Before it was a gym, it was a group of individuals that were trying to further grow the Oregon Parkour Community!

Bio and Location of Each member-

Central Oregon

I’m Eric Corrales, I was born in Renton, Washington on March 21st 1994. I am the founder Abstract In Motion, I started the group back in the summer of 2011. I’ve been training for 7 years and have had some rough patches through this time. Some of the rough times had to do with various things; losing all my training partners, not being able to get sponsored, and companies I was attempting to get sponsored by turning me down for the same reason each time. Even though there were some hard times, I was able to overcome them and learn from them to make me into the person I am currently, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
In the beginning, I wasn’t the most athletic of my family; actually I was the least athletic. But that started at an early age because from birth to 5ish I had severe asthma and would have asthmatic trouble if I went outside. But as soon as I truly went out; I was addicted! When I turned 6 my family moved to Seminole, Florida, where we lived for 6 or 7 years. Now, I’ve never liked normal sports like soccer, basketball, football, or baseball. I was interested more in the different genre and artsy types of sports such as Cheerleading, Gymnastics, and yes even figure skating but unfortunately I never actually pursued them (couldn’t find the motivation). From probably 9 to 12 years old I was quite the little rolly polly. After I turned 13, I got into rollerblading and started to take it serious, which being outside all the time started to make me lose some of that extra fat I had. The summer of 2007(which I was 13) my mother decided we needed a change, so what she did was threw a dart at a map and it hit Bend, Oregon; where I still currently reside. After making such a different transition between one side of the country to the other, I started to feel a bit more motivated in the quaint little town in the middle of Oregon. Here I started to get into rock climbing, hiking, and furthering my rollerblading. In doing all these things I started to obtain a more fit body.
In 2008, my life and my passion was found, something I could be good at and enjoy to do (but most of all be better than my brother). This was when I found Free running! In the very beginning, for the first few months, I had a great teacher Josh Martyn. In my first two years, Josh really helped me, he critiqued my skills and really helped me improve a lot. He wasn’t the only one though, we used to have a solid group of 7 free runners that would hangout and train every Saturday, we learned and improved from each other. But unfortunately, with time life got in the way and started to diminish the group’s numbers, people went off to college or moved away and eventually I was left alone to train by myself with the occasional 1+ showing up every 4 months. After Josh moved away he left the free running class to me, which I taught for 2 ½ years before leaving to do my own thing.
For the first 3 ½ years I constantly tried to get sponsored by companies, parkour related or not. But I was never able to obtain one. Almost every parkour company I sent a request in for replied with the same message, “Your flips and tricks are good but your parkour is lacking.” Getting turned down can make you start to doubt yourself. I essentially quit for 3 months back in fall of 2011, I stopped training outside and the only form of training I got in was when I taught my class. I was fed up that I wasn't good enough for the standards of what free running was at that time. Back then I had no one, not because I didn't want to train with people but because everyone quit on me. I was left alone. I remember exactly how I was able to turn around and become the person I currently am not just in the free running aspect but in life. I sent my sponsor video into Move to Inspire, when they were accepting sponsoree’s for the first time back in January of 2012; Vinny emailed me back and told me exactly the same thing that everyone else had said to me but for some reason after that something clicked. I set a goal for myself, I would stop trying to be the best and most well-known and be me. I would no longer try and get sponsored for at least a year (even almost 2 years later I still have no interest in being sponsored). This new mindset gave me my own ideals, my own style, and my own philosophy in every aspect of my life. This is when I started to move for myself and not for anyone else.

For more info about me- http://www.abstract-in-motion.com/instructors/

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Corvallis/Albany

Hello, my name is Dustin Horn and I've been training PK/FR or just movement in general for a long time now. Beyond the physical and mental
benefits of learning to effectively traverse challenging environments, I train to inspire others to face and surmount their
convictions regarding what is and isn't possible. Life is precious and delicate, many settle for less than they deserve, falling prey
to worldly interference. In light of this, I harbor tremendous respect for those that honor their bodies and minds by honing their
skills.

Eugene

Hi, My name is Jake Bailey. Growing up in Bend, I was thrown into the recreational lifestyle, staying active in sports and outdoor recreation throughout my childhood. I also was very involved with my creative side, taking art classes and learning music. From the football field to the auditorium, my life was always filled with the two things that fulfilled me most: physical activity and the art of expression. It is no wonder that I gravitated to parkour where these two parts of me could be expressed simultaneously. Once introduced about 5 years ago, I immediately fell in love with the sport and Eric was there to mentor me every step of the way… and still is. He taught me that parkour was not just a movement, but also a philosophy and a way of life. Now, I couldn’t agree more. What surprised me most about parkour though was the community that I became a part of, and the space where I could simply be myself. And through all of this, I have grown, but not in the traditional sense. My goals are not in building up the difficulty and number of tricks I can do (though naturally, this is a part of any progressive sport), but rather in the smoothness of my movement and how accurately I can connect and convey my movements with the environment. While it is true that I do not spend the hours training like most parkour practitioners, parkour will always be a part of me, and is one of the truest expressions of who I am. The community that it creates is one of the most amazing, dynamic, and inclusive communities I have been a part of, and I will continue to foster those relations long after I can no longer practice the physical art of parkour.