As we make strides during 2016, getting closer and closer to open the doors of a year-round training facility and preparing for a full class schedule, we are going to release a series of feature articles to showcase some of Fusion’s greatest supporters. I have had the great opportunity to train with countless students and work with so many others who have been a great source of inspiration and encouragement. It’s an important thing to take a step back and acknowledge the people who may not be center stage, but who have played a part in helping you realize your dream.
I’m going to kick off our first feature by acknowledging Tyler Rose.
Like so many others before him, Tyler found us through the Syracuse Parkour facebook community. Also like so many before him, Tyler was primarily self-taught. When approaching the group, he cited the years he had spent training and mentioned that he was looking to join the group.
So often, a student whose skills were developed by trial-and-error and honed by youtube instructional videos, is lacking in fundamentals. The common expectation is to see a student like this come in with a lot of flash but nowhere near enough caution or control, the result being an almost inevitable injury sometime in their future.
Tyler, however, was something of an anomaly. His technique was impressive. His understanding of body mechanics, physics and geometry, and logical progression were everything you would see out of a veteran traceur. What’s more, Tyler was completely open-minded. He took every suggestion, carefully considered each person’s point of a debate, and used every bit of new information as a way to make his technique better.
Tyler has a great range of skills and is often sought out for the secret to his successes and used as a benchmark against which new students will gauge their own techniques.
But perhaps the greatest thing about Tyler is his attitude. He’s always eager to work and to learn and never stops smiling, even when he struggles. He’ll walk miles to get to a good training session and is just as concerned about helping other students as he is about improving himself. Though we have featured Tyler on our website before and have a handful of great photos, it’s tough to catch Tyler on camera. He simply doesn’t seek out the spotlight. He is a humble student, which is really saying something, given how much skill he brings to the table.
I expect Tyler to achieve any personal
goal he sets, both within the parkour
community, and in his personal life.
Thank you, Tyler, for all that you have
brought to Fusion Parkour
and for all that we will continue
to learn from you in the future.
Nathan Fleming - Head Instructor at Fusion Parkour