Never believing he would ever do parkour, thinking that it was too extreme and bad for his joints based on all the videos he had seen, Derrick had initially dismissed the discipline. Luckily, however he was properly introduced to it by chance in late 2011 through a friend. It was then that he was actually able to experience its true value and power, realising it was not about big jumps and stunts often portrayed in the videos, but more about seeing possibilities, challenging one’s own limits, reigniting one’s sense of wonder and learning to master one’s body, mind and spirit.
It was a beginning of a new journey, and after making a stronger commitment to the discipline in mid 2012, he recruited a group of friends to train with. From this group grew what is now the Superfly Monkey Dragons Parkour Freerunning Academy and Agency.
For Derrick, Parkour and Superfly have joined the dots from his past. They bring together his experience in personal development, medicine, media and events and allow him to pursue his passion of helping people and community through what has become one of the fastest growing discplines in the world today.
It has been a whirlwind of a ride, from making the transition to an academy, bringing Alex Lopes a parkour friend from Portugal to head up the curriculum and classes, starting Singapore’s first Learn 2 Flip Course and putting on Asia’s First Parkour Freerunning Festival Jump Asia with Daniel Ilabaca, all within the first year. Since then Derrick has staged Singapore’s First Parkour Challenge – Superfly Showdown as well as partnered with Cathay to launch David Belle’s remake of District 13 with the Superfly Brick Mansions Parkour Jam. Moving forward he is excited to have a top team on board who are passionate and devoted to sharing this wonderful discipline and inspire people to discover and live their potential through movement!
Catch Derrick’s first interview on CNA discussing what parkour is,
and why everyone should move!