Lit­tle Pick Me Ups

Ruel’s boy is a chip off the old block

Pick Me Up! Special - - News - Ruel Da­costa, 32, Mil­ton Keynes

Most kids love jump­ing and climb­ing trees.

But my daugh­ter Jada, now six, and son Cal­lan, four, will climb any­thing and ev­ery­thing!

Fur­ni­ture, the door frames, ban­is­ters…you name it, they’ll climb it.

The pair run rings around their mum, my part­ner Ni­cola Parker, 26.

‘Just like Daddy!’ I like to tease her.

When I was 16, I got into Park­our, a fast-paced dis­ci­pline that in­volves per­form­ing ac­ro­batic feats in ur­ban ar­eas, of­ten leap­ing

be­tween tall build­ings.

Noth­ing beats the adren­a­line rush!

Now, as a qual­i­fied Park­our in­struc­tor, I teach the skills to kids and adults at Para­mount Park­our in Kingston.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, I heard through a fel­low trainer that ITV was launch­ing Ninja War­rior UK.

Based on a Ja­panese TV show, it’s a com­pet­i­tive chal­lenge where adults take on an ex­treme as­sault course.

I fell at the first ob­sta­cle and was knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

But that didn’t stop my boy be­com­ing my big­gest fan. ‘Daddy on telly!’ Cal­lan cried. To con­tinue train­ing for se­ries two, I built a replica course in the Park­our cen­tre.

I cre­ated a mini ver­sion of the course for the kids to prac­tice on, too - al­ways un­der my su­per­vi­sion, with crash mats. One day, Cal­lan, then three, was climb­ing the wall and swing­ing across the overhead bar, so I filmed him and up­loaded it to Face­book. It got 5000 views overnight! ‘A lit­tle leg­end!’ wrote one viewer. A few months later, I en­tered

My boy is a lit­tle leg­end

Ninja War­rior UK se­ries two, and fin­ished in the fi­nal four.

It’s so tough, no one com­pleted the full course.

‘Go, Daddy!’ Cal­lan con­grat­u­lated me.

Jada and Cal­lan still train with each other, as I teach Ninja War­rior-style classes to lo­cal kids.

Cal­lan has got his ninja pose - a hand­stand - down to a fine art. I can’t wait to see what my

mini-ninja has in store!


Replica course

My mini me

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