Davide Buzzi, gymnastic coach at CrossFit London, tells his personal story of dealing with overwhelming health obstacles as a child, to overcoming physical obstacles as a Parkour instructor. Read how how Davide “found his path”.
I’m Davide, an Italian Tricker, Parkour & Free running instructor, qualified as a Gymnastic and Tricking coach in Italy. Always in gym since i was young, thanks to my whole life, that gave me the chance to experience the world with “different eyes”, I have developed my own way to teach, based on my research and personal experiences, less academic, more based on individuality. I have chosen to do what I love to do, in my life, and teaching is definitely something that I really love and that is a part of me. The thing that really makes me happy is to see my students achieving their goals and I’m always studying, developing and improving new ways to make this happen.
It might be sounds weird to start in this way, but my purpose here is to show off how to transform something that is hurting us, in something positive. For me, teaching is a gift and a feature. Teaching to people gives me the chance to talk to them, to help them to go beyond fears, and to transform what they consider impossible, into possible.
I want to represent an idea: the idea that you really can make what you want. I want to represent possibilities. And the message that is all around what I’ m doing, is love. Put love and passion in what you’re doing, creating, living.
Life is too important to waste our time in something that we don’t like. We would not be able to create anything good, wasting our time doing something that we don’t love. Maybe we could do it, but only having a goal in our mind: find out what we really love, inside us, or discover it through the world.
You can find the reason why i’m telling you these things, in a story.The story, my story, that brought me here today, in the way I am, begin when i was 5 years old. My sight wasn’t really good at that moment and doctors were looking for the reason why I couldn’t see like i was supposed to do. The reason was discovered really soon. I had two tumors in my brain and one of them was gradually destroying the optic nerve on the left side. A surgery operation might be impossible, the risks
were too high.Doctors decided to treat the problem with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It took a very long time, many years, to see some good results (likely).
Between the period of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy i started Artistic Gymnastic (7 years old). I was too “destroyed”by the treatment to be able to do some sports, but my desire to do something like a “normal kid” was too high, and my mother agreed to send me to the gym and see what would have happened. Doctors prohibited me to do any sports that could cause me a “head contact”, like basketball, soccer, or other sports. Yeah, gymnastic is not really safe and the risk to hit the head somewhere is always there, but, in a way or another i started doing it. I was quite talented and my coaches wanted to push me to high levels, but i couldn’t. First of all for my health condition, and then because every 3 weeks I needed to go to the hospital for several days to get the treatment that I needed. Despite of the expectations, i kept on going with gymnastic (even if it was a recreational class) till 12 years old.
A really bad thing that doctors might say to a kid that is growing up is: “ you’ll be short forever, due to the problems that you have”. Yes, because, as we know, a chemical treatment is not natural and can easily cause other “collateral problems”. In my case, my pituitary gland was damaged by the radiotherapy. The pituitary gland secretes the growth hormone, that is responsible of encephalitic, respiratory and digestive functions and, when you are a kid, is responsible of growing.
This is the best way to clip a young teenager’s wings.
I think that there is always a reason why something happened to our life, even if sometimes is not clear at the first moment. And this is something that i have gradually understood in the years later. There reason why i’m saying this, is linked to what it happened next. It was extraordinary. In fact, when i was 14 years old, i felt in love with a sport called parkour. Basically parkour teaches you how to go beyond the obstacles and beyond your fears. An obstacle is not an obstacle at all, but a chance to learn and create something new: a path.
I couldn’t do it with glasses and i couldn’t put on contact lenses because i was too young, but it didn’t matter. I did it. Even if i was partially blind from an eye, and almost the same from the other, and even if it meant to jump from a wall to another wall, or balancing on rails.The good news at that moment of my life was that i was out of danger. It meant that the most dangerous tumor was reduced and stopped. The bad news was that my body, would have been signed forever. I couldn’t live a normal life and i couldn’t have the energy of a normal person, to do the normal daily activities. This was so wierd because at the same time my life was pushing me deeper in the world of sport as athlete and coach.
After 3 years practising and teaching parkour, i was discovering a new world. I was getting into the world of Tricking, while developing creativity and teaching skills at the same time (18 years old)). My body couldn’t effort lots of training and i was able to have just a couple of training a week, 1 hour each. But when your entire life is based on sight problems and a very fragile body, you have two chances: to give up, or find another way to do what you love. Parkour, definitely taught me the “how to find a way”. My sight problem taught my how to have different point of views in life and how “to see” without eyes.
This is basically how i have developed (and still researching for) a different way to learn movement in sport field, a different way to teach (less academic and more based on individuality).
In few words, I’m 24 years old now, i’m depending from Growth Hormone treatment, because it is the only thing that allow my body to have enough energy to walk, do some stairs, to have a “normal life”. I can’t run more than 1 minute without feeling really bad, i’m keeping a form of diabetes under control by eating healthy food, and for each single jump that I do, i need 3, 4 minutes to rest and have enough energy to keep going…oh, and in the meanwhile I’ve broken both my anterior cruciate ligaments, left and right
BUT..hey… this is just a very small part of me. The big one is passionate, determined, creative, in movement, always developing and improving, ready to help you whatever you want to learn.
So, I hope to see you soon in the gym.