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Meet the parkour icon, King Spider, driving New York up the wall03:59

Meet the parkour icon, King Spider, driving New York up the wall

United States, New York City
September 23, 2020 at 17:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Parkour athlete who goes by the name of King Spider, has recently gained fame in New York for his impressive stunts around both streets and the subway system alike.

In footage captured on Monday, King Spider demonstrates his impressive skills for the camera, including performing scores of front and backflips both in Times Square and on the underground.

"My mentality is not really human. I really think of myself as a King Spider. The way I crawl, the way I move, my natural body movement on a day-to-day basis, is not average. I like to climb and move completely different than the average person. So, when I do parkour it's way more easier [sic]. I don't force myself," Said King Spider.

The athlete, whose real name is Byron Sterling, also explained that he got his nickname through being very good at the game of monkey tag, which also goes by the name of spider tag, with the local kids calling him the king of the game.

The athlete also revealed that he learned the techniques by himself off a park bench. King also described why New York City is so good for the sport and explained some of the basics behind the sport.

"New York is wonderful. There are so many things you can do. Like, parkour is done, like, on benches, on the floor, on the wall. You can do it on cars, you know, you can get creative. But the basics of parkour is literally going up a flight of steps and just knowing exactly how much force you need to step up the next step. The more you do it, the more easier it becomes. So, it's the same thing as parkour training, if you learn how to do one flip and you do it over and over and over, it becomes easy."

Meet the parkour icon, King Spider, driving New York up the wall03:59
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A Parkour athlete who goes by the name of King Spider, has recently gained fame in New York for his impressive stunts around both streets and the subway system alike.

In footage captured on Monday, King Spider demonstrates his impressive skills for the camera, including performing scores of front and backflips both in Times Square and on the underground.

"My mentality is not really human. I really think of myself as a King Spider. The way I crawl, the way I move, my natural body movement on a day-to-day basis, is not average. I like to climb and move completely different than the average person. So, when I do parkour it's way more easier [sic]. I don't force myself," Said King Spider.

The athlete, whose real name is Byron Sterling, also explained that he got his nickname through being very good at the game of monkey tag, which also goes by the name of spider tag, with the local kids calling him the king of the game.

The athlete also revealed that he learned the techniques by himself off a park bench. King also described why New York City is so good for the sport and explained some of the basics behind the sport.

"New York is wonderful. There are so many things you can do. Like, parkour is done, like, on benches, on the floor, on the wall. You can do it on cars, you know, you can get creative. But the basics of parkour is literally going up a flight of steps and just knowing exactly how much force you need to step up the next step. The more you do it, the more easier it becomes. So, it's the same thing as parkour training, if you learn how to do one flip and you do it over and over and over, it becomes easy."

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