Founder of Sapporo Parkour Krew / Chairman of Japan Parkour Association
Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Matsuda Graduated from the Department of Science, at Hokkaido University. He started parkouring in 2008 in Canada, where he was studying at the time. Since 2009, Matsuda has been holding a parkour practicing event where ordinary citizen can participate in Sapporo. He was involved in spreading the parkour scene in Sapporo by founding JIN, the first ever parkour team in Hokkaido, the Sapporo Parkour Krew, the first parkour circle at Hokkaido University, and by holding various parkour workshops for the average citizen. He’s been running a blog where he has been broadcasting news pertaining to parkour both in and outside of Japan since 2008, aiming to make information about parkour available in Japanese online. In April of 2014, he founded Japan Parkour Association with the philosophy of “making Japan a place where everyone can enjoy parkouring without pressure” and “establishing the culture of parkour in Japan.” As chairman, he is now spreading the news about parkour both in and outside of Japan, creating a community for parkour and traceur (parkour practitioner) teams, spreading Parkour, and enlightening the masses.
Parkour is a training method that uses the obstacles around you and aims to make a strong, functional body that you can use as you like at any place. It’s not a popular sports in Japan, but is a big craze all over the world, mainly in Europe. (from Sapporo Parkour Krew Official Homepage)