Hey Guys Denzil Here,
If you read my last blog post, you'll know I'm very picky about my online submissions.
A submission is supposed to show you have the ability to display difficulty, execution, flow and creativity in a freerunning 'line' in an enviroment that accompanies parkour and freerunning (parkour gyms and spots outdoors). That's exactly what I want to see, and because I like watching good submission I've been on the hunt for my top 10 submissions.
Each submission liked here is what I think is a good JAMZAC submission and will include a brief sentence explaining why. (These are both youth and adult submissions) These ARE NOT in any particular order.
If you want to watch these videos simply click the name and it will redirect you to the video
10. Alex Pearson
The Dunedin local made a prime submission using moves that're freerunning specific (Hang casts and gingers) the use of tricks off objects, on and off walls and from bars are more beneficial than basic flat tricks. The wide variety of tricks to flow combos has done well for him, a well rounded submission Alex!
9. Steel Gao
Steel is commonly know for having every twist under the sun on lock, he displays this and his obvious competence at side pre's in his submission, a real difficulty and execution submission his high level tricks mixed in with his 'half pipe style' back and forth runs. Steel not only displays freerunning difficulty but equivalent difficulty with his parkour as well showing large jumps and Kong pres.
The first youth on my list, Jackson has shown us his significant progression with this submission, utilising that tricking pasha-esque style, Jackson throws combos focusing on creativity and flow using intricate dance-y moves to his advantage. Tonnes of steeze, dope submission Jackson!
7. Seven Moeke
Commonly dubbed "The Maori Pasha" for his steeze and creativity, Seven shows us once again why hes given his name sake. You can tell he's been levelling up his parkour but what astounds me the most is his flipping repertoire, his flips while high level are amazingly controlled, overall an amazing submission with execution, flow and creativity being the highlight!
Another Youth and Pro-Motion Member, Jared is Tearing up! His submission full of the high level wall and ledge tricks Dunedin is famous for. Using a wide variety of tricks and lots of swing through gainers, Jared submission in full of difficulty and flow, nicely done Jared you're a serious competitor!
5. Jai Miller
What would this list be without a Team Hysteria boy? Jai's submission has well rounded runs with a mix of parkour and freerunning skills, all of them combination of good execution and high difficulty with double twists and hat switching at 29 seconds? besides the airtrack clip a really nice submission and a definite example of what online qualification should look like!
4. Taylor Bell
Taylor has taken a break from his roid-raged callisthenics to bring a nostalgic submission. He utilises his Russian style and creativity that he's been well known for to put together some well rounded and flowy runs. Even with taking time from freerunning he still presents us a clean and controlled submission.
3. Tom Mitchem
another one of the three Hysteria boys, Toms well rounded submission is dope. Again besides the use of a airtrack clip this is a really good submission, with high difficulty and good execution with beautiful flow its good to see Tim giving equivalent difficulty with his hops combining them in runs with his steezy flips. Tom is definitely gonna be a good youth competitor!
2. Matt DeVries
Matt is never far from a situation where he does something ridiculously hard and makes it look natural. The same can be said for his submission, utilising the Team Aura signature gangs style to shrug off some of Auckland largest jumps and throwing in some heavy flips, a definite perfect example of equivalent difficulty, matt ticks the flow, difficulty and executions boxes without breaking a sweat!
A pro-motion heavy hitter, Cody's submission includes many high level wall and bar tricks, many that the majority of athletes in the NZ scene don't have. Combining high difficulty and execution for days Cody proves to be a power house and a definite tough to-beat in youth comp!
Anyone you think I missed off my list? Leave us a link
Keep eyes out for more stuff leading up to the comp!
So I'm a big fan of competition, I've watched a lot of competitions, so many I could probably tell you the podium for each one if you asked. I've also watched the judging system evolve over time, it's had changes and ammendments made quite frequently in the past few years and through different competitions.
With some prior knowledge and a bit of asking about I thought I'd write a little post about how to get through competitions.
How do you get into Jamzac?
Speed and skill: To get into jamzac you need to qualify for speed and skill onsite at flow academy of motion in Albany.
Style: to get into jamzac style you can qualify one of two ways.
Onsite qualification: Head up to Auckland to qualify at Flow's new Albany venue, qualifiers are a competition that allow athletes to qualify for the main event.
Things to remember and take note of during onsite qualifiers are:
- make your runs confident, it's better to have a well connected, well executed line rather than having a run that has tonnes of mistakes but some big moves that are sketchy.
- dont go all out in the qualifiers, this isn't event the main event so take it easy, leave some energy in the tank for the next day.
- Don't injure yourself, if there a move you're not entirely confident at doing leave it for the main event. It's not worth risking injury over winning qualifiers. If you know you can do it do it, that's what freerunners do, but if it's too crazy just leave it.
Online qualification: Create a 50-70 second video displaying your style. This is commonly shown with runs that are applicable to the competition, these runs should display equal quantities of flow, overall impression, creativity, difficulty and execution.
online submissions are meant to contain relevant lines to the competition, here are a few things to watch out for.
- Submissions in gymnastic gym are not advised, freerunning gyms such as flow and parkour parks are more acceptable and relevant due to the hard surfaces.
- There are no trampolines or pads to land on in the competition so there is no need to display skills onto either of these surfaces as they are not applicable in competition.
- Bails and bailing big moves do not count toward execution, difficulty and flow. It encourages unsafe training and isn't not applicable as it does not display any of the requirements for the competition.
- Single or big moves are commended, however the moves in a line would earn more points due to ticking the flow and overall impression categories.
- Tumbles In competition are acceptable but excessive display of tumbling (such as finishing every combo you do with a non-flowy turn around round off dub) is frowned upon and would take away from your over all score. This is due to it being a freerunning competition and not a gymnastics competition.
- Slow motion/ editing effects are not necessary and do not add to your overall score. Keep your video as raw as possible.
- Keep your lines long, it shows the stamina that you need to last in the competition, and keep the movements diverse, try for 3-5 moves per line.
- Dont be shy of big parkour moves in your submission, equivalent difficulty states that parkour or freerunning skills of same difficulty level are given the same score as opposed to a lazy front flip getting more points that a 15 foot running pre.
I got into jamzac, now what?
Now go to Auckland, Flow will be hosting the event in their new venue in Albany north shore.
Auckland is one of the most expensive places to live in the world at the moment and the most expensive place to live in New Zealand so try find a place to stay with one of the local freerunner, hit up Auckland parkour page and message some folk.
To get around the city, utilise our sub par transport system by purchasing an AT HOP card from their website so you can cheaply and easily travel around Auckland. You can use this card to use trains and busses without having to carry cash.
You will (for those that need to qualify) compete in qualifiers and then you will get a practice session the night before heats and finals.
So good luck everyone, at the end of the days it's all fun, but let's make this fun look crazy good and professional so we can have more of these!