HYDERABAD: If you are near Himayat Nagar and you find a restless young boy jumping up walls and buildings, don’t panic. He is a certified American Parkour trainer and doing what he does best. Parkour, for the uninitiated, is a training discipline using movement derived from military obstacle course training and used to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Parkour includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other movements as deemed most suitable for the situation.
When you come face-to-face with him, the first thing that you would notice is his undeterred dedication, deep-rooted values, Cheetah’s focus and ant’s perseverance. Sreeramachandra Yasaswy Modukuru, the 25-year-old Parkour trainer who doesn’t just have a long name, but also a lengthy list of accolades too, unveiled to the world that a hardcore vegan can also have bulky biceps, chiseled body and ripped muscles. Vegans are those who don’t eat any animal related products including milk, curd, butter, eggs, meat, cheese etc.
Known for his veganism and his Parkour movements, Yasaswy says his heart pumps for things that make him full of life and energy, that’s how he got introduced to Pakour and never turned back. “Parkour, honestly is an escape from the world in which I live. Parkour makes me live in the present moment and makes me own it completely. Nobody or nothing can take this feeling away from me. That's the love I have for movement and I shall strive on it until I breathe,” he adds with a subtle sense of pride in his tone.
It is the strong feeling from the soul that pushes him to follow his heart. “I was a sprinter, long jumper and slowly got into Parkour at the age of 18. I was highly inspired by a few great athletes such as Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin, Jackie Chan, David Belle, Daniel Ilabaca, Kie Willis and Phil Doyle. Today I get inspired by everybody who moves with love and expresses their passion towards all kinds of movements,” he smiles.
“I was into track and field (Athletics) till I was 18. Right now, my heart started pulling me back towards running and I do a lot of long distance running which has become my new passion and I have set my own goals to run marathons. I also practice Parkour and conduct regular workshops and sessions for all the movement lovers in the parks in the city. Parkour is always like a pillar of all movement forms and I can't just quit it completely though I am seeing the next few years of my life and efforts being focused towards marathon running,” he explains on how he is keen on running marathons in the near future.