Granite residents might have noticed a few guys jumping around and doing flips around the downtown area. We managed to get two of the Ninjas to stand still for a minute and fill us in. Parkour is the practice of trying to get from one point to another fast and efficiently. But rather than walk in a straight line, practitioners jump, dive, vault, roll, climb, flip, crawl, or move however is necessary. Think “American Ninja Warrior but in parks and streets.” There are different styles and philosophies, most of the debate is basically about how “fancy” the movements are, and if stuff like flips are necessary or just look cool. Jacob Neu first got into parkour about four years ago. He had suffered a concussion from playing football and needed to find a new outlet. He watched untold amounts of Youtube tutorials. He puts himself in the middle of the spectrum between “flashy flips” and practical speed. His idols have an incredible flow he wants to adapt into his own style. He wants to make his tricks as clean as possible. Neu is self taught. He had figured out flips on a trampoline. He drilled side and back flips to the point where he can do it with his eyes closed. He’s avoided major injuries, but has a collection of scrapes and bruises, along with the occasional sore ankle. Neu recently started teaching his nephew Taylor Wynia. Wynia was diagnosed with a heart murmur in 4th grade, which kept him out of most physical activities until age 14. Right now he’s focused more on the practical side of parkour, focusing on building strength and fundamental skills. Neu documents his training on his YouTube channel “Jacob Neu.” He’d like to have his own training gym someday, and he’s also considering trying to compete on American Ninja Warrior. For now he’s enjoying his training and trying to develop his skills as much as he can.