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 Phanibhushan Vemi.
It’s almost inaccurate to refer to Phani as a “friend of Fusion,” since he’s been one of our most consistent students. Ever since he came to his first open training session, Phani has made every effort to get to as many parkour jams as possible, be they scheduled or impromptu.
Like so many of us, Phani’s greatest strength tends to work both for and against him - he is one of the most analytical traceurs I’ve ever seen. This proves very useful when attempting to conquer a new challenge, especially when the obstacle is particularly tricky and requires more advanced problem-solving. The biggest obstacle Phani will overcome, is learning how to move beyond the analysis - showing confidence over strategy, prioritizing energy and grace of movement over technical perfection, and allowing himself to play more than he works.
So much of our classes at Fusion focus on the scientific aspect of training. The study of geometry and physics are integral to understanding one’s ability to move through a three-dimensional environment. Learning these concepts properly will keep a student safe and give them the tools he or she needs to reach the loftiest of goals. Phani has all the tools - the scientific mind, the athletic skill, the work ethic and the passion. It’s so rewarding watching Phani tackle new challenges because he sincerely appreciates what he has done when he finds success.
One of the most rewarding things about being a teacher is that moment when you see a student achieve a goal that has eluded them for a long time.
I recall watching Phani struggle with a technique for weeks and weeks; a technique that was very simple from a technical standpoint.
But understanding and doing are not the same thing.
Phani tried, failed, got frustrated, analyzed, willed himself, and tried again. This happened over and over, (as it does with all of us,) before finally, everything clicked.
I was fortunate enough to be watching at the time and before I could compliment him, the smile that spread across his face was so infectious, I realized there was nothing that needed to be said. He did it on his own and he knew how hard he’d worked. It was his moment, and I knew it was only the beginning.
When Phani manages to put all of the
pieces together, there’s no limit to what
he’ll be able to do. We look forward to
being by his side when it happens.
Thank you, Phanibhushan, for all
that you have brought to Fusion Parkour
and for all that we will continue to learn
from you in the future.