Parkour Legends: Daniel Ilabaca, Tim Shieff, and Oleg Vorslov

Declan Saldana, Staff Reporter
January 27, 2012
Filed under Opinions

From young boys to grown professionals, these protégé Parkour practitioners have dedicated their lives to live in the art of motion. Daniel Ilibaca, from Moreton, England has took an interest in Parkour since he was young. His first video was made in 2003 and he was recognized by many as one of the most pure and talented Parkour practitioner in the world. Danny has grown past the videos now and no longer creates them. However, his appearance in MTV’S Ultimate Parkour Challenge was his most recent video. Daniel expresses himself through Parkour and believes that parkour will change the way people interact. In his video “Choose Not To Fall” he explains how much of Parkour and life is affected by the choices you make. Making the choice or thinking you’re going to fall is mostly the result of falling.

Thinking you’re going to fail at something gives you a higher risk of doing just that. Committing to something you’re thinking or knowing you will land gives you a higher chance of landing or completing the task. When Danny sets his mind on a task or project, he is going to follow through and make it happen which is how he was and still is with Parkour. Danny has lately taken a new interest in film, and together with his brothers enjoy filming Parkour videos. Danny is pure in every task he takes risk in trying and keeps showing that through his work.

Tim Shieff (Livewire) from Derby, United Kingdom is most widely known for his world championship free running win in 2009. Tim is also known as the strongest man in parkour with his amazing upper body strength and ability to control stunts like one handed hand stands. Because he was a break dancer, this is mostly the reason for his amazing upper body strength. Once a member of Urban Freeflow, he and five others moved on and created their own group. Tim is now one founding member of Storm Free Running and World Freeruning &Parkour Federation (WFPF). Placing in almost all of his competitions, Tim has made himself world widely known as a pure, strong and well talented Parkour practitioner. Tim, like Danny sees Parkour as more than just a sport, it’s a way of life and the way many express themselves.

To him, imagination is everything and without that, there’s no way to improve more at Parkour. He is tired of watching the same lifestyle of many people where it is all routine. For example, if you notice people these days, they perform all the same routine, going to work, walking, biking, or driving the same route. With Parkour, you can use your imagination to help change that and help people see that there is more to life than the same routine you have daily.

Regarding Oleg Vorslov from Daugavpils, Latvia: this hypergenic Latvian has been a part of dvinsk clan for many years and has recently joined the WFPF along with Tim Shieff, Ryan Doyle, Michael Turner etc. He was first widely recognized because of a video he made that went viral on the internet. The video was created in 2006 and showed very intermediate tricks and stunts performed my Oleg. His most noticeable work is his ability to move so well and efficiently on bars. He is often known as the best bar work Parkour practitioner. Oleg didn’t have the best education as a child as he left school at the age of 13 to focus his life on parkour. Oleg started as a young boy doing easier stunts and then moved on to gymnastics which better prepared him for more difficult stunts. He followed his dreams ever since, and now is world widely known.

I myself am a Parkour practitioner and notice the same thing that Tim and or Danny does. I see people walk with their heads down as if there is nothing else around them. I’m always walking with my head up and trying to see what I can crawl on or what I can play on. I’m always thinking, why do what others do? I see my two hands and two feet and think, what can I do with these in an urban environment to move swiftly and effectively? Others see them and think what? Use theme to type on a computer? Use your feet to walk to the train station? Pip Anderson once said a quote that inspired me “if you were the only person that could walk and everybody else was crawling, would you crawl with them, or would you walk? I want to show the world that your body is capable of most anything if you use your imagination to tell it to. You know who you are when you know how your body moves. For all the Parkour Practitioners, as you know, the world is our playground and with no obstacle there is no freedom.

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  1. Rayon James on March 17th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Parkour inspired me for so many year I gotten so good I mastered my pk vision I no longer just see rails and walls but I see another path, another way I became one with my surroundings and my self I feel like a new me. A LEGEND

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