Daniel Wan Jia Shu, a parkour expert from Hong Kong, tells us about his parkour experiences in Hong Kong.
From a working class family, Daniel never had a lot of choice of activities.
But deeply intrigued in Chinese Martial Arts, by the influence of Bruce Lee movies, Daniel had picked up Kung Fu at a very young age by becoming an apprentice under a master (whom he calls ‘Si Fu’).
Even though it might sound contradicting, practicing martial arts actually inspired his art senses.
He became obsessed with body movements and, with the help of a friend, became involved with the sport of Parkour.
He quickly fell in love with the sport, although it is not without challenge. He had to train hard, day and night, whenever he had any free time to get to this stage.
“It was hard, especially I didn’t really have a mentor or trainner or anything.”
And the security guards and law enforcing personnel didn’t help either.
“They would be responsible if we got hurt, and they didn’t want no trouble.”
However, after series of hard work and trainning, he is now a part-time trainner at the Hong Kong Parkour Association where he has helped to build a rather large Parkour community in Hong Kong.