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Parkour, Freerunning, & Awesomeness | Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution in Alexandria, Virginia

Not too long ago, my best friend had told me about this gym in Alexandria that teaches parkour and freerunning. Now I must admit, that upon hearing his excitement and the dire urgency in his voice for us to check it out, I was skeptical and nervous. Me, doing parkour? Okay, I gave in and did rock climbing (which I loved,) but the idea of me doing parkour & freerunning is something completely foreign to my agility.

Yet, in the midst of my apprehension, a coincidental series of mingling and meeting people by going to Sunglass Sundays , I heard about Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution. And get this, it was the same gym my best friend was telling me about. Apparently, Urban Evolution is the only parkour and freerunning gym in Virginia, and the DJ I met at Sunglass Sundays (Eugene aka DJ Skinner,) actually works there. So I had the chance to come out on Saturday night and check out the gym’s Ninja Warrior Night.

If you don’t know what Ninja Warrior is, then shame on you! Seriously, how on earth could you not knowabout one of the greatest competitions that tests the strength and agility of human beings. If you think gladiator challenges back in the day and the Olympics are tough (which I can’t wait to watch,) then you surely haven’t had a chance to see how difficult Sasuke aka Ninja Warrior is.

Basically, the Urban Evo gym contains a smaller version of the course(s) typically seen on the popular G4TV show, Ninja Warrior. The gym’s setup allows participants + students to enhance their parkour and freerunning skills; one must possess agility and strength to truly be a ninja warrior.

So what exactly should you expect to see at one of Urban Evolution’s Ninja Warrior nights? Well, you’ll see a variety of young kids and adults being cheered on by the crowd as they attempt to complete the course in a set amount of time. You don’t have to be a student of the gym to compete, you can pay a fee, register, and give it a shot to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a Ninja Warrior. And it’s not one of those cocky environments where you’ll feel horrible if you fall or mess up; the people at Urban Evo are so nice and supportive, they do their best to make sure everyone feels accomplished.

Even though I was the farthest thing from a contestant (yeah, doubt I’ll be trying to do parkour anytime soon,) I did have a lot of fun as a spectator. It was amazing to see the young kids passionate about competing, and it was nice to see so many adults that were thrilled to come out and test their might to see if they had what it takes to be a “Ninja Warrior.”

I’m not quite sure when the next Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution will take place, but I do know that Urban Evolution is a super cool place worth checking out. If you want to learn parkour, freerunning, breakdancing, aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, or Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, then I highly recommend you check out Urban Evo, a critically-acclaimed gym in Alexandria, Virginia.

Who knows, maybe you can train and become the next American Ninja Warrior. :)

More info: http://urbanevo.com/

Check out the pictures from the Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution. Pictures taken by my best friend, photographer and graphic designer Samuel Famoyegun.

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Infinity List | POC Excursion & Rider of the Year

You may recall last week I wrote two posts that were geared towards extreme sports enthusiasts, as well as film lovers who enjoy excellent cinematography. One of the post was Infinity List | Are You Ready to Experience Freedom? The other post was this amazing slow motion video about freerunning/parkour and the title of that post was Tru Freedom | The Beauty of Slow Mo Freerunning.

Each post featured a different extreme sport, but both of the videos came from Infinity List, an amazing website that features the best in the cinematic sports experience. Since I’ve written those two posts, I have been checking out Infinity List every single day. The amount of videos they have on the site is insane! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, another video is submitted that is pure awesomesauce.

So the latest dosage of awesomesauce comes from two videos that profile two different extreme sports. POC Bike Excursion is a film about BMX riders Danny MacAskill, Martin Söderström and Daniel Dhers as they defy possibilities & BMX in some unique locations throughout Sweden. I’ve seen some amazing BMX tricks before, but the beauty of the surroundings and the creativity are what make POC Bike Excursion an innovative video.

The other video, Rider of the Year Preview II is about whitewater kayaking. Now, when I say kayaking I don’t just mean riding down a river with violent water. The type of whitewater kayaking I’m talking about is uber extreme, I mean kayaking off waterfalls extreme. Yes, waterfalls. Super dangerous, but amazing to watch! But in order to be in the running for the Rider of the Yearaward, you have to do some pretty amazing stunts to impress the judges.

Now there is no way I’d ever attempt either of those sports, but I thoroughly enjoy watching the videos. Both videos have some stunning cinematic footage and a great soundtrack. Maybe your not a fan of extreme sports, but if you love great cinematography & editing, then be sure to watch both of the videos below. They are pretty radical!

Music:
Era – Ameno
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

Music:
01 Awolnation – Magalithic Symphony
02 Awolnation – Sail

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Infinity List | Are You Ready to Experience Freedom?

I’ve always had this ambition to become an adrenaline junkie (probably because I lived in Colorado eight years surrounded by nature.) Now, I know that adrenaline seeking isn’t something you embark on overnight, but I’m sure I could easily become hooked after partaking in one adrenaline filled activity. Skydiving? Eh, not for me. Base jumping? Yeah, I’d give that a try. But at the end of the day, maybe it’s something I should leave up to the world’s professionals (I cherish my life, so no danger for me at the moment.)

There are folks out there in this world who live & breathe (almost nearing death occasionally) dangerous adrenaline pumping happenings. You can easily do a Google search of some of the world’s best when it comes to adrenaline junkies, but if you want to see some mind-blowing cinematography, then Infinity List is a prime destination for out-of-this world footage.

Yesterday I posted an amazing video called Tru Freedom (Slow Mo Freerunning) and it can also be viewed over at Infinity List’s website. You seriously should head over to their site to get lost for hours watching some of the most amazing footage you might ever see in your life. The slogan for the site is “the cinematic sports experience” and each video is truly an experience.

A lot of the videos seem to have this beautiful theme of “freedom” and the latest video Experience Freedom is yet another mind-blowing cinematic experience that showcases some of the world’s best skydivers, base jumpers, and wingsuit athletes. The video is truly an epic experience, and the cinematography is exceptional; you feel as though you are actually there. The vibe is so inviting, and the stunts are so insane. Honestly, I got an adrenaline rush just from watching the video!

The video is so amazing epic! After watching the video I decided to spend hours on Infinity List and I realized it’s hands down one of the best websites I’ve ever visited! If you’re looking for action, adventure, and adrenaline rushes in eight adventure sport categories, then InfinityList.com is where it’s all at.

So grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and be prepared to enjoy a spectacular journey!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Tru Freedom | The Beauty of Slow Mo Freerunning

I remember a few years ago watching this movie called District B13. The entire movie was in French, but the action was enough to keep me intrigued. Basically the film enlisted the use of parkour (freerunning) to take simple action scenes and elevate them to the next level.

I’ve always loved the idea of attempting to run around the city flipping & jumping off things, but sadly I don’t have the dexterity or the overall strength to accomplish such a task. Yet, that’s why I leave it up to the professional freerunners of the world. From the pros to the average city kids breaking a few bones, parkour is something that is insanely fun to watch, but difficult toactually do.

Trying to freerun is something I don’t plan on trying anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the beauty of the sport. Freerunning is the element of true freedom, but it’s even more amazing to watch when it’s in slow motion.

Slow motion freerunning is something Youtube user pwnisher decided to capture at 300fps. The video is called Tru Freedom (Slow Mo Freerunning) and it captures the true beauty & freedom that encompasses the art of parkour & freerunning.

Watch the stunning visuals below.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com