • My father left us when I was quite young.

  • My mother suffers from a mental condition, paranoid schizophrenia.

  • From the age of six until about 13, me and my siblings were in foster care.

  • There was one time, for maybe half a year, where I actually didn't have a place to stay,

  • As a kid growing up and going to high school, I found it really hard to focus on things like study, and

  • reading books and getting ready for tests.

  • I wasn't focused enough from all the unstable trauma that was happening in my life at the time.

  • I didn't really finish high school.

  • I used to hang around with a group of guys who were really quite aggressive and violent.

  • I was charged with assault occasioning in actual bodily harm.

  • I thought I was going to end up just like everybody else in my neighbourhood.

  • There wasn't much hope back then.

  • I used to have a youth mentor who would take me around to different places.

  • One day he showed me parkour on youtube,

  • and I couldn't believe it.

  • I was like a huge green light, saying YES.

  • I had a full time background in figure skating,

  • I also did ballet and dance full time.

  • I've won the Australian Championships for ice skating four times.

  • Something like falling on the ice 100 times a session when I was younger,

  • to now falling on concrete once, it's a little bit easier to deal with.

  • I was always doing sports, and channeling my energy into sports with all these guidelines and restrictions,

  • And then one day, on the internet,

  • I saw a parkour video, and went, 'people can do this, legitimately?'

  • Like they just run and jump, they don't need guidelines or rules?

  • Dom is a sponsored athlete.

  • He's also part of another crew, Team Farang,

  • a collection of elite parkour athletes from around the world.

  • Parkour has taken me to Thailand, it's also taken me to China, multiple times,

  • I've been to Holland, I've been to Spain, I've been to France, I've been to Italy,

  • I think the biggest feeling of elation I've had has been a jump called the ManPower gap.

  • Five stories high on to a four story roof, death drop in between.

  • Currently in Australia, as a professional parkour competing athlete

  • I believe I am the only one making enough to get by and travel.

  • There is no strict guideline - it's not like you start start in the mailroom of parkour

  • and work your way up to CEO.

  • So when you do your slide over the box, you want to think about where you're going to land...

  • Both Max and Dom are giving back to the sport that changed their lives.

  • and training the next generation.

  • Not everyone who is doing parkour is jumping from 40 story rooftop to 40 story rooftop.

  • That's just what you see in the internet.

  • There's a lot more of a deeper side, and a lot more that's come in at ground level.

  • It's something that can really teach people to overcome obstacles both mentally and physically,

  • and to be more confident in themselves.

  • Today, what we're going to be doing, is learning our web stuff.

  • I'm 14, and I've been doing parkour for just over a year.

  • Even when it seems like they're really good, and they're not going to bother with someone who is new,

  • you'd be surprised at hour friendly everyone is,

  • and how much they love to help out.

  • -How to you find it here? -Good, really good.

  • The guys here are like family.

  • So when you roll, you come down to your shoulder, but you come over it,

  • looking up the whole time...

  • The general atmosphere, within the parkour community,

  • is just positive.

  • Everybody's just accepting of one another,

  • age, race, gender, it doesn't matter.

  • I believe that Max is easily on the same level, if not better than myself.

  • He's naturally very very gifted for the sport.

  • He's tried to reinvent himself and reinvent what he is doing,

  • so that he can make a career in this sport. So that it is possible for someone

  • from his background,

  • to do what they love and achieve a fully fledged life dream.

  • Everybody is dealt cards.

  • It's just whether you get on with it or not.

  • Parkour is my life. i can't see my life without it at all.

There was a lot of times were the parkour scene still had a lot of anger and a lot of youth to it.

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