MEET ANDREY LUTSEVICH, A 28-YEAR-OLD PARKOUR ENTHUSIAST THAT PERFORMED PARKOUR WHEREVER HE WENT! IN THIS FEATURE, LEARN ABOUT ANDREY’S STORY AND HOW HE BROUGHT PARKOUR TO QATAR IN HIS OWN WAY.
Andrey’s interest in Parkour blossomed from his admiration to the actor Jackie Chan from a very young age. Watching his movies, Andrey attempted to do rolls and handstands in front of the television since he was six years old. At the age of 12, Andrey along with his friends created a “stuntmen” team and started climbing whatever was around them. In 2005, they were introduced to Parkour and became fans from day 1. They immediately started looking for videos on YouTube and practicing their moves. “We didn’t have any nice acrobatics gyms with foam pits and mats so we simply took it outside and learned it the hard way. We fell constantly, got bruises and minor injuries. But, it was a lot of fun!”
Since then, Andrey actively searched for other parkour enthusiasts around Ukraine. Along with his friends, they organized annual Parkour jams in different cities, to share and learn from other people as well as having a good time and creating a community. Thanks to his dedication to Parkour, Andrey was invited to a grand anniversary show on
of the local channels in Ukraine to perform with the worldwide famous parkour team of that time, 3Run from England. “These were the professional athletes whose videos we used to watch repetitively at the beginning of our journey and we had the chance to perform with them side by side.”
It’s like the place has been particularly designed to run there! I managed to get a good Parkour session there once, it looks like the setting place for an Assasin’s Creed movie!