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!