What Is Free Running? Essay

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Tim Shieff, also known as "Livewire" is the world’s leading free runner from Derby, England. He is best known for his electrifying performance style and eye catching YouTube videos. He won 2009 Barclaycard World Free Run Championship and participated in MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge. He is currently one of the most successful free runners in the world, and has also won the Red Bull Art of Motion competition twice.

What Is Free Running?

Free running is an expansion of the holistic discipline of Parkour, which was developed from military obstacle training. The purpose of Parkour is to get from point A to B in the most efficient manner possible. Practitioners attempt to propel themselves through the environment using only their bodies
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He was a member of one of the top break-dancing crews in the UK, Trinity Warrior. While a member of this troop, he discovered his passion for making high quality YouTube videos. Today Tim Shieff’s Youtube channel has over 15.5 million views and almost 100,000 subscribers.

Tim Shieff And Free Running

Tim Shieff started his free running career by posting videos of himself on YouTube, and within 9 months he went professional. “Livewire “is the name that Tim Shieff uses while performing free running, and when you watch him perform you can see why he is called this. Watching him is exciting, and his movements are fluid and electrifying. His performance integrates his legendary upper body strength, and he often performs his signature one-armed headstand on death-defying ledges and roofs. He is also known for his ability to do the “human flag,” which is one of the most difficult gymnastic tricks incorporated into free running. This is using a pole to raise your body parallel to the ground, as if you are a flag waving in the wind.

Tim Shieff was originally part of Urban Freeflow, a UK based company founded by Paul Corkney, known as EZ. This group was prominent early in the free running scene, and used to be the largest in the UK scene. While a member of Urban Freeflow, Tim Shieff placed in the 2008 Barclaycard World Free Run Championship, and returned the next year to win the competition. His 2009 performance left many in

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