Hi I’m Steve Leung! I’m a native New Yorker born in the concrete projects in lower Manhattan. I am a certified MovNat level 2 instructor and have been training parkour for the past 7 years. I started parkour as an adult without any background in gymnastics or dance. I am the son of immigrants born in a foreign country. The world was scary so I spent most of my life following the advice of my parents, friends and pretty much anyone who would offer me guidance hoping to navigate the world. It is through the practice of parkour in both philosophy and physical training that I transformed how the world appears to me. Now I my contribution to the world is to share my insight and create transformation with everyone.
Director of Media Photographer & Videographer
With 9 years of experience training parkour and 8 years of shooting videos and photos of movers all over the country, I consider myself both a full-time creative and an athlete. My history with parkour gives me a unique insight into the community and colors my work in an important way. My ultimate goal is to share the stories of my friends and fellow athletes by capturing the emotional and personal elements of the discipline. By stripping away the sensationalism, I hope to make parkour more approachable and accessible to anyone.
Parkour quickly became the center of my life when first learning about it almost 12 years ago. I quickly began investing most of my time and energy into progressing and learning anything i could find about the discipline. My training and the amazing community had an extremely positive impact on my growth and development as a young teen. Hoping to share and provide a similar experience to others, i currently run a program in Brooklyn Heights that teaches kids Parkour, Climbing, and Skateboarding. Along with my own self practice i also enjoy using my skills in performances and participating in competitions.
Lead Experience Designer
Inspired by video games, I dabbled in what I would later learn to be known as Parkour as a teenager. Later on in 2006 I started to train it in earnest and was inspired how complex movements can be broken down into simple steps. After taking a break to pursue climbing and other sports, I returned to Parkour about 5 years ago and have been going strong ever since. I love how the discipline playfully trains me to be in tune with my body and to look at space in a whole new light. As an experience designer, I strive to bring elements of games and play to all our movement classes and programs.
Instructor & Researcher
When I started parkour in 2009, I used it to push the limits of what I could do with an otherwise oppressive suburban environment. Parkour could transform any mundane architectural feature into meaningful exploration and growth. Today, I strive to teach a 'parkour vision' that allows us to exploit opportunities for play in unexpected places, and to do much with little.
I came to parkour in September 2015 from a background in yoga and theatrical movement. An online search for a ‘jungle gym for grown-ups’ brought me to The Movement Creative, a joyful community that supports and inspires my passion for play, thoughtful movement and creative collaboration. I love to infuse my yoga practice with parkour (and vice versa) while seeking new ways to explore my environment. I’ve worked in event management for several years, and assist The Movement Creative with event creation and facilitation. I can also be found in TMC classes and community sessions, learning and playing.
I began training parkour at a young age. The community embraced me despite my youth and has been a large influence in my life since. I aim to be be a thoughtful mover and to teach others to be conscious of their movement no matter what form. I am a teacher as much as I am a student. I aspire to get people moving in ways they enjoy.
Community Collaborator & Researcher
I started training parkour in LA in 2007, and while I haven't always been training since, I've always been playing with the world around me. When I first found The Movement Creative in 2013, I found a group of people dedicated to the same conscious joy in exploration and engagement with the physical world that I've always identified with. Since then I've been working to expand the boundaries of my own movement and share the new things I find with our community.
I was lucky to begin parkour practice in San Francisco as a student. In 2014 after moving to New York, I have shared my approach to movement training in school programs as a method of play. I believe that it helps to have a reason to improve motion, strength, and balance, so my personal use for parkour has been a labor towards self defense. I admire ballet and strive towards incorporating its trademark fluidity, softness, and power. Through meeting the cool people in the New York community I became interested in other forms of movement including dance, climbing and skateboarding. When I am not trying to improve my physical capabilities through parkour games or sessions, I can be caught working for farmers.
I started training parkour in 2009 and since then it has completely changed how I see the world around me. It's inspired me to travel and have amazing experiences that wouldn't have been available to me if I wasn't apart of the movement community. I want my students to be able to experience everything that movement and the community has to offer. My movement background includes power lifting, calisthenics, and wrestling.
My parkour journey began in February 2010 in Washington DC with many of the guys over at APK. I come from a high level gymnastics background (level 10 to NCAA Division 1 in college) so parkour to me was against the grain. I like that parkour pushes us mentally, physically and emotionally. It helped fill the void of gymnastics training but allowed for more creativity and grittiness. It's given me opportunities to travel the world, be the director of a parkour gym, teach children, perform and do stunts for film and television. When I'm not training, I'm teaching children to explore their environments while combining elements from 10 years of gymnastics coaching. I love teaching pre-school aged children as they really have such a different view of the world, themselves and the idea of play. They end up teaching me something when I work with them. Once you being your parkour journey, your vision of the world and what you can play on changes forever. Never stop playing and exploring!