Have you ever been thrilled while watching a fast-paced on-foot chase in a James Bond movie? Do you wonder how those people can keep running through hurdles, vault over obstacles, land gracefully on their feet, and keep on going with barely a pause? It’s a not just camera work and action. In fact, there’s a sport that teaches you to do that, and it’s called Parkour – freerunning.
The first time Yousef Mughrabi encountered freerunning was when he was studying in Jordan. “I was walking in the park and I saw some guys doing this crazy stuff and I said to myself, I want to learn this,” he recalls.
Unfortunately, Yousef isn’t aware of a similar community or any trainers for the sport in Qatar. While he has seen some people practicing parkour here, he believes that one needs a cohesive team where members can push each to train regularly and perfect their skills.
The beauty of freerunning is that it’s designated for urban environments and you don’t require a dedicated space to practice. “Trace anywhere and everywhere,” says Yousef.