Jereme Sanders (@jereme) knows about moving around; he’s moved nearly 30 times in his 31 years. Currently located in Turkey, he discusses travel, moving, and the lessons it’s taught him. Jereme also talks parkour, how he likes to train, and shares his current project: Explore Parkour, a website database of parkour knowledge. Jereme shares his thoughts on questions people should ask themselves more, and one thing that would improve the world.
Childhood role of movement
Pretty big role; poor childhood, not a great situation, so spent a lot of time outdoors exploring. Initial focus on the environments explored, and later became more about what he could do. Pushing his boundaries started young, as play. Realizing that this was a power tool for growth only in hindsight; same with parkour. Especially learned through teaching, seeing the concepts he was taught when he was young really come to the front.
Ways to train
Training with people or in parallel; both are good, but when training with people, he wants to be with them. Discussion, sharing energy, sharing the space. Training as social, but not always social beyond training. Sometimes you just train together, but for some you hang out often outside of training. It depends on the community, and its goals
Dubai, now Turkey, because his wife is Turkish. Elet Hall also moved to Turkey, and Jereme visited him there while living in Dubai. He met his future wife, and now here he is. Dubai: Stephane posted on FB, looking for a coach. Jereme just applied, did several interviews with Stephane and got the job. Moved to Dubai, no visa issues, not much culture shock. Large developed city, most people spoke a little english. Turkey had more culture shock; far less english, unsure visa status, fear and uncertainty. Tough when you can’t communicate with others, or even read. Almost like waking in a parallel universe where you’re not quite sure what’s going on.
Moving and travel
Jereme’s moved a LOT in his life; 28-29 times total, 13-15 between cities. Moved a lot as a child, thus the environment connection. Difficult making friends. Advice for traveling: First, actually taking an interest in the culture, making an effort to communicate. Opens huge doors, many kind people excited to help you. Second, have low expectations for how quickly you can assimilate. Give yourself time, research, and realize the language barrier is real. Either pleasantly surprised, or it might not work out. Treating official documents as a quest. Third, find things that make you feel comfortable. Good restaurants, good training spots, whatever it may be.
New cuisine discoveries; Turkish food in general, but specifically various kinds of Döner kebap. Turkish flatbread with meat, rolled up and eaten like a wrap. Lamb shish kabobs, eaten like tacos. Turkish breakfast is amazing: spread of olives, cheeses, eggs… it’s a social event also. Could go on, but it’s all amazing
Explore Parkour, a website meant to be a giant database of parkour related knowledge. Exercises, concepts, games, reviews, anything. A big take away of traveling is that parkour has a really Euro-centric view of who is important, famous. Not nearly as many resources for people who don’t speak english, and often many paywalls. Jereme’s goal is to create something to serve everyone, as many languages as possible. Goal to have a small team to help with translation. Particular vision of how he wants to represent and spread parkour, which he wants to be reflected in his work. Currently trying to get what’s in his head into the world.
Question for the world
Asking people to be honest with their motivation. Is it intrinsic, or extrinsic? Asking them to rethink how they’re being motivated. Making others happy or living up to their expectations doesn’t always lead to the life you wish to lead. The way to achieve the most is to be honest about why you do it.
The world wouldn’t be as bogged down in survival mode, and opens the door to be able to pursue the interests they couldn’t before (whether told not to, not enough time/money). Space and opportunity to pursue their meaning, find what lights them up. Like teachers who live and breathe what they teach, everyone could find their passion, and people wouldn’t have to settle.
Contact and further info
To get in touch with Jereme, you can follow him on instagram (@jeremesanders)