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Johnstone Macpherson-Stewart

Age: 23

Time Training: 10 Years

How would you describe your style as a Parkour athlete?

I would say, as with most of the Motus athletes, I’m very well rounded but certainly feel I’m drawn towards movement that requires a level of physical technicality. I love clean landings and movement - you’ll probably see me trying a line 100 times and still end up not feeling totally satisfied with it!

What is your favourite aspect of the sport?

It sounds cliche to say but as I’ve become more experienced I’ve learned to appreciate the culture of the sport and the community in a wider sense. As much as I love the movement itself, I’m constantly inspired by other people’s movement and gratitude within such a sharing community which certainly adds to my personal motivation.

When you are not training parkour how do you fill your time?

Very good question! I wish I knew the answer... I’m a very spontaneous person and appreciate doing different things at different times based on how I feel. In terms of other hobbies I have - I enjoy running, cycling, climbing and making memories with friends. I love travelling and meeting new people... None of which is a direct answer to the question. I definitely spend far too much time on my phone. OH and I love making films.

Is Parkour your full-time job and If not what do you do on the side?

Parkour for me is almost entirely a passion and I feel lucky to be able to support myself through a different means which I’m also deeply passionate about. I’m a professional filmmaker and own my own production company “JMS Films”.

Within parkour are you pushing towards any goals or challenges? 

I’ve battled tendonitis in my right knee for the past couple of years and it’s finally at a stage where I can push 100% again. Having said that I’ve had the kiss of the iron bar so to speak and am very much into my strength and conditioning for Parkour. This is my first time vocalising it, but I suppose my goal within Parkour is to be of a level to be able to have an amazing training session with anyone I meet. Whether that’s the mighty Tim Champion or flow god Archie Aroyan, I’d love to be of a level in each style within parkour that I could have an amazing training session with anyone at the top of their game.

If you were not able to choose Parkour what other sport would you like to pursue toward a professional level? 

Before dedicating my physicality towards parkour I was a very high-level swimmer though I can’t imagine enjoying a professional career as one. It would have to be a skill focussed extreme sport, one day I have the romantic idea of getting into downhill mountain biking when my PK days are up.

What is your favourite part of being a part of Motus?

The bois! We’re a family and I get on with each and every one of them so well and in different ways. There is a vibe when we are all together which is hard to describe.

What are your favourite and most memorable trips you have been on with Motus and are there any places you wish to go too in the future?

Though it’s been the most recent trip, I absolutely LOVED the Sole Destroyer trip to Portugal/Spain. It was so raw and to the point. We relied on the community heavily which was what made it so real. I definitely want to do more trips around Europe meeting and training with communities from different cities.

Looking further afield, I hope we can one day do a Motus trip to somewhere in Asia. 

Motus is a collective of very close and good mates but is there anybody in specific within ‘MOTUS’ you find yourself working with the best? 

Obviously Robbie and I work super well together since we’ve known, worked and trained with each other the most. I work really well with Giles - we are definitely on the same wavelength a lot of the time and feel as though we both compliment each others skill sets very well.

Where would you like to see yourself and Motus within the next 5 years?

It’s hard to say as there are so many directions we could go but I just hope that into the future we remain a community brand that keeps on giving back. It would obviously be fantastic if Motus could be a vehicle and tool to promote Parkour to a wider audience focussing on the very real and positive culture behind our sport.

What is your taste in music? 

I love a bit of everything really. The XX never fails to hit the spot though.

What is your favourite food?

Right now, Pizza. But it’ll likely change by tomorrow.

What is your favourite piece from the new Sole Destroyer collection & why?

I love the Red Stripe Shorts. Not too short but not too long. I’ve never been fully satisfied with any PK shorts I’ve had to this point but these just hit the spot so well. Zipped pockets, light material and they look peng.