IPF Board of Directors
VICTOR BEVINE – PRESIDENT
Co-Founder WFPF, IPF and USA Parkour, Board Member IPTC (International Professional Training Certification), Board Member USA Sports Council, Co-Executive Producer MTV’s ULTIMATE PARKOUR CHALLENGE.
Born in New York of Italian parents, educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Victor Bevine began his professional life first as an actor, when at the age of 16 he was cast in a leading role in the Paramount Pictures film version of the WWII prep school classic, A SEPARATE PEACE. He went on to have a distinguished acting career in NY and Los Angeles, appearing on and off-Broadway, at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Al Pacino and Martin Sheen in JULIUS CAESAR and in numerous hit television shows. Expanding his horizons, Victor began writing and directing (he was the founding Artistic Director of the LA Classical Theatre Lab) and as a result discovered the path that would alter the course of his life forever. Restless and eager to start “giving back”, Victor was recruited to teach a playwriting workshop to underserved teens in Southern California. This turned into a life’s calling as he developed his own arts empowerment curriculum for at-risk youth based on the mythology of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. It was through this work that Victor became acquainted with friend and future business partner, David Thompson. And It was 12 years ago, during a drive home from teaching, after spending several hours working with a particularly tough group of kids, that Victor first heard of parkour on the radio, of the beauty of its unique movement and philosophy of empowerment. Together, he and Thompson brought their vision to their third partner, Francis Lyons, whose overall production deal at MTV made possible MTV’s ULTIMATE PARKOUR CHALLENGE, which effectively launched the WFPF brand, forever linking it to the top athletes and highest aspirations of the sport. Bringing to bear their instinct for mentorship and youth development, the two created a uniquely pro-social business enterprise that empowers young people and grows leaders, often in what some might consider to be the most unlikely places. As the WFPF Mission continues to attract like-minded partners from around the world, Bevine and Thompson remain committed to the parkour philosophy, “Be Strong to be Useful.”
DAVID RICHARD THOMPSON- SECRETARY GENERAL
Co-Founder WFPF, IPF and USA Parkour, Board Member IPTC (International Professional Training Certification), Board Member USA Sports Council, Co-Executive Producer MTV’s ULTIMATE PARKOUR CHALLENGE, Board member and volunteer “Second Families” Syrian/Iraqi refugee resettlement organization of Southern California.
Since 2006, David has been involved in the Parkour world when his colleague Victor Bevine called him from New York and asked him, “Have you ever heard of Parkour?” Born in Beirut, Lebanon to American and Canadian parents (David had dual USA/Canada citizenship), raised in Morocco, the Middle East, Washington D.C., and Paris, David (aka Da’ud) speaks French like a native. He did his university and graduate work in the fields of International Relations, French, and Communications at the George Washington University, New York University, La Sorbonne, and L’Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris. David’s cultural fluency, years of living around the world, along with two years spent as the Los Angeles Director/VP of Development and Distribution for a foreign television/film distribution start-up, positions David as a natural liaison for the WFPF to the International Parkour Freerunning community, with its deep roots in the French Moroccan suburbs of Paris where it originated.
David has been creatively involved in television, film, music and photography for the past 25 years, as an actor, producer, director, writer, singer/songwriter/musician, business owner, and entrepreneur.
As a mentor and teacher, David worked for many non-profits working with youth in the Los Angeles area. He also served as a consultant to RKO’s non- profit “The Story Project” where he developed a gang prevention film program, mentoring at-risk youth in East L.A. for several years. It was working with one of these non-profits that David met his future business partner Victor Bevine, where their diverse backgrounds and mutual desire to help build a better world by helping youth, spawned their present parkour organizations, WFPF, IPF, and USA Parkour. He continues his mentorship work by helping parkour athletes around the world create their own individual paths in the sport.
MEHDI SALMAN POUR – VICE PRESIDENT– ASIA– Mr. Mehdi Salman Pour, known as “Arash” Salmanpour, President of Asia Freerunning Parkour Union (AFPU), has recently been named the Deputy Secretary General of IPF- Internaional Parkour Federation. He will be working very closely with IPF Secretary General, David Thompson as well as with IPF President, Victor Bevine. Mr Salmanpour’s wealth of years of international experience, both as a professional athlete and as a sports organization and business professional makes him a very valuable asset to the IPF team. Mr Salmanpour currently holds numerous official positions on both international organizations as well as sports federations and confederations including AFPU, IPTC (International Professional Training Certifications), AXF (Asian Extreme Sports Federation), FIRS (Federation International Roller Sport) known as “World Skate”, FIF (Futins International Federation), FIFS (Federation International Football Skating), ACE (A Canadian non-profit), and WDA (World Dodgeball Association). As President and Founder of AFPU (Asia Freerunning Parkour Union), Mr Mehdi promotes Parkour/Freerunning in Asia with the aim of developing this sport in Universities/Schools/Kindergartens/Sports Clubs/Sport-Governing Bodies, as well as advancing coaches certifications through IPF. Mr. Salmanpour’s AFPU in cooperation with IPF and IPTC held the first WFPF (World Freerunning Parkour Federation) professional instructor teaching certification in Bangkok, Thailand in 2017. Athletes attended from Iran, India, Turkey, and Tajikistan. IPTC and IPF continue to hold and promote the WFPF certification around the world in countries such as the USA, Canada, Ireland, Wales, UK, Scotland, Portugal, with upcoming certifications scheduled for Australia, Costa Rica, Morocco, Mexico, USA, and Canada (all currently on temporary hold as of May 9, 2020 due to global events.) In 2013 Mr. Salmanpour was elected to the position of Vice President of the Asian Extreme Sports Federation. [AXF] In 2008 he was elected as the United Arab Emirates UAE representative in Federation International Roller Sports FIRS [World Skate]. In 2005 he founded the International Professional Training Certification (IPTC) which for over 15 years has provided professional and academic training with valid certificates throughout the globe for more than 10000 people. In 2015 Mr. Salmanpour was elected as the president of the Futins International Federation [FIF] which is headquartered in Brazil. In April 2017, and during the FIFS’ Extraordinary congress, Mr. Arash Salmanpour was elected as the President of the Federation International Football Skating [FIFS]. On 2018 he was invited to join in Board of Directors of the [ACE] non- profit Community Centers in Vancouver Canada. In 2019 Arash Salmanpour was appointed as Director of the World Dodgeball Association’ National Federations Department [WDA]
DR. IGOR LANZONI- VICE PRESIDENT– EUROPE– Professor in Sport Marketing and Management, Expert in Motor Science. Former professional athlete in martial arts & combat sport. Senior Advisor sport government and Expert Director in private sport companies. 20 years experience in sport management. 5 languages. Active in different international sports federations. Researcher with WHO for Physical Activity. Member of HEPA expert group of European Commission.
APICHAT RUTNIN- VICE PRESIDENT – President Asian Extreme Sports Federation. Asian Extreme Sports Federation (AXF) is an Asian Federation for BMX Freestyle, Aggressive Inline Skating and Skateboarding under the Olympic Council of Asia. MEMBER at Olympic Council of Asia,
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is the apex sports body controlling the sports in Asia.
President (ประธาน) at Asian Extreme Sports Federation (AXF)
Authority for Extreme Sports in Asia Committee Member: International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) – http://www.internationalskateboardingfederation.com Regional Director: International BMX Freestyle Federation (IBMXFF) – http://www.ibmxff.org/
Vice President at Thailand Extreme Sports and Skating Association (TESA
National Sport Association for Extreme Sports and Roller Sports in Thailand
Studied MBA Banking and International Finance (Hons) at Boston University
TAN SRI DARSHAN SINGH- CHAIRMAN LEGAL COMMISSION – The esteemed Darshan Singh is the president of Malaysian Extreme Sports Association (MESA) and Vice President of the Asian Extreme Sports Federation (AXF). MESA’s stated mission is dedication towards growth, progression, unity, and expansion of Extreme Sport in Malaysia.
ROBBIE CORBETT- TECHNICAL DIRECTOR– Co-Owner WFPF- Head Instructor & Master Trainer- WFPF Parkour Certification, Competition Director “World Parkour Championship” and “USA Parkour Cup” (3 years), WFPF “Jump Off” World Parkour Championship Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay (2 years, Professional Stunt Man, Sag-Aftra
JEAN LUC PRADIER- SENIOR ADVISOR- “Peace Through Parkour” Initiative
-25 years of operational services in the elite GIGN ((French National Gendarmerie), EPIGN (Parachute Intervention Squadron of the French National Gendarmerie) Commando Para Units. -French Legion of honor, French Military Legion of Honor. -High level sportsman with 3 world records / 4 records from France / several titles of champion of France in combat sports. Youngest runner of the 100km. -Certified sports teacher with expertise in combat sports / bodybuilding / stress and mental management / climbing / shooting -Expert in preparation for high level Olympic athletes. -Founder/Creator of an MBA in sport business management -Sports Gold Medal -Royal Dutch Union Physical Education Medal -Presidential Medal Award for Sport- United States -International Gold Medal for Peace Sports / UN -Diplomatic advisor of the NGO / United Nations (AISP/SPIA) International Association of Soldiers for Peace -Lieutenant colonel General Department of National Gendarmerie- National Guard (RC- DGGN) -Honorary President of French/China Cultural Exchanges -Humanitarian Advisor NGO UNESCO -AWARDS: -Peace Maker, Ukraine -Ambassador of Peace, United Nations -Commemorative Peace Medal -Medal of Honor officer’s solidarity, Russia -Recognition by Heads of State, King, Public Figures
ZAHID SHAH- Ambassador “Peace Through Parkour” Initiative
-Mr. Shah began practicing Parkour alone in Kashmir, intrigued with both the sport but also the strong message and philosophy of Parkour. In time he began training other young Kashmiri youth and with that Kashmir Parkour Freerunning was born. Mr. Shah is proud to have introduced Parkour to Kashmiri youth and to be training the first generation of Kashmir Parkour athletes. When he is not traveling as a speaker and “Peace Through Parkour” ambassador, he runs training programs in Kashmir for adults as well as youth fitness and educational programs in Kashmiri schools for boys and girls. Mr. Shah was the recipient of an IPF scholarship to attend the WFPF Parkour instructor certification (Levels 1, 2, and 3) as well as its leadership mentor program. Mr Shah also was a presenter at the 2019 USA Parkour Cup in Tampa, Flordia where he gave an informational seminar on “Peace Through Parkour” and about Parkour life in Kashmir.
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT COMMITTEE–
MADAME AWA NAR FALL- SENEGAL- CHAIRMAN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT COMMITTEE– President of the National Association of Parkour of Senegal & President of the Federation of Urban Sports Senegal (Parkour, Skate, Roll Ball, Foutins, Khokho, Scooter, BMX). President of the West African Federation of Roll Ball (WARBF). University Diploma in Sport Management of Olympic Sport, Coach/Ambassador World Skate, International Coach of French Federation and African Confederation of World Skate. Madame Fall began her sport career as an athlete with her love of urban sport, especially skate, which began in 2002 with other young people from Dakar and the suburbs. They formed a collective and after years of workshops, performances, and competitions throughout Senegal, Madame Fall formally created “Maestro Roller”, one of two Roller Associations in Senegal. In 2009 the Senegal “National Maestro Roller Association” became a member of FIRS (the International Roller Sports Federation). In 2010 Maestro Roller organized the first North-South Roller Exchange with European Countries coming to Dakar, Senegal for the the event. In 2013 Madame Fall organized the first Africa Roller Games, an international skating championship, which established Dakar as the African capital of roller. In 2013 she also created the Union of West African Federations (UFORS) which is headquartered in Benin.
BEATRIZ MONGE RUIZ , 23 years old, professional dancer and traceuse. She began his studies in ballet at the age of 4. At the age of 14 he began his studies in Jazz and Contemporary Dance. In 2017 she started in the world of Parkour, constantly practicing this sport and making a fusion with the Dance, at the same time conducting research based on both movements called “Danzkour”.
At the end of this year, she started the first group of Women’s Parkour in Costa Rica, dedicating herself to research in the women’s area in all areas of this sport and classes for this population.
In March 2018 he graduated from the National University of Costa Rica as a Bachelor of Dance. She currently lives in Turrialba, Cartago and has just completed the first Women’s Parkour camp in Costa Rica.
SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS–
Mr. RAUL SOLANO–
President of the Parkour Federation of Costa Rica, and currently working on his university degree in Pre-Primary Education at the State Distance University in San José CR, began his career in 2008 as a Parkour practitioner, hand in hand with the first generation of Parkour athletes in San José. In 2013, Mr. Solano founded the grass roots organization, “Evolución Natural Parkour” Costa Rica to make Parkour accessible to all ages and all levels regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic circumstance. He saw it as a powerful tool to help different people understand an altruistic philosophy, a love of nature, and love of community. Over the past 7 years, Mr. Solano, through “Evolución Natural” has organized over dozens of Parkour events of all kinds, many of those in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica. He has also traveled extensively in CUBA, MEXICO, GUATEMALA, FRANCE.
-Instructor and director of the Parkour school in the Parque la Libertad Community Development Project. -Parkour instructor Country Day School, Liceo Franco Costarricense, True North Academy, Bamboo Kids Center, Gravite Gym. -Collaboration and community outreach with ASDECA Calisthenics Association, Camp Jam Costa Rica, and The Parkour Games Costa Rica. -Bachelor’s Degree Candidate with a specialty in Pre-Primary Education at State Distance University, San Jose, CR. -Director of the Academia Natural Evolution in San José Coronado -WFPF (World Freerunning Parkour Federation) Academy director Costa Rica, advisor, trainer, and educational director for Central and South America.
RYAN DOYLE- ATHLETE’S REPRESENTATIVE–
– Live Stream Host- World Parkour Championship
– Actor & Freerunner
– 2X World freerunning Champion Red Bull AOM
– ‘Winner’ Best International Series YOUTUBE
– Red Bull Athlete
– Founding Athlete of WFPF
– Founding Athlete of AIRBORN ACADEMY
– Director of RAD Production
Ryan was born in Liverpool UK, Graduating from Liverpool Hope University in Media TV Production. He excelled in the Korean Martial Art KUK-SOOL-WON, winning his first Gold Medal in 2002. Ryan began integrating action-choreography into his media work, whilst also appearing for many years as a supporting-artist in the UK series Hollyoaks, he stepped into acting whilst at university and trained at Magul theatre school.
While touring the UK with a signed rap band, he won two national events in one day. His action short “SACRIFICE” won ‘Best Film’ at the ScreenTest film festival, as he entered and won the Warford Open Nationals – Extreme Tricks Battle, that same afternoon.
Ryan’s partnered with the World freerunning Parkour federation to produce “MTVs Ultimate Parkour Challenge”, His love to perform took him to many competitions. He defended his tricking title 4X, and became 2X World Freerunning Champion at the Red Bull art of Motion 2007/2011.
Ryan travelled the world as a Red Bull Athlete, on action media projects that push the human body to its limits. He appeared on NatGeo’s Fight Science, the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, doubled for Ellen Degeneres and won “Best International Series” at the YouTube Streamy Awards 2013, with the online viral series “Travel Story”
Ryan partnered with members of the Liverpool community to open the UKs biggest Urban Sports facility. Airborn Academy is pioneering the New-Age training gyms that are emerging all over the world.
Ryan was cast as the evil character ‘Finch’ in the “Freerunner” Movie, having added major input to the action choreography of the feature.
More recently, Ryan finished another lead role in the Action-Scifi “Mindgamer’s” (2017) and hosts for the WFPF world championships online -livefeeds in Las Vegas.
DR YOUSSEF KERROUM MD– MOROCCO (Medical Committee)
Dr Kerroum graduated from the university of Mohammed V medical school in Rabat Morocco in 2014. He is currently in his final year of residency in general surgery at the university hospital of Avicenne, Rabat. In 2018, he completed an internship at Renes Dubos hospital in Paris, France.
Dr Youssef Kerroum has served as the medical doctor of several film and cinema productions. Dr Youssef is an avid traveler and enjoys the outdoors.
COURTNEY MUNCH– UNITED STATES (Medical Committee)
Courtney Munch was drawn to science and medicine from an early age. She was able to get internships in the cancer research departments at MD Anderson and The Stehlin Foundation in Houston, Texas during her high school years. She made her way to Amherst College and graduated magna cum laude while playing sports and studying movement. Her fascination with theatre and martial arts lead her to New York City where she began her stunt and acting career. She has worked in film, television and video games for the past 15 years while studying Shaolin Kung Fu, yoga, movement therapy, dynamic neuromuscular therapy, and active release therapy. Several injuries along the way lead her to acupuncture and back to her love of science and medicine. She has just completed her 4 year master’s of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine from Emperor’s College.
JABR ISMAIO– LIBYA– (Medical Committee)
Board member and a co-founder of the Libyan Parkour Players Union LPPU and one of the representatives of Libya in the first IPF International Congress in Mardin, Turkey in 2018. Mr. Ismaio is
a 27 year old medical student, is the head of the immigration unit of the Libyan Red Crescent-Benghazi, a former Karate player since 2000-2003, a freerunner since 2008, and the 3rd place winner of 2017 Libyan Street workout championship. Mr. Ismaio also competed in the 2018 WFPF World Parkour Championship (an IPF event), Mardin, Turkey, representing Libya. In 2019 Mr. Ismaio is honored to became a member of the IPF (International Parkour Federation) Medical Advisory Committee.
SAM PARHAM– United Kingdom
Sam Parham has been Freerunning for over 15 years, and gained particular recognition as one of the core members of 3RUN.
Holder of 3 Guinness World Records, Sam has been a key pioneer of Parkour, communicating it to the masses through his videos, which have received millions of views world wide, most notably his Poetry in Motion.
Sam soon began to make a name for himself in the film industry as a qualified stunt performer, for which he was also awarded a Screen Actors Guild Award for his involvement in HBO’s Game Of Thrones series.
His performance skills and experience have seen him go onto choreograph and action design for countless commercials and online features including the smash hit Pepsi – Unbelievable Game with over 4 million views online.
To this day, Sam continues to travel the globe spreading the positive message of Parkour, sharing his knowledge and skills at grass route level. In addition to this, he continues to perform and choreograph shows and sequences adding to his ever impressive resume.
MOSTAFFA KHALIL– Egypt
Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, I’ve been practicing parkour for almost 10 years, the philosophy behind it’s movement has influenced every aspect of my life and has been a passion of mine ever since, and i wish to help pass on the message of movement to the younger rising generation of traceurs in Egypt.
DAER SANCHEZ – Mexico
When you say Parkour and Mexico in the same sentence, you say “Daer Sanchez”. Erick Sánchez AKA Daer Sánchez was born in Mexico City and was a taekwondo practitioner over 10 years and was a national/international champion many times having competed in competitions internationally. He started Parkour/Freerunning in 2005. Parkour gave him the opportunity to travel to different countries to compete. He has competed in United States, England, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Kuwait, and Mexico of course. He has also appeared in many live performances, tv shows, commercials, workshops and films in Mexico and countries like Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala and U.S.A.
His favorite thing about parkour is that it gives him the opportunity to meet people from around the world.
IAN ADAMSON– Australia
Ian Adamson is a career sports professional, starting in governance in 1984 on the University of Sydney Sports Union Management Committee. He was Australian Universities champion in C2 wild water canoeing and part of the organizing committee for the 1988 national championships.
As a professional athletes, Ian became the most successful adventure racer of all time with 7 world championship wins, 18 international adventure race championship titles and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the ESPN X-Games. He is a 3 time Guinness world record holder for endurance kayaking (262 miles / 422 km in 24 hours) and has competed at world championships in canoeing (bronze medal in 1992), kayaking and sailing. Ian is also an age group world champion in the Modern Pentathlon events of Biathle and Triathle.
Ian worked for ten years in the implantable medical device industry, including five years as COO at Reflex Medical Products. He has been a guest lecturer in the graduate schools of business at the University of Colorado, Boulder, UC Denver and Denver University since 1998. While a professional athlete Ian worked in the running shoe industry as a design consultant with Salomon and Nike, and later as Director product Development, then Director of Medical & Education at Newton Running Company.
Ian’s television and event production career started in 1999, contracting to International Management Group as a course and technical director for complex international multi-sport races. Since then he has produced and directed dozens of athletic events and television shows world wide. He continues to work in the television industry as producer, host and talent.
Ian has a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, and four patents for medical devices and running shoes.
ALI LAMI (Ali Jawad Kadhim)– Iraq
Ali Jawad Kadhim (Ali Lami) is the Co-Founder- Secretary General of the Iraq Parkour Federation
and a Parkour trainer (coach). He was born in Iran in 1993 and is fluent in three living languages Arabic, Farsi, English and familiar with Spanish. He moved to Iraq upon high school graduation to pursue his university education and improve his job opportunities.
As a Parkour athlete, he has won many awards including the “Iraq Creative Young People” award in 2015. He graduated from the University of Baghdad majoring in English literature in 2014 and has written novels and poems in English that are praised by his professors.
Moving to Iraq from Iran as a well-trained athlete in Parkour, he established the Iraq Freerunning Parkour Federation (IFPF). His goal was to bring joy and hope to younger generation of children who were suffering from the recent war crisis. He is very proud of this achievement because, because most of people and the government were not familiar with Parkour in Iraq.
With the guidance and support of IPF, Mr Lami established the first dedicated Iraqi Parkour school/gym in 2015 when the government and Youth ministry agreed to give him a vacant gym to use as a training facility. It continues to be a challenge to keep the school open to this day, despite having many students who attend and the support of both IPF and the WFPF. He has had the gym taken away, had it vandalized several times, and it burned down. Mr. Lami rebuilt it every time. Many Iraqi parkour athletes have also sadly lost their lives due to the violence and ongoing war in Iraq.
Mr Lami is also mentoring athletes in other regions of Iraq to open and run their own parkour schools. He has supported athletes in Kirkuk and Erbil in this effort.
BERAT MAVRICI– Kosovo
President/Founder- FPK-KPF the national governing body for parkour/freerunning in Kosovo, approved by Kosovo’s National Olympic Committee
Berat Mavriçi, born and raised in Pristina, the capital city of Republic of Kosovo. At age 13, due to lack of any other athletic facilities because of Kosovo’s War (1998-1999) he started his early parkour journey training in a local youth facility for tumbling. He self taught and explored until 2009 when he discovered parkour on the internet and realized that was what he was already doing. He has built Kosovo’s parkour infrastructure ever since then. He founded the parkour group ATOM3Run, and continued to cooperate with the NGO – Young Initiative from Brave Hills (YIBH) in Kosovo to supplement his training. In 2011 with the help of YIBH, Mr Mavrici developed camps for youth and introduced parkour to the campers via a big parkour show, which was a huge success. The following year YIBH gave Mr Mavrici half of the camp to create a parkour program for the campers.
In cooperation with Municipality of Pristina and organization “YIBH” he created the first ever large parkour show in Kosovo which had hundreds of parkour athletes participating. Because of the exposure and interest from the show, he was able in 2013, to organize the first official 5 day parkour camp (named The Game of Life). Officials from the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, and Municipality of Pristina, and others all visited the camp.
In 2014, Mr Mavrici took things one step further. Because athletes from Kosovo could not get visas to travel, Mr Mavrici organized an international parkour festival in Kosovo where world renowned parkour athletes from around the world came to compete and participate in Kosovo. They called it the ATOM Challenge and there were participants from 11 countries.
In 2014, Mr Mavrici reached out to IPF to help set up the national governing body for parkour in Kosovo- KPF. Kosova’s Olympic Committee (KOC) accepts Kosovo’s Parkour Federation as an active member on October 13, 2016. At that time, Thomas Bach (President of the IOC) was on a visit to Kosovo and was informed about the Kosovo Parkour Federation and Mr Mavrici and his team did a parkour performance in his honor. The federation continues with performances and seminars from 2015 until present day.
ALEXANDER DHUL-QARNAIN– Tajikistan
President FPFTajikistan – the national governing body for Parkour/Freerunning and recognized by the Tajikistan National Olympic Committee
I was born on December 9th, 1992, on a train from Dushanbe to Moscow during the time of the civil war. My mother and my uncle were among the lucky ones that managed to escape at the time. Food was scarce, winters were cold so we had to run. My one true support and role model for me in the world was my grandfather. A world champion in freestyle judo, he always encouraged me to be the best I could be. When I was 9, my grandfather died, and his son, my uncle became the head of the family. Rather than support me, he preferred to tell me I wasn’t good enough, strong enough, agile enough to become a wrestler like my grandfather. I tried, and I tried, but to him I was never good enough, and so I lost faith in myself as well. As a kid I used to love superhero movies, especially spider-man, and I started jumping and trying to imitate him. I found out about Parkour after watching DISTRICT B-13, and THE YAMAKASI. Then, in 2005, a good friend of mine came and encouraged me to get to start training parkour with him. I was intrigued and started learning more about it as I began to train with my friend. We discovered other guys who were into parkour but didn’t train and we encouraged them to train with us and help each other to grow and become stronger. Slowly I found my confidence again. After seven years of training, I was a different person and I recognized it was time for me to give back and and to help others find what I found in parkour. So, I decided to organize an official parkour community. I discovered three different parkour groups in Tajikistan, and as I tried to bring them together, they all told me to abandon the idea of a federation and gym in Tajikistan, that there were no resources, and that it would never work. I was so concerned that maybe they were right, and that perhaps they were right, that parkour would never achieve recognition in Tajikistan. But I never gave up however and eventually I found WFPF and IPF who listened and encouraged my dreams. I am especially grateful to Mr.Victor President of IPF and Co-Founder of WFPF who first supported the idea of a federation in Tajikistan. I am proud and honored to have been put in charge of the Tajik federation. In July 2017 I was invited to Bangkok for a WFPF Teacher Certification, and when I mentioned that I didn’t have the the money to go, I was given a scholarship by WFPF. I am so thankful and forever grateful for all of the opportunities that IPF/WFPF gave me at a crucial time, which put me on the right track and may have saved my life.
South America Board Member– To be announced
Africa Board Member– To be announced
Asia Board Member– To be announced
India Board Member– To be announced
MENA Board Member– To be announced
Americas Board Member– To be announced
South Asia Board Member- To be announced
Oceania Board Member– To be announced
Indegenous People’s Initiative- Committee to be announced