While battling a heart condition that needs to be regulated every day for the rest of his life, John Dizon still pursues the high-intensity, obstacle-passing sport that is Parkour. He hopes to show people that anybody can do it, despite their limitations.
He describes himself as a “five-foot-five, flat-footed Filipino.” He is also near-sighted. But he still engages with the high-intensity, obstacle-passing sport that is Parkour.
He says his form of Parkour resembles chunky peanut butter, which is contrary to the smooth movements of more skilled Parkour athletes. His, he says, is more “stop-and-go motion Parkour.”
His reason, however, is more serious than his animated personality makes apparent. Dizon was born with cardio myothropy and an enlarged right ventricle along with a murmur. Basically, his heart resembled an old person’s heart and had a little hole. So at 12 years old, he underwent open-heart surgery and he now needs to take beta-blockers every day for the rest of his life to regulate his heart.
“Any kind of strenuous activity on my heart probably isn’t good for his heart since we all have x amount of heartbeats left,” Dizon says. “Mine are just probably a bit shorter than everybody else’s.”
Parkour, however, allows him to challenge his body to perform in ways he didn’t think were always possible.
“If I have another day to move, I am going to use it,” he says.
So while his techniques and movements are not as smooth or as refined as his fellow athletes’, he wants to be a vessel for showing people anybody can do Parkour if they want to.
So he coaches children in Parkour at a company called, “The Movement Creative.”
He likes to open kids up to see what they are capable of and uphold the idea that everyone starts somewhere.