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Hikari Izumi - Female Parkour Spotlight

Hikari Izumi is someone that I wish more people knew about! On top of being the sweetest person, she has a solid and well-rounded training style that I love! Both her jumping and flipping skill are great, and I also just like the way her movement looks!

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How long have you been training?

5 years.

What got you into parkour?

TV Commercial which was performed with Daniel Ilabaca.

What do you do for a living?

I’m parkour performer in Japan, but I’m international student in the USA.

How do you manage fear when going for something scary?

Of course, I practice over and over again without scary for something scary. Also, doing mental imagery training help me a lot.

Do you have any obstacles that interfere with your training? If so, how do you deal?

Since I am an international student in Los Angeles, classes I am taking fills my schedules to do parkour. And, I don’t have my car, so I sometimes give up going to far places. In Japan, I worried about being watched by people because of security.

What piece of advice would you give to someone starting out?

It is important for beginners to make parkour friends. They would inspire you, give pieces of advice for your flow, and enjoy parkour with you.

Who is a woman that inspires you and why? (in or out of parkour/freerunning)

Luci Romberg is my hero. When I started parkour, there were a few women living as a parkour performer and athlete. Obviously, she was a skillful woman among women all over the world. Nowadays, many proficient women of parkour have come into the world. In the downing age, however, she was on the level with that of a men players, and this was amazing.

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And here's a super fun training day I had with Hikari!

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