Jereme Sanders : Parkour Pro Interview

JEREME SANDERS: Parkour Pro Interview

by Jonathan Tapp

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Jereme Sanders performing a cat pass!

If you watched Jump City Seattle on G4 then you’ll definitely recognize Jereme Sanders.

He’s got a very quick and unique style that is hard to forget. Jereme has always been a positive and influential presence in the parkour community and has been in the game for quite some time now. He was actually one of the first guys I met in the parkour community when my brother and I first started training and that was back in like 05.

He is by far one of the most talented and humble traceurs I have ever met. I recently found out he’s teaching and running his own gym now! So I had to grab him for an interview to find out more about how he personally got started, how he trains, and what his gym is all about.

How’d you get started in parkour?
Jereme: I got started training Parkour shortly after seeing a Ripley’s Believe It or Not video that featured the Yamakasi. Played “Yamakasi” for a while, forgot the name and then ended up finding Parkour after seeing an advert with Sebastien Foucan.

What are some of the big accomplishments you have achieved through parkour?
Jereme: The Biggest accomplishments I’d have to say Parkour has given me is the confidence it’s given me, which has allowed me to effectively deal with any situation life throws out me, the friendships I’ve gained in my travels and the opportunity to better myself in all ways.

I can honestly say I would have no idea where I’d be if Parkour wasn’t so much a part of my life right now.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet and befriend some of the most experienced guys in the US(Tyson Cecka, Levi Meeuwenberg, all of my Tribe buddies, Tempest) as well as some of the original (Yamakasi, Laurent Piemontesi on multiple occasions) and first generation guys(Johann and Stephanne Vigroux) of this awesome art and for that I am eternally grateful.

What was the hardest parkour move for you to learn when you first started?
Jereme: If I had to pick one I’d have to say that rail precisions eluded me the longest. I only started getting comfortable with them in the last couple years.

Was there any special technique or training you used to get better with rail precisions?
For the rail precision it was all about massive amounts of repetition in less daunting scenarios and eventually the movement stopped intimidating me. Would also have to say wooden playgrounds helped me out a lot with it as I trust wood a lot more then metal.

How often do you train?
Jereme: I get about 13-15 hours of training in a week

What would an average training day be like for you?
Jereme: Average training day consists of a light or heavy warm up, rehab work for my chronic injuries (Ankle, Shoulder) and then lately my focus has been on solidifying skills I have but am not too confident with, working new skills or testing myself mentally, or focusing on strength/muscular imbalances. After one or more of those I finish with a nice, basic stretch out.

Do you implement weight training?
Jereme: I try and lift weights 2 times a week though it’s not been as regular as I like, hoping to get back to a regular lifting schedule, just trying to find a good balance on how to lift and not be dead when it comes to training Parkour stuff.

My main focus when lifting has been Squats, Deadlifts and weighted pull ups, though I did toy around with Starting strength when I first started lifting.

Have you had any major injuries through parkour?
Jereme: I’ve been lucky enough to not have many serious injuries that heavily debilitate me.

Only one I can think of is my ankle, not fully certain what I did to it but about 2 years ago I rolled it on a small jump I wasn’t focusing on and it caused me a great deal of pain for about a year and a half and is now a semi chronic issue along with my shoulder. I’ve been focusing a lot on rehabilitating these issues along with general muscular imbalance and it’s helping a lot, just got to keep the discipline.

In the beginning of my training I did a lot of dumb stuff that I’m lucky to have been able to bounce back from. Most notable of which was a fractured hand and a chipped bone around my knee, both from dumb ego driven things 🙁

How long were you out of training for your ankle? And was there anything you did to help you recover faster?
Jereme: I was always able to find things to train and work on but my ankle kept me from a lot of things, and gave me a lot of trouble for about a year and a half.

Adequate rest and rehab time were the best things for it, and I suspect if I would have instituted such measures sooner the issue wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long as it did.

I know you have a gym down in San Antonio Texas, tell us a little bit about that and some of the main goals you have for the gym.
Jereme: Indeed I do. I started the American Parkour Academy down here in SA with APK about 10 months ago and I’m very happy to have done so. It’s definitely been and continues to be a learning experience for me but I’m super happy to have the opportunity to spread what I love to anyone I can.

My main goals for the gym would be to make it more accessible to people outside of the basic demographic for Parkour and to have it also be a place that the Parkour community here in SA (and in Texas) feels welcome and wants to train at. Other than that having it be successful would be nice as well haha.

If someone wanted to start training at your gym, how would they go about doing that?
Jereme: First thing they’d do is find out when a class or open session is, which you can see on http://www.parkoursa.com and from there you’d just come out!

We have an open session every weekday for only $5 and your first class is free. We try and make it as accessible as possible so people don’t have an excuse not to come out. 🙂


Cool video of Jereme in action called “Outmaneuver the Motion”.

What’s a big mistake you see a lot of beginners make?
Jereme: Probably training on an injury, making a “team” or not focusing enough on strength/flexibility. All of these things I feel severely limit ones progression in one way or another.

What word of advice would you give to the guys just starting out?
Jereme: Devote at least as much time to strength and flexibility work as you do technique and your likelihood of plateauing or injuring yourself goes down a lot.

It’s a super important part of training that a lot of time I see overlooked because someone would rather work a new skill.

Another really big part I see newer people forgoing is the steps in between, you can see a big difference from someone who pays attention to how they move into/out of and from one movement to the next and the better you are at it the cleaner/better your Parkour/freerunning stuff will look and feel. Every Part is important.

If you’re interested in learning more about Jereme or how to reach him for top of the line instruction over parkour. Check out his information below!

Jereme’s Youtube: www.youtube.com/jeremesanders

Jereme’s Websites: www.lonestarparkour.com, www.jeremesanders.com, www.americanparkour.com

Jereme’s Gym: www.parkoursa.com and the Address is

American Parkour Academy In San Antonio
12227 Huebner Road Suite 106
San Antonio TX 78230

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  • jb

    im 13 and i want to be a freerunner but i have low budget ? can i have free tips?