A couple of weeks ago, we got a chance to learn more about Master Sensei Vince aka "The Ninjarine". If you haven't read about his past experiences with parkour and how game shows like Sasuke and Ninja Warrior have influenced him, you can check it out here
This week, we were able to interview another wonderful Sensei here at Gymja Warrior, Sensei Kevin
. We all know that he is a lifetime lover of athletics being involved in lacrosse, golf, played several years of college football, seven-year instructor in freestyle skiing at Mount Snow, Vermont, and current member of the Boston Celtics Dunk Team.
However, we want to know more about Kevin and his past experiences with parkour and Ninja Warrior obstacles. Here are some questions that we asked Kevin
- Did learning parkour help you with doing other sports?
Absolutely, way more than I ever would have imagined it could. I had played a whole variety of sports throughout my life as well as playing football in college and I can honestly say I have never felt more athletic than I do after learning and continuously practicing these techniques. It taught me how to efficiently use all the strength that I had gained from lifting all those years, if I had gone to a place like this when I was a kid or in high school, there is no doubt I could have gone to a Division 1 school for football.
- How did parkour influence your life?
I look at the world and the landscape differently, just walking around I almost feel like a child again in that I look at stationary objects and immediately think about different ways to climb them or practice some of the techniques I have learned.
- What got you into teaching at Gymja Warriors?
I've grown up in freestyle skiing and had always been interested in the freedom of movement aspect of parkour, because it is like freestyle skiing in any given landscape, so when I was given the opportunity to start coaching here and learn those techniques as well as get to train on ninja warrior level obstacles I couldn’t turn it down.
- What’s your favorite trick or move to teach kids at Gymja Warrior?
I would have to say either getting up the warped wall or how to do a front flip, because both of them are a huge accomplishment not only for kids but really anybody.
- How can learning Parkour or training on Ninja Warrior Obstacles help a kid’s future?
Over time it is a huge confidence builder, but it’s a process. We first teach kids how to fail and deal with that failure to motivate them in achieving their goals. I can't tell you how many kids have started classes here with the inability to do much of anything in the gym, and within a couple weeks are flying up the walls or through other obstacles that we have here. It's an amazing feeling to watch that progress both in their athletic ability and self-confidence when they achieve their goals and beat the obstacles they have been working on.
“It's all about the rally”…Bad things happen to literally everyone, but I always look to find a little victory in those situations or focus on a way to learn from the mistakes so that you can create a positive solution and get better from them.
- What is it like to a member of the Celtics Dunk Team?
IT IS AWESOME!! Its hard to even consider that a job, but it is the greatest opportunity that I have had so far in my life and it wouldn’t even have been a consideration if it wasn’t for Gymja Warrior. There is nothing like performing for 20,000 screaming Celtics fans at the garden, and it's an absolute privilege to be associated with that organization.Last question for Sensei Kevin:
- Would you consider trying out for Ninja Warriors?
100%, keep an eye out for me in the 2017 Ninja Warrior season.
We wish him good luck on his quest to the grand prize of $1,000,000 on the show.
If you or you have kids that are interested in parkour courses and Ninja Warrior inspired obstacles, contact us at 978-810-5577 or fill out a contact form