Desi Superman headed for Milan

Published: 15 November, 2011 06:53 IST | Pradeep Rao |

Class XII student from Gurgaon has been invited to parkour fest, but needs a sponsor

Class XII student from Gurgaon has been invited to parkour fest, but needs a sponsor

Climbing, jumping running, rolling and vaulting are Sourabh Tanwar's favourite means of getting from one point to another. His stunts amuse locals in Gurgaon. The 'Desi Superman' is a traceur (parkour practitioner).

Look at him go! Sourabh Tanwar is a parkour practitioner from Gurgaon
and has a twelve-member team. pic/mid day

Tanwar's team Embrace Pathika has been invited to perform at IIT Mumbai in their annual fest from December 18 to 21. Besides that, the group, affiliated with World Freerunning and Parkour Federation (WFPF), is to participate in Italy's Milan from January 4 to 9, but is yet to find a sponsor.

Sourabh studies at a private school in Gurgaon and stays at Hans Enclave. His father Devvart works in Germany. His mother Babita is a physical training instructor (PTI) at a government school. His younger brother Gaurav is a polytechnic student. Sourabh saw a documentary Jump London, which inspired him to take up parkour.

His twelve-member team comprises ten from Delhi and two from Gurgaon. Sourabh is the founder of Embrace Pathika. The team practices every Saturday and Sunday near Delhi's Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi University Arts Faculty building and Okhla. Sourabh formed the team using the help of social networking site Facebook. In fact, once he caught a snatcher in typical filmy style at Connaught Place.

Not a walk in the park
Parkour is a method of movement focused on moving around obstacles with speed and efficiency. Originally developed in France, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles offer many different training opportunities.

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