The Short, Dry, and Professional:
Amos is a cofounder, GM, head coach, and professional athlete of APEX School of Movement Headquarters, a global leader in exercise science and parkour with 5 locations across the USA. He cofounded the online academy ParkourEDU.org which now reaches students in over 60 countries with curriculum, certifications, and resources that have been in development since 2006. He cofounded and sits on the board of USPK, the national governing body for parkour in the USA. He is the creator of two groundbreaking projects in movement arts: The Art of Falling (aka Pk Ukemi) and movement science in the context of emergency situations (aka Pk Randori).
Performance for big events (TED Talks, HP, opened for Seal, etc.)
Podiumed international competitions (Origins, APEX Invitational, Tempest Games)
Featured in news (Westword, Daily Camera, etc.)
Television (American Ninja Warrior and course designer/assistant producer for World Parkour Championship on CBS Sports)
Extensive experience teaching a diverse range of groups (at-risk youth programs, Crossfit athletes, freeschool classes, special ops, certifying coaches, etc.)
Taught workshops and seminars around the world (Colombia, India, Canada, etc.)
Multiple European and North American tours to over 35 cities to train with/teach/learn from those communities.
Outside of his work as an entrepreneur and coach, he’s a martial artist, philosopher, information activist, singer-songwriter/producer/DJ, and a huge fan of Burning Man’s 10 principles.
Not a lot of detail here, so read on for more.
My Deepest Intentions
My intentions are to leave this place I was born into better than when I found it. Along the way, I want adventure, pain, exploration, struggle, love, to create, to inspire, to find balance in giving back to a world that has given me so much, to destroy the ruts that people pretend to be happy in, to find harmony between body/mind/surroundings, to learn, to grow, to laugh, to connect, to dance.
Picture me in a lab coat, jumping and swinging. I have a conviction for harmony in mind/body/surroundings, and parkour, dance, and martial arts are such powerful tools for this.
I find one way to give back through empowering others to reclaim their bodies from sedentary lifestyles, to be strong and capable, to use a journey through movement to overcome challenges that aren’t even physical.
Living with passion for exploration and growth has led me to eat shit, a lot... I’ve fallen so much over the years that I almost made a career out of it… and then I actually made it part of my career... In seeing the value that good falling technique gave to my experience in all things movement related, I decided to put time and energy into studying what I have termed “Parkour Ukemi.” This project seeks to prepare a person for the inevitable: mistakes and failure. And particularly, it focuses on the challenges of falling in the real world of hard surfaces and complex shapes, as opposed to the dojo's flat mats or the gymnastics bouncy/squishy land where bad habits that are regularly formed become extremely dangerous reactions outside the doors of those unrealistic environments. I hope that every movement art, discipline, and sport can find value in the integration of the unifying theory behind the art of falling.
Living in such a world where the powerful sometimes exploit and manipulate those without has led me to understand the value of self empowerment. I find another way to contribute through playing my role as a node along which the study of martial arts can be transmitted through the ages. I desire to protect myself and others as well as empower others to do the same for themselves.
Not all dire circumstances require combat. Sometimes quick, precise movement is the answer. Common parkour practice accomplishes so much when it comes to empowerment, but I’ve found myself interested in studying its place in real-life, time sensitive challenges/emergency situations. “Parkour Randori,” is a project with a mission to understand this intersection and how people that need these skills can find a methodology in bringing them into their life. Maybe your focus is to be strong to be useful, maybe you’re a hopeful freedom fighter stuck in an oppressive dictatorship, maybe you just have a thirst to be more prepared for the physical challenges to come. I hope I can contribute by aiding your empowerment with this study.
Sometimes physical reactions are not the solution to the exploitation and manipulation.
A while back, someone told me to be the change I want to see in the world. I took it to heart; spent many years letting the genuine pursuit take me on an adventure, but now my response to that person is that there is an impasse all genuine activists are facing: the information highways are convoluted with corruption, manipulation, exploitation, inefficiencies, and so on. I believe this has become a major part of the ceiling on the progress we can make to build the type of world most of us would like to live in.
I hit so many walls in my endeavors to be an engaged citizen due to information problems and corruption in media, corporate disinformation campaigns, propaganda overload, plain old misinformation due to web 2.0 or just poor journalism. All of this can put overwhelming burdens of time in research on a person’s shoulders, leaving them hardly able to come to a conclusion on a single issue... an onslaught of new issues incoming daily...
I believe that information activism is one of the major callings of our lifetimes if we desire the world that we want to live in, democracy, to mitigate the ever-pushing tide of corruption, to take a stand for the exploited, to empower people to solve basic issues that otherwise boil over as genocides, to bring justice to those who think they’re untouchable as they smirk while looking down on us through the 114th story office suite window.
Hot on the trail of the meaning of life
I don’t want my failures and successes to be kept to myself. I see real value in sharing for the benefit of others, and I enjoy writing.
Music and dance, in my opinion, are some of the most beautiful aspects of the human experience, and so I find another way to contribute to the human family through song writing, producing, dance music creation, DJing. Connect with my work, future releases, and live performances here.
If you’ve come this far, I’m glad you know more about what makes me tick, but I’m an old fashioned cowboy when it comes to truly revealing myself, and so I’d like to talk to you in person rather than bullhorn everything about myself into the vacuum of cyberspace. Connect with me.