DVC students practice parkour around campus

Taylor Pagán, Staff member

Imagine getting from one point to another as proficiently as possible while only using the human body.

According to Diablo Valley College student Charles Asberry, 22, parkour is the practice of doing just that.

Asberry, along with four other parkour practitioners, are members of Diablo Valley Parkour, a free, public group dedicated to full body fitness training, often by the means of running, jumping, climbing, balancing and tumbling over, on and around obstacles.

“It’s for just about everyone,” he says. “If you’re looking for a positive change in your life parkour is a great place to start that change.”

Though some consider parkour dangerous, Asberry disagrees. In fact, for him, parkour has been both physically and mentally beneficial. By breaking physical barriers, Asberry has also been able to overcome mental fears.

“Parkour can be and mean different things to different people,” he says.

To kinesiology major Sean Foley, 21, “parkour is more of a lifestyle than anything else.”

Foley, along with Asberry, got introduced to DVPK about four years ago. Together, they now lead the group.

DVPK is just one of the many local parkour subgroups related to a larger San Francisco Parkour community.

“It’s the fact that everyone is so accepting of each other that makes me want to come back,” Foley says.

The best way to get in contact with the group is to join the DVPK Facebook page. However, Asberry says he also takes the initiative to talk about parkour to just about anyone and everyone he comes across. This is how DVPK member Nicholas Tam, 21, got involved.

Tam has been a parkour practitioner for about eight months now, after one day meeting Asberry at DVC. As a hyperactive child, Tam had a hard time finding ways to release his extra energy. He now loves to do so by finding new ways to move while creating his parkour routines.

“Discovering my body’s limits and what it’s capable of is just an extra perk,” he says.

When Tam tells people he does parkour, they always ask him if he can do a back flip. Though he hasn’t done one yet, Tam aspires to one day master the art of fluidity and weightlessness, a desired element in parkour.

DVPK members attempt to get together once a week and as always, they encourage those interested in parkour to join the group. If you see them training across campus, they welcome you to go and say hi.