by HOPZ / @slaman10
Spidey and I trained together yesterday morning at Brower. And it was good we did too—Spidey could have authored the kinesiology text on my bed stand.
We were talking about ways to improve my kicks. Not my (painfully bad) footwear game, but literal strikes with my feet. Spidey told me which muscles and stretches and exercises affect that area.
To have good kicks, you must have good hips. And it’s no coincidence that you gotta have good hips to be healthy. That area controls reproduction, excretion, strength and balance. Your hips literally are everything.
That’s pretty common knowledge, but I’d forgotten how important it is to do planks, leg raises, sit-ups, kicks, groin stretches and squats every day. They’re gruesome and painful, but they’re the only moves to bust your gut and make you feel light. Do these things every day and eat natural food… and how can your body NOT feel energized?
Toward the end of the morning session, I was front tucking over stuff (low stuff, tho) and feeling a lot lighter. That was an important morning session for me, thanks to Spidey’s help.
We did a few things after, but I gotta skip to the afternoon session…
While walking through an Orthodox Jew part of Crown Heights, I got a taste of what’s going on in Brooklyn. A couple Black teens were beating up on a Jewish kid in the street, most likely trying to steal something from him. I’m not sure if they actually took anything, but they eventually stopped and dipped around the street corner.
As Spidey and I were crossing the street, I overheard a Jew say they were calling the police. We got a perfect view of the kids before they ran off down the street, past the isolated, cookie cutter homes.
I asked Spidey if we should have stopped the kids. But he said you can’t get involved in that stuff because suspects are quickly confused.
We continued to train/walk down the street. It was about two blocks before the boys and a crowd of Jews rolled up on us.
It made sense. The two kids ran down the street in the direction we were walking. We’re two young people about two blocks away from the crime.
One big flaw, though: I’m White.
That little piece of evidence didn’t stop an angry Jew from pointing at us, screaming, “It’s them!”
The boys asked us where we were going (Ninja and Raizen’s). Where we were coming from (the Parkway and Nostrand). They asked if I had anything suspicious in my bag (I hoped not).
They asked what was in my pockets (literally nothing). And no one touched me. They frisked Spidey for “personal safety” though…
Orthodox Jews are honest, hard-working and mostly, very PRIVILEGED.
After figuring out that one White kid and one Black kid walking down the street weren’t the two Black kids running from the scene, the police eventually allowed us to leave.
But not before they took all our information. My name was entering the system. Spidey’s already been in there.
Spidey was clearly tight, saying stuff like, “all cops are really dumb” as we walked by a policewoman. We talked about the Detroit Riot and how he thinks a riot will break out in New York within a year or two. This isn’t something new that I just heard, and I believe it too.
As we turned onto E. 96th Street in Brownsville, the streets were littered with Blue. There are literally 10 times the cops (or maybe more) in Brownsville than say, Park Slope… or most parts of Manhattan.
And, on a day like yesterday, these cops had QUOTAS due in seven days. They were stopping anyone remotely “suspicious” on the streets on this Monday afternoon.
The perception of the hood is dangerous. And the police are there to protect it, right? Oh boy…
The people who live in this neighborhood are good people who want the same basic things as everyone else in life. I’d say these people are, as a whole, some of the most harmonious and peaceful people on earth.
They immigrated to America in search of making money and returning home for a better life. Problem is, it takes money to make money in America. And once proud dreams are quickly forgotten.
We finally met Ninja and Raizen, and Team IMPULSE was assembled.
We moved with the wind and stopped at a mini park between some major streets. Raizen and I were backflipping. Ninja was walking on his hands in circles. Spidey was side-flipping over benches, in his crazy running character.
And I must’ve REALLY looked suspicious yesterday. Because I turned around and the boys were frisking me, shoving into my backpack and pockets.
They frisked Ninja as well and took everyone’s information. They decided we were innocent, but everyone was tight. Because that’s what happens when people leave the crib in these neighborhoods, especially when quotas are due. This is why a riot could be neigh.
We got back to running, and it was a very good training. We ran through populated streets and caught a lot of attention—mostly awe and comments. (You see four runners doing something cool on the street in a serious, respectful and practiced way, and you’ll know what I’m talking about…)
“A freerunner has to completely give in and trust his body,” Ninja always tells us, and that’s basically how parkour liberates minds.
Oh, and people have no idea what Ninja actually does. That’s gonna quickly change.
He thinks he’s slow right now, but he was doing things yesterday that will take parkour to new heights this summer.
Posted on Tuesday, 24 April 2012
by HOPZ / @slaman10