SKOCHY INTERVIEW with Scott Lytle

Confidence, Strength and Community. Meet Scotty – parkour athlete, coach, gym owner and boundaries mover. the new gen guy completely smashing it in the ‘old way’.

Our idea was to do this interview last year, but 2023 went by so fast and here we are almost at the half of 2024 (someone please turn off the hyper speed mode).

Meanwhile, we have met Scotty in person at ARDV, and we can only say: it was a blast. We are impressed with his energy and it’s our pleasure to have him on board of parkour (and Skochy) community!

1. How you went from horseback riding and soccer to Parkour?

When I was younger I tried a lot of different sports – baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics and more. Most of these I did for a little bit  just to try it and then quickly moved on. Soccer, on the other hand, was a sport that I did for about 6 years. 

 

Towards the end of my soccer era I also started horseback riding which I did for about 3 or 4 years, and then sometime within starting horseback riding I also discovered parkour.

The reason I stopped soccer was because I had an unfortunate experience with a bad coach. I switched from a recreational league to a travel/competitive league and during games and practices our coach would cuss out myself and my team which was not something I was okay with so I stopped. I continued on to do horseback riding and parkour for quite a bit longer. To this day I still really enjoy horseback riding but I wanted more time for doing parkour so I dropped it and started solely focusing on parkour.

SCOTT LYTLE F8 Movement

A big part of the reason I love parkour so much is because that bad soccer experience kind of killed my enjoyment of competition and parkour was somewhere where I could focus on myself and others without anything other than personal growth being on the line so it was always a more positive experience for me. And the community was incredible!

2. When and how did you start training? How old were you?

Ever since I was a baby I would climb out of my crib, climb trees, and jump over furniture. You know the usual parkour kid, but I didn’t know it was parkour until I saw YouTube videos of people doing parkour at about 9 years old. Once I became aware of parkour, I started watching the Tapp Brothers YouTube tutorials.

I would tip over a plastic basketball hoop in my backyard that we found on the street with a free sign on it and roped it up to my bike and dragged it back to my house, to use it in order to practice vaults. It was extremely stable… not. From there I grabbed my brother and one of his good friends Cole who would years later turn into one of my lead coaches at F8 Movement.

Then we just trained in the backyard and learned until my dad thought that we were going to get ourselves killed and wanted me to learn from professional instruction. There just happened to be a parkour gym nearby which was Base fitness parkour. Ayren (Steuerwald) was my coach for about 10 years and I was fortunate enough to learn about ADD, the Yamakasi, along with the true spirit of parkour and what real training actually looks like. 

3. You mentioned that you have a lead coach in f8 Movement, BUT Wait – you are 21, A coach, A gym owner, you also managed to finish coaching certifications, WOW! How did you get there?

I know it always amazes people how young I actually am. I started coaching at 14 years old where I went through BASE’s year-long internship program which would then be followed by another 4 years of practical coaching assessments. Then became a lead coach at BASE. To get that kind of parkour coaching education was almost unheard of at this time, and for me to get that starting as young as 14 has definitely been a large contributor to my success as a parkour coach.

After BASE closed down I started the F8 movement LLC. At 19 years old with outdoor classes, I opened the indoor gym at 20 years old thanks to the ample support of my family and the community. Its not something I could have done alone. This support is the reason I tend to reference “my gym” as “our gym” because it’s not just mine it’s the communities and it wouldn’t exist without it.

4. WHAT VALUES ARE PASSED TO YOU FROM YOUR COACHES FROM THE BASE ERA? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED, BESIDES THE TECHNIQUE?

I’ve learned many values through my time at BASE. From work ethic, confidence, perseverance, teamwork, to strive for constant growth, to become strong in order to be useful – both mentally and physically – to ask for help, to always support those around you.

And I’ve learned what a non-blood-related family looks like although together there has been plenty of Blood Sweat and Tears! 

But one of the biggest values that was passed onto me was by my (bad) soccer coach. It was to always treat people positively.

BASE PARKOUR

5. ALL THESE LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED – DO THEY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR FIRST MIND BLOWING EXPERIENCE WITH ADD?

Absolutely! I mean I think we know those values are a big part of ADD and, to be honest, my first mind-blowing experience with ADD was when I started at BASE all those years ago, when I was pushed mentally and physically to my limits for the first time and then some because soccer was always easy for me. Beyond that I was fortunate to attend Evry move 4 which is an event in Evry, France with the Yamakasi which was absolutely incredible, but by that point it just felt like home. A little more intense, yeah, but ADD is a spirit and once you truly embrace that spirit your family immediately gets much much larger. 

As I said earlier, I went through BASE’s  year-long internship program followed by 4 years of practical coaching assessments before becoming a lead coach at BASE. That’s where I got my strong coaching foundation. Since then I’ve gone through the APK coaching certification, the ADAPT level 1 coaching certification and am working on my ADAPT level 2 certification in order to continue improving my coaching for constant growth.

6. Is there ANYthing you think that your generation is missing out on?

Absolutely! Previous generations pretty much had to have some sort of connection to the ADD spirit and the Yamakasi (because the discipline was so new and that was the only way to find out about it), but now it’s very easy to learn about parkour without having any mention of ADD the spirit of parkour or the Yamakasi. It’s kind of crazy to think that the biggest reason I fell in love with parkour, being the spirit of it, can be completely skipped for so many people when starting out in parkour.

Because of this, I think a lot of people only play parkour and don’t actually train parkour which is a big difference. One lets you move forever and the other is fun for as long as you can. 

7. Living out of parkour has been a topic for as long as parkour exists, basically. Have you managed to achieve this and would you recommend parkour education to others?

I know it’s totally possible to live off of parkour. You need other skills in tandem with parkour in order to make it work, whether that’s business skills, networking skills, or coaching skills but you can absolutely create a living off of it.

The real question is do you actually want to live off of parkour? Many people say they do but they don’t realize that is risking turning their passion into work which can very quickly kill their enjoyment for parkour.

As someone that is currently living off of parkour it’s something that’s very scary to me and I have to be very careful to not burn myself out. It’s also a question of what living off of parkour looks like for you: do you want to become a billionaire? Because parkour probably isn’t the best way to do that, but do you want to live in your passion and hopefully have a space where your work is always inspiring you with the trade-off that you may not make as much money? Those are the real questions when it comes to parkour becoming a living.

8. CompetitionS, SPL, FIG, Red Bull, Chase Tag? What is your JAM? Have you participated in some sort of competition and what is your stand on it?

I myself have not personally competed in any parkour competitions. They are not something that I believe are part of the original spirit of parkour, but I do recognize that when done correctly they can have a positive impact on a lot of practitioners’ lives as long as they are being taught healthy competition.

I don’t ever see myself competitively pushing for competitions, but I may at some point try it to have a little fun.

9. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ABOUT 5 YEARS?

Honestly? The dream is what I’m doing. Continuing to learn, pursue my passion of parkour, pass it on to others, while getting to travel and do that all around the world. I have goals that I’m reaching for but the dream is enjoying the path to those goals. That’s what I’m going to continue to do.

As for 5 years from now – I barely know what day of the week it is! But I see F8 Movement continuing to grow. I see myself coaching at other events around the world and overall assisting in the growth of parkour. I see myself continuing to be happy with my wonderful girlfriend Lily who is always supporting me along with all the other friends and family that I have and will continue to make along the way. 

 

10. THREE BIGGEST MOMENTS IN YOUR PARKOUR CAREER?

The three biggest moments in my parkour career would have to be:
1. The Start – Finding out about parkour and falling in love with it
2. Discovering BASE and learning about my passion for coaching
3. Starting my own parkour business – F8 Movement Parkour.

There’s a ton of other big and important moments like my first break jump, my first injury, my biggest coaching mistakes, my biggest coaching success, my first parkour event, along with all kinds of other crazy moments. But without any of those three, I wouldn’t even be close to the person I am today. 

11. We saw on Instagram that you have more Skochys than Skochy’s founder. Is that true and do you actually get to wear all of that stuff?
also – What got you interested in Skochy in the first place?

I currently have 48 pieces of Skochy gear and I’m about to order two more which will put me at 50 pieces of Skochy gear. When it comes to personal gear, I have also been told that I have more than Saša. Yes, I wear all of the gear, it’s almost my entire wardrobe. I even have Skochy jeans for nice occasions. Many refer to me as “The guy with the baggy pants” or “The number 1 Skochy Fanboy”. Call me what you will, I love my Skochys! Now go use the code “SkochyScotty” for 15% off and get some awesome clothes!!!

I was first introduced to Skochy at BASE, pretty much when I started. I fell in love with the Baggy Motion pants because they were unique to parkour.  When you’re in soccer you get your soccer bags, shin guards, cleats, soccer balls, jerseys, etc. But when you’re in parkour you get your body and the environment around you – that’s pretty much it. So for me Skochy was parkour gear. It was stuff that I could have that said to myself and others that I did parkour. It helped give me more of an identity and feel special. Plus they’re comfortable as hell. 

12. DO YOU HAVE SOME ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

Biggest piece of advice I can give is to never forget your WHY. Don’t ever forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Write it down, put it on your wall, don’t forget it, because that’s the reason you’re doing what you’re doing and without it you’ll be lost.

Take your goals one step at a time and always be ready to adapt to whatever is thrown your way, keep your mindset positive, support the people around you, and never stop learning because there is always room for growth!

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