Osmar New, Blake Lewin, Kaleb Riley, Hamilton Barnett, and Eka Darville.
Osmar New, Blake Lewin, Kaleb Riley, Hamilton Barnett, and Eka Darville.

Osmar's bouncing off walls

AGILE Burringbar teen Osmar New, who has a strong appetite for the off-the-wall sport Parkour, definitely doesn't suffer from vertigo.

Osmar will attend special classes with Hamilton Barnett next Wednesday at the Hoopla Circus Space at Murwillumbah Showground. The extraordinary sport of Parkour was created more than a century ago by Frenchman George Hebert.

It involves disciplined training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment by leaping, running or swinging.

The unique practice burst into the mainstream through the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006) and featured Sebastien Foucan, a second generation founder of Parkour.

Osmar is self taught and has watched a number of U-Tube videos for inspiration.

With plenty of faith in his ability, Osmar decided to attend Hamilton's classes and is looking forward to broadening his skill range within the discipline.

Osmar is fortunate to have Hamilton as a tutor, because he possesses a solid portfolio in acrobatic performance and has trained with highly regarded Circus Oz, the Fruit Fly Circus and also the Spaghetti Circus based at Byron Bay.

Learning Parkour opens the eyes to unlimited possibilities, Hamilton says.

“The street is an endless playground for Parkour and you are constantly looking or seeing ideas,” he said.

“It is a lot of fun but it is highly challenging.

“I just love moving my body and my own form is taken from moving in nature in the forests.”

Boys and girls attending the classes will have a chance to sample Parkour, flips, somersaults, handstand balancing, tumbling, mini-tramp and aerials.

Sessions start next Wednesday from 5pm until 6.30pm. It costs $15 per session or $70 for the remainder of term two.

To enrol contact Hamilton, ph: 0439 021 233 or email: hamilton@originarts.com.au



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