Georgia Munroe explains her interest in music and how that relates to her parkour practice, as well as how she became interested in parkour. She discusses the challenges and goals she is working on, before sharing her experiences with motion capture and Ninja Warrior. Georgia unpacks her thoughts on coaching, her personal journey of improving as a coach, and how coaching has affected her own parkour practice.
How do hobbies inform her movement practice? Music plays a role, through rhythm, beat, and pattern. Flowing by listening to her movements, keeping time, making sounds
Where were you before parkour? An old diary records that time. Background in many sports, but not fitting into societal norms for a girl or boy. Discovered parkour through internet videos and video games
What are some current struggles? Growing into parkour and what it actually is, facing fears, overcoming things – the more you train, the more you see what you could be, and then you want to get there.
What are your goals? No goals past 1 year. Wanting to keep moving, and move more. Gain confidence to face and manage fears, deal with failure, trying to be the best. Learn ways to face fear, accept help, mental process and questions, self talk
Experiences with Motion capture? Explain the process, recognizing yourself and your movement in the actual avatar. Strangely personal, but also a disassociation.
Experiences on Ninja Warrior? The process, mental and physical stress, overwhelming experience. Handling the stress, learning to relax into it, trying to flow, just go
Differences between performing and coaching? Students: who are they, what are they bringing with them, how to help them. Managing fears and experiences, for a class, not just yourself. Effects of coaching on your own training, self management, self reflection. Differences in assisting and leading. Experiences with Level 2: anxiety, fear of failure. Her process for that, how she trained, and what she learned.
Georgia: Struggle. Yes, struggle. Love. I know it sounds cheesy, but love not in the sense of just loving yourself, but also the love I’ve found in it, the people, the actual community of people I’ve met. There’s a lot of people that I’ve met that you just feel like, I’ve met so many people with so many connections, but I’ve made a family through it, I’ve had a partner through it, I’ve had some of my best friends through it. So love is definitely something I’ve found.
Then the third word, and this is more so to describe the sensation I feel when I let myself be, is flying. So when that sometimes comes up a lot when we’re training and stuff like that, or when someone will be talking about a movement or a jump I’m doing, and it’s like, I look back and you’re like, “Ah, I feel like I’m flying.” It’s not the sense of just because I’ve done a big jump or something like that, but when you feel that feeling of you are you, you’ve decided to do something, you’re going for it, and you’ve let yourself go in it, you feel like you’re flying.