To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on DVD and Blu-Ray (It’s out now, webheads!) we were invited to check out some wikkid parkour stunts featuring everyone’s favourite wall-crawler!
After watching the team of Spideys in action, we were treated to a parkour training session where we learnt how to leap and dive like Spider-Man (FYI: our legs still hurt)! While warming up we had a chat with the Ninja Warrior twins and parkour masters Dylan and Brodie Pawson!
MANIA: What is parkour?
DYLAN: “Basically, it’s about trying to move through an urban environment, going from Point A to Point B as fast and efficient as possible.”
MANIA: Is scaling high things a big part of it?
BRODIE: “In the beginning of your training it’s not something you’d want to do.”
DYLAN: “It depends on how you train. Eventually at some point there are parts within parkour where you start going at heights.”
BRODIE: “To put it in perspective, when you first start out training you’d be doing everything at a low level height. You need to learn the techniques while doing them safely. After a few years you can progress and go higher when you’re more comfortable.”
DYLAN: “It’s about being comfortable. We’re never going out of our comfort zone. If there’s a jump we’re not sure of or it’s too big, we won’t do it. When we jump we’re always 110% sure that we’re going to make it.”
MANIA: Do you have a signature move or favourite move you like doing?
BRODIE: “I really like doing a move called a ‘180.’ If you’ve got two-walls and you bounce back and forth between them. I like anything where you’re pushing off a wall.”
MANIA: What do you think it takes to be a Ninja Warrior competitor?
DYLAN: “That’s a tough one. You’ve got to be an all-rounder.”
BRODIE: “Rock-climbers do the best because they’re so strong. Having good balance and agility from parkour is pretty useful.”
MANIA: Do you have a favourite part of the course? What was the most challenging part?
DYLAN: “The Warped Wall at the end was the most fun because all we do is climb walls. The Quintuple Steps were fun. The Spinning Log was the hardest. We’re not used to something spinning.”
BRODIE: “We’re really used to everything being stable. When you do parkour you usually test everything in your environment to make sure it’s not going to move.”
MANIA: If you could hang out with Spider-Man for a day, what would you do?
DYLAN: “I’d watch his movements and see how he jumps.”
BRODIE: “I’d ask how far he could jump.”
DYLAN: “I’d want to know how strong he is.”
MANIA: If you had super-powers what would they be, and what would your superhero name be?
DYLAN: “Spider-Man is my favourite hero so I’d base my skills off of his. I’d call myself Peter Parkour.”
BRODIE: “The ability to take any impact. I’d be called Impact-Man!”