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.
Our next feature article is devoted to Angel Santiago.
Angel is another self-taught traceur who has recently expanded his physical training into the realm of martial arts. He is one of those people who has a wonderfully obnoxious quality about his technique - whenever someone sees him attempt a technique for the first time, they almost always say the same thing: “He makes it look SO easy!”
What they don’t see, and what the rest of us know about Angel, is that he definitely puts in the work to make it that way. He’s not afraid to try something new and fall. Then, he’ll pick himself up, dust himself off, and try it again. And again. And again.
Angel is always eager to help others learn. He loves to spread the addiction of parkour to new students and will go wherever the action is. If he ever had an issue being asked repeatedly to demonstrate a technique, you’d never know it.
During the time I’ve known Angel, I’ve watched him transition from a dynamic traceur into a young man who is intent upon refining his abilities as a teacher. Sometimes, one of the hardest things to do, is to look under the surface of something impressive and try to find out how to make it even better. Angel is always working toward self-improvement, in his technique, as a teacher, as a well-rounded young man.
And it shows.
People gravitate toward the
kind of person who exudes
these qualities and that’s why
you’ll almost never see
Angel standing alone.
Thank you, Angel, for all that
you have brought to
Fusion Parkour and for all
that we will continue to learn
from you in the future.