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  • Good day everyone. How are you?

  • Cool!

  • I'd like to begin by acknowledging

  • something that we all share in common,

  • the fact that we all have obstacles in our lives

  • we have trials, tribulations, we have challenges,

  • we have things that are stopping us

  • from achieving some things that we want in life

  • whether they are our greatest ambitions, deepest desires and our dreams.

  • You know, the obstacles could be physical, mental, spiritual

  • emotional, financial...

  • Could be a combination of all of them.

  • But what if we could start looking at obstacles in a different way

  • what if we could start seeing them

  • than instead of things that are stopping us

  • from what we want to achieve in life

  • what if we could start seeing them as moments of opportunity?

  • So my background is an art form that

  • specializes in obstacles, where obstacles are our primary tool.

  • So, the art itself is called Parkour, and by definition it means

  • to overcome one's obstacles in the environment

  • using the body and mind.

  • So lucky for you guys, today I'm a bit injured

  • so I can't demonstrate.

  • But I can show you this video.

  • (Music)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • It's not hard, it just looks hard.

  • But that's the thing, right?

  • People assume that what we're doing is crazy

  • a lot of the times.

  • To us it's normal.

  • People assume it's crazy, they think

  • that we're just out there trying to kill ourselves

  • to accomplish this crazy feats

  • and jump between buildings and do ridiculous things

  • just to hurt ourselves but it's far from that.

  • What we are really trying to do is to push ourselves

  • and discover what are we made of for ourselves.

  • For us to know what the human body is capable of

  • to know what the mind is capable of.

  • So that's the thing with the misconception

  • in dealing with Parkour

  • we have to deal with so many people that see it in a negative light.

  • If you look at Parkour since the beginning of time, for example,

  • mankind has been using it since its early days

  • when they were running away from mammoths

  • when they were having to climb trees, to hunt.

  • It's in our DNA, it's in our genes.

  • You look at kids, for example, and kids start moving from an early age.

  • The first form of movement that a kid does

  • is he starts crawling, right?

  • And then from crawling, he evolves into walking

  • into running.

  • Next thing you know, he is climbing and jumping

  • and you can't stop him.

  • You guys know it!

  • But what happens with most parents

  • when the kids start climbing and jumping?

  • They start getting a little bit afraid,

  • they're afraid their kid might fall or might stack it

  • injured themselves, seriously.

  • From like these kind of heights.

  • And to me it's disastrous, because that kind of restriction

  • for these kids is what's holding them back

  • from so many opportunities in life.

  • We've got to be able to let them explore their environment.

  • We've got to be able to let them navigate the playgrounds.

  • We've got to be able to let them be free enough

  • to make their own mistakes and learn from it themselves.

  • Because what happens is that, say for example this little kid,

  • 8 years old, little boy named Johnny

  • I don't know why I picked Johnny but...

  • So let's say for example, Johnny, he gets up on these little playgrounds

  • on these little obstacles in his school or what have you

  • and let's say his parents say,

  • "Johnny get down from there you are going to hurt yourself."

  • Now, little Johnny is being like, "Oh mum, please, please, please!"

  • You know, it's like me.

  • "Please! I can do this. Just give me another try!"

  • "No Johnny, get down, you're going to hurt yourself.

  • You're going to die, Johnny!" OK?

  • Johnny stops playing. He stops and there it is.

  • Every time he comes back to this obstacle,

  • he'll look at it, and be like, "Hmmm..."

  • I can't touch that, my mama told me I'm going to die.

  • I am going to hurt myself really bad.

  • That's his perception of that obstacle, now.

  • So the mum is taking away his freedom in encountering that.

  • So, what happens to Johnny?

  • He's about nine, ten, eleven. Let's say he gets to 15 years of age.

  • He looks at that obstacle now.

  • He forgot that he could even overcome it when he was a kid.

  • He knew, deep down, that he had what it took

  • but now he can't do it,

  • because he's forgotten his body control.

  • He's forgotten his motion and his movement.

  • Let's say that this kind of fear applies to anything else in life.

  • What happens then?

  • So then, what happens really

  • is that these parents in our community especially around Fairfield,

  • they start bringing their kids to come see me.

  • So I'm there with my team, every Friday night, every Tuesday,

  • teaching these young people, teaching people from all ages

  • how to overcome obstacles in their lives. Physically.

  • Here is an example of one or our classes.

  • (Music)

  • So we all got to start somewhere, right?

  • You don't get to that just in one night.

  • Well, if you come with us, we are going to show you, well...

  • For me, my first big obstacle,

  • the biggest obstacle that I approached when I was a kid

  • when I first started doing parkour was this massive four-storey car park.

  • I look at that now and I just say,

  • "Damn, it's only four stories!"

  • But at the time, it was like: "Damn!"

  • Four stories...

  • So we used to go outside to play, every single week,

  • we used to go round around on our neighborhood,

  • with our friends and our family.

  • And we'd see these obstacles and I'd always tell myself

  • that I didn't have what it takes to overcome it.

  • I'd look at it and I'll be like, "Nah, I'll do it later when I get better

  • when I'm more experienced not now, I don't have what it takes."

  • So there is a lot of doubt, a lot of disbelief in myself.

  • I'm afraid of heights.

  • Just the very thought of it in itself, it was like...

  • I start trembling, my palms get sweaty. All that.

  • But then what happened I saw one of my mates climbing.

  • He came down and he showed me. He was like, "Hey Ali, check this out!"

  • He climbed the whole obstacle, came back down.

  • Saw it in front of my very eyes.

  • I was like, "All right! It is possible!

  • You bastard!"

  • (Laughter)

  • So I went up and I tried it, all right

  • I was like, "All right, cool, Matt, let's do this together!"

  • We went up together, we started climbing.

  • You get up to that first obstacle,

  • put your hands on the steel rails,

  • like, "All right! Let's do this!"

  • You look up, you just look up you see your friend's ass there too!

  • (Laughter)

  • You're just climbing.

  • You get to half way, you say,

  • "Oh, it's cool! Second level, doesn't matter!

  • I'm half way that's all that counts!"

  • You get to the third level, "Oh, there is just one more!"

  • That's all it is, one more story!

  • You get to the fourth level and "Damn! I'm here!"

  • You look down. Four levels up.

  • It's a big drop, but, you just tell yourself

  • "Look what I achieved!"

  • Do you know what I mean?

  • It's something that I didn't think that I had in me

  • but I was able to accomplish by myself

  • with the help of Matt.

  • But that's the thing!

  • We have so much capability and so much in us

  • that we don't know about, until we tap into it.

  • Matt turns around, looks at me and says,

  • "Good job man!" We hug, we look down,

  • says "Let's go back down!"

  • O.K. man....

  • (Laughter)

  • So, you know, we climbed back down, which is a lot quicker and a lot harder,

  • you're looking down the whole time...

  • There is no avoiding the height when you're coming down

  • you have to stare down, you see the level.

  • So what I do was I'd come home from these training sessions

  • and I'd come home and be like,

  • "Hey mum, yeah, I've just been training with my mates.

  • We've just been doing this new thing called Parkour."

  • She'd be seeing blood on my hands.

  • My clothes a little tattered and everything,

  • dirt everywhere and sweat. And I was so proud.

  • She's like, "Uh, uh, uh!

  • You're not going to be doing that no more!

  • You have to stop training. You have to stop."

  • "Mum, please!" "Ok, ok!"

  • Then I had to do with that obstacle, right? What'd I do?

  • I said I am going to look at this obstacle as an opportunity.

  • I started doing the dishes, I started vacuuming in the house

  • I started mowing the lawn

  • I did whatever I could to get brownie points.

  • So mama please! I stopped telling her that I was training.

  • I loved it too much.

  • For me it was like the love for it I'll wait anything else in life.

  • So I was like, "Oh, mum, Just going to the library today."

  • You know, we'd be actually climbing the library.

  • (Laughter)

  • It's be like, "Hey mum, I'm going to hang with my friends"

  • you know, like hanging it...

  • But this is some of the stuff that we've got up to.

  • (Music)

  • So I'm going to leave you guys with 3 things

  • 3 key rules that I keep to myself

  • when we are out there training,

  • when we do with obstacles in any facet of life.

  • One, be creative. Use everything that you have around you.

  • See from a different prospective, from a different angle.

  • Number two. You got to look at failure as the engine of success.

  • When we fall twenty times, we get up twenty times.

  • and on the twenty first time, you are going to be down much better,

  • than if you haven't started it at all.

  • For us, our failure is our success.

  • When we fall is that we learn something,

  • we learn something about ourselves.

  • As long as we are willing to get back up, that's what counts.

  • And number three, you've got to maintain that positive mindset.

  • To think, for us in Parkour,

  • if we think we are going to fall, then we fall.

  • But if we think we are going to make it, then we make it.

  • So the mind has so much power over what we do in life.

  • We can crumble or we can conquer.

  • But either way, we've got to decide.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Good day everyone. How are you?

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TEDx】視障礙為機遇--跑酷的生活方式。阿里-卡迪姆在TEDxParramatta的演講。 (【TEDx】Seeing obstacles as opportunities - Parkour way of life: Ali Kadhim at TEDxParramatta)

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