We caught up with Wales based parkour hero Frazer from Fluidity Freerun.
If the most extreme form of urban sport you’ve ever done is playing football with an old Red Bull can behind a supermarket that one time, you need to check out what the nutbags at Fludity Freerun get up to on a daily basis.
Since forming in 2005, Fluidity has enjoyed almost ten years as one of, if not, the best parkour group in Wales as they’ve been blowing everyone’s minds ever since. In fact, their brand’s become so successful that some members are involved in premier overseas projects.
Last year alone, these terrifyingly nimble lads enjoyed exhibiting at festivals including Boomtown, Fieldview, Fusion as well as working with high-profile companies to showcase their talent in awesome promotional campaigns. Fluidity have always worked with Gentleman’s Dub Club and purveyors of fancy drinks Desperados in the past.
The best thing that Fluidity offers though has to be that they revel in giving back to the community and relish giving guidance prospective freerunners, no mater their skill level or age. Thanks to tutelage from the guys, other free running groups have been springing up all over with their popularity really helping to put parkour on the map in South Wales.
We caught up with Frazer of Fluidity Freerun for a little chinwaggle. Check what he had to say below.
Q&A with Frazer
1. When did you discover that you had a passion for parkour?
I was always running and jumping about with my friends when I was ickle. We used to watch The Matrix and try and run along our living room wall and climb onto roofs at school and generally just fall about a lot! It was pretty coincidental at about this time an advert titled Rush Hour came out, which featured David Belle running across the roofs of London. Then there was a documentary on the French guys, Jump London, which was followed up with Jump Britain, which was looking at the start of the UK scene. I caught Jump Britain, then all of a sudden realised that what we were doing was actually a thing. We started looking it up on some (very limited) websites and this was before the days of YouTube, so that was the start of it really.
I think the main reason I got into it was because of how personal it was. I was never a sporty guy, I was pretty sucky at stuff like that except for sprinting, which was horrible when it came to competitions and so on. I hated the nerves and pressure of most sports and parkour was this great thing where how good you were really didn’t matter, it was all about personal progression, facing challenges and overcoming them. I fell in love with this concept and was hooked from day one.
2. Where did you start training?
I’m from a little place called Griffithstown which is part of Pontypool in the Valleys. I used to go out to all of the old schools by my house, we were learning all of the basics and just generally exploring things… it was a great time! There where a few of us close friends doing it and it was really underground, no one had any idea what we were doing to be honest so it felt really badass that our little group got to do the things we were doing. We would go across lots of places in South Wales just exploring roof tops, learning things that previously we thought were impossible. Cardiff became a main meet up point for jams and events being the capital city and all, but we were always around the Valleys in places like Cwmbran and Pontypool.
3. Have you ever suffered a serious injury from free running?
I’ve never really done anything too bad… just little nicks and bashes. I sliced my shins off on a wall once when I slipped backwards and caught them on some jagged ass excuse of a wall. I wasn’t even doing anything daring but that took ages to heal up.
I had swelling the size of golf balls on each shin with a massive hole into each one too boot. Other than that I’ve just hurt my feet or ankles over the years, it’s kinda part and parcel with it.I had some pretty horrible back and shoulder problems, but that wasn’t from anything specific to do with free running. It just kinda happened!
4. How did Fluidity Freerun start?
Well when me and all the guys started out, we thought we would be right badasses by giving our little clique a name. Fluidity Freerun is pretty cool even now I think, there where a lot of “Urban Monkies” and other disastrous names around so I think we did alright.
We started making our videos under this name and then the website and it just kinda all happened from there. We started doing lots of projects, getting involved in teaching sessions in Torfaen Gymnastics so we started getting a lot of news attention and media projects.
So Fluidity was just the name that we could do all of this under and eventually we became a professional outfit. Cool, eh?
5. What does the future hold for Fluidity?
We are always up to all sorts. Generally (and by being in Wales) we have a great niche which has always helped us do well. We have been around the longest and managed an amazingly long portfolio over the last eight or so years. We like to focus on grassroots community work such as academies and classes. We are training up other people to be coaches, so that way, we can get in more schools, events etc and everyone can hopefully keep their passion for free running as something they can scrape a living on too. We are always performing at festivals and each year we seem to be going further and further across the world doing that, so cannot complain. The main goal at the moment is getting our own indoor academy that we can use as a HQ for our operations and have an array of awesome classes, jams , events and courses.
6. Is there one place you always wanted to train?
I’ve been quite lucky to go around parts of the world free running but in recent years I’ve been pretty stuck in the UK as life got busy. I live in Cardiff now and it’s great, but I’d love to go hit up some more places abroad for free running. Europe is awesome and there are so many great free running groups in insane cities. I think Brazil would be awesome, it always looked badass there from videos I’ve seen and somewhere warmer wouldn’t hurt! Hong Kong looks insane as well and I’ve always wanted to go. But I think the top on my list would be Thailand. There’s an amazing group out there called Farang (the Thai word for foreigner) which consists of members from across different countries and they make some absolutely sick videos of mad adventures out there and other places.
7. And finally, who would win in a bare knuckle boxing match between Postman Pat and Fireman Sam?
I’d like to say it’s Fireman Sam because of his bravado. I mean Postman Pat is a bit of a pansy yet it’s always the boring ones with boring jobs you gotta watch out for. Quite frankly, I assume that Plasticine people having a fight isn’t quite practical and I guess they would kinda clump together.