NYC Parkour Community Profile: Brothers Who Balance School, Parkour and More

Meet Luca and Kalev Methot, two brothers who learned parkour together and continue to challenge and push one another. 

AGES: 13 (Luca) and 10 (Kalev)
PASSIONS: Luca: Physical Fitness and Parkour; Kalev: Football and Parkour

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WHEN AND WHY DID YOU FIRST DECIDE TO TRY PARKOUR? 

LUCA: We got into it about two and a half to three years ago. We both started around the same time and took our first class at The Brooklyn Beast. We instantly fell in love with parkour and met Jesse Danger early on; we have been training with him and The Movement Creative ever since. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO WORK ON?

LUCA: I love working on anything that has great flow to it. And sometimes that doesn't always come easy, so once I find something I like, I try to work on making it as smooth as possible.

KALEV: I like vaults the most because they are very useful when attempting to get over anything that's in my way.

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN? HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL, TRAINING AND ALL OF YOUR OTHER INTERESTS? 

LUCA: Along with parkour, I also fence, play basketball, am a boy scout, and enjoy going to the gym. As for my schoolwork, it definitely has priority. No matter what, I always plan out my days ahead to incorporate plenty of time for schoolwork in between training.

KALEV: I'm involved in basketball. I’m also getting involved in football and capoeira. I manage to balance these by giving equal time to each activity. 

HOW HAS PARKOUR INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE SO FAR? 

"If I set my mind to it, I can overcome any obstacle in parkour and in life."

LUCA: Parkour has influenced me in such a large way. I have met so many great people from all corners of the world. I have learned so much, and looked at things from new perspectives that I would not have seen before. It is a positive and wonderful community to be a part of, and it has influenced me greatly. It has shown me that if I set my mind to it, I can overcome any obstacle in parkour and in life.  

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HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAIN? WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

LUCA: We try to train as often as possible. One of the awesome things about parkour is the fact that you can train just about anywhere. But we try to have at least one to two dedicated training sessions every week. I am often inspired by my music, trying new and scary things, and moving with other people.

KALEV: I'm inspired by my music and what I believe I can aspire to in the future.

IF YOU PICTURE YOUR LIFE IN 10, 20, 30 YEARS, DO YOU THINK YOU’LL STILL BE TRAINING? 

LUCA: I absolutely think that I will still be training. No doubt.

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IF SOMEONE TOLD YOU PARKOUR WAS DANGEROUS AND RECKLESS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

LUCA: I would say that it can be, if you don't train progressively. If you try to go for something before you're ready, you can hurt yourself. But it is not so dangerous once you know what you're doing. Like anything else, you must practice. The risk is worth it for me because of the feeling I get when I move freely.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CAUSES YOU SUPPORT?

LUCA: We have gone to and participated in many charitable events but we have also started a few of our own. When I was about 11 and my brother was ten, we rode our bikes with our parents from our home on the Lower East Side to Canada. We raised a total of about $25,000 for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. This year, we started Pump for the Cure and we are going to start a Climb for the Cure in 2017 or 2018. Our goal is to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa!