THE first free running classes to be held in Exeter start this week.
Dominic Rott, of Streetmotion, will be teaching the urban acrobatics to adults and children on Wednesday evenings.
But they won't be trying to vault, flip, spin and roll across rooftops as they might have seen experts doing in the movies or on television. They will be learning in a safe, indoor environment with soft landing mats.
Dominic said: "Free running is about looking at and using your surroundings, such as walls and railings, in a different way, to create movement."
Free running is not the same as parkour, although the two are physically similar. Dominic's classes will cover elements of both disciplines.
"Parkour is about efficient movement – getting from one place to another in a fast, fluid way," said the 25-year-old from Totnes. "Free running is more about self-expression."
Dominic has been training for eight years.
He said: "I found out about free running when I saw a documentary called Jump London. I was inspired.
"I'd never been the most athletic of people but I thought it looked amazing and I tried it myself the next day.
"There's constant progression.
"It's about pushing yourself to achieve things that you didn't think you were capable of."
Dominic graduated from Reading University with an IT degree, but after four years of studying, he decided that he did not want to work in an office.
He has been coaching free running and parkour at youth clubs in south Devon and recently established Streetmotion, with a few friends.
"It's only in the last two or three years that people have started offering classes," said Dominic.
"What's good about free running is you don't need any equipment to get started.
"It's not a competitive sport. You can train with other people and it's quite a social activity."
Classes start at St Luke's Science and Sports College tomorrow.
There is a session for eight to 15-year-olds and one for people aged 16 and above.
Classes cost £6. For more details visit www.streetmotion.co.uk or call 01548 897666.