“With great power comes great responsibility.”  Traceurs are surely familiar with these words of advice. And in a way, many active participants in parkour communities the world over do act responsibly in how they promote and grow our sport.

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Joe Sotomayor, an artist hailing from Hernando County Florida, has been an active member in his parkour community since he started training parkour a year ago with the Shinobi School at their very first class.  Joe met Shinobi while voicing Spider-Man at a script reading for a super hero comedy show. Just like Peter Parker, Joe sometimes deals with struggles while choosing to give back in any way he can, like playing  the friendly neighborhood webslinger at charity events.

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He regularly makes an hour long drive to be an active member of the school. He even designed their cool logo and does his best to promote the gym and parkour any chance he gets – even at comic cons; where he sells fan art prints and interest in learning parkour is at an all time high.

Joe was lucky to have an uncle Ben figure in his life – his Grandfather.

“My Grandfather was a good man and kind of the corner stone of our family. He was always humble and would be willing to go without just to help someone. He also told me ‘You do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. You don’t do it for money. You don’t do it for a pat on the back. You do it because you have the ability to do so.'”

This advice is perfect for any traceur – training to better yourself is its own reward.   Joe’s grandfather also taught him how to draw at the age of five.  Joe has some bigger projects coming up to relate parkour and art.

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It’s no surprise that Joe started doing parkour – seeing as how he is creative and inspired by Spider-Man from a young age

“He was my childhood hero. He was a source of inspiration for years. Being the hard luck hero that he was and still kinda is, he showed that you didn’t have to be the strongest, or have lots of money to do the right thing, to keep pressing”

Parkour has given Joe the opportunity to live up to his heroes. “The Parkour community has contributed to me by giving me new goals to try for and giving me confidence. I can see my progress with every class and [I] surprise myself by doing things I never thought I could.”
Joe has mainly trained at some of the great urban spots in Tampa any Ybor City. “Since I’m still new to Parkour, I haven’t traveled much for training. But that’s going to change very soon.”

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As traceurs, we may not have webs, the ability to stick to walls, or superhuman strength, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to be spectacular, amazing, sensational, or ultimate in our movement.

 

By APK Ambassador Keith Mylett
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To start off 2023 APK is holding tryouts for our new Womens Chase Tag Team! If you're interested in trying out, you'll need to do the following. Create a Tryout Video (Details for that are on our YouTube LINK IN BIO) Upload that Video to Google Drive and Share that video/folder with [email protected] Submisions will open January 1st and close January 31st. Also per World Chase Tag, 2023 will be the beginning of the Women's Season. Current Women athletes are not yet locked into a team for the WCT6 season. Now Good Luck! And remember, Don't Get Caught! #apkblue #apkgrey #apkwct @worldchasetag @worldchasetagemea @americanparkour @wctamericas @wct_memes_official #worldchasetag #dontgetcaught
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Train to be your best in 2023! Join the APK 365 Training Challenge for peer support and inspiration to stay motivated in 2023. We've added 3 "Train Tracks" to suit your goals: 365 - Train Every Day AMAP - Accumulate as many days as possible for the year Weekly - Commit to training at least once per week Join the group Here: www.facebook.com/groups/2023apk365/ #apk3652023 #apk365 #apklife #traineveryday #parkour #freerunning
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Watch the WCT6 US Championship on @espn 2 on tonight at 8pm - 12am ET! 🙌 A 4 hour special showing all the group stages back to back!

See our teams @apkblue.wct and @apkgrey.wct compete with the best in the US! 

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Watch the WCT6 US Championship on @espn 2 on tonight at 8pm - 12am ET! 🙌 A 4 hour special showing all the group stages back to back! See our teams @apkblue.wct and @apkgrey.wct compete with the best in the US! Keep an ear out for APK founder @toorockjumps as he kicks off each match with the iconic "Athletes Ready!". . See more about APK's involvement on americanparkour.com Photo by @jesschan0 Buy your official WCT Athlete Jerseys at @e_vadr 👈 #parkour #extremesports #freerunning #parkourtag #sportsbroadcasting #apklife
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We're very excited to announce that we will be presenting at the Worlds of Work Expo where over 3,000 kids from 7 counties in Virginia will get to learn about career choices.

We'll help display careers related to:
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We'll have a fully interactive 20X20 Booth featuring our Middle School Parkour Kit, plus a Parkour Rig and other equipment on display in various stages of manufacture.

We'll also have videos showing our Parkour in Schools Program, some of the Television shows we've made and Performances from Madonna to Mercedes Benz, World Chase Tag, and Parkour Gyms.

We're grateful to Jenna French, TMP of Shenandoah County for this opportunity!

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We're very excited to announce that we will be presenting at the Worlds of Work Expo where over 3,000 kids from 7 counties in Virginia will get to learn about career choices. We'll help display careers related to: Health and Wellness - Coaching, Physical Education, Sports Physiotherapy Design and Manufacturing - CAD, CNC Work, Metal and Woodworking Professional Athletes - @worldchasetag and Parkour We'll have a fully interactive 20X20 Booth featuring our Middle School Parkour Kit, plus a Parkour Rig and other equipment on display in various stages of manufacture. We'll also have videos showing our Parkour in Schools Program, some of the Television shows we've made and Performances from Madonna to Mercedes Benz, World Chase Tag, and Parkour Gyms. We're grateful to Jenna French, TMP of Shenandoah County for this opportunity! Virginia Department of Education Virginia Economic Development Partnership #health #education #work #school #wellness #parkour
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