I am Angelo Poulis, born in Athens-Greece. I am an Actor, Parkour athlete / Stunt performer and also a Film Maker. I am considered to be one of the Greek Parkour Pioneers and the co-founder of the first official Greek Parkour team N.S.A which was formed in 2007.
I became known in Greece by my parkour videos on YouTube which i spread on the internet and also through my work on TV commercials as a stuntman or character ,with many leading roles, for companies such as Peugeot, Vodafone, Cosmote, Nescafe to name a few. I have also had leading roles in movies, music video clips and performances for several live TV shows, events, happenings. Furthermore I have been hosting the biggest parkour/freerunning event in the world, “Red Bull Art of Motion in Santorini”, 3 years in a row, as the Greek host, alongside of famous American event hosts from L.A.
I love to share the philosophy of Parkour along with some secrets of success I have learned from books, great personalities or athletes, personal experiences and movies. One of the thing I love the most, is to motivate people in moving forward, to believe in themselves, and to set their goals high, even if those goals may seem crazy or impossible.
- 2011: Leading role for Peugeut tv commercial as parkour athlete
- 2012: Greek host of the biggest parkour freerunning event in the world, Red Bull Art of Motion, in Santorini-Greece
I am looking to accomplish one thing for now, to succeed in the future goals i have set. To do this i need to improve myself in every aspect and in every possible way. I train to become stronger and faster, both physically and mentally. I train my mind regularly taking mind tests and exercises, and i read a lot about the things i am interested in, to gain knowledge. “A reader is the leader”. If you do these things daily, success is inevitable. Though you have to be passionate and to believe in yourself, and of course to trust the process.
My greatest achievement would be to be part of something big , to become a great aspirator and to change people’s lives by helping them in following their dreams. I want to do this through my future plans which I will explain further throughout the following questions..
The greatest difficulty for me is the mental blocks that you sometimes have to deal with. Sometimes you know that you can do something, but for some reason, you are afraid to do it. Especially when this has to do with moves you have to execute high of the ground, knowing that making a mistake could cost you your life. That’s why you have to train the moves again and again at lower heights, to gain experience and self confidence. Repetition is the key to success in parkour.
The fact that u can create your own path. A path that is unique and that no ordinary people can pass through. The great feeling u have when you overcome an obstacle that used to be difficult. As a result you learn to apply the same in your life. When you can see your goals as a route, and the problems as the obstacles u have to overcome. It’s a kind of philosophy in a way.
I practice alone almost every day, when I go to the gym or for conditioning training. I use to go indoors every morning, and outdoors every weekend with my friends for parkour training.
Focusing ,knowing your limits, and as i said before…repetition is the key to success..because this builds your confidence, and you are more capable and efficient to execute any moves. Also daily training is a must if you want to improve and to maintain a high level of efficiency. A good diet helps too.
Parkour is not about competing. It’s about self development and self discipline. It’s about you. However there are some events these last years, that promote competition, companies, sponsors etc, but i have never competed myself. Original traceurs back in 90s used to have a strong spirit and train all together. I was the Greek host 3 years in a row for the biggest competition in the world, red bull art of motion. I enjoyed doing that more than competing.
I don’t really know, but i have received some messages from different people. Especially from younger guys, or people who didn’t use to have goals or motivation to achieve great things in their lives, and from people who had been struggling with weight problems and things like that. I have helped change their lives in a good way. I have inspired them and motivated them. this is something that i like to do through the philosophy of parkour. I am so lucky to be a parkour pioneer in Greece, so i spread it through media or internet, and a lot of young kids started training and practicing the sport and they still do.
Trust yourself. Do not be afraid to fail- be afraid not to try. Don’t believe the naysayers, work like hell, break the rules and think outside of the box. Always give something back, and be able to, at any moment, to sacrifice what you are for what you will become
My future plans has to do with my new career goals: acting and film making. With parkour i managed to get into movies and commercials and i liked it so much. its like i am starting from the beginning again. In parkour i am somebody here in Greece, but with acting i have to start from zero. i find it exciting to reach as high as i can, that’s why i have decided to move to L.A. to pursue my acting career. The biggest industry in the world. My goal is to participate in action movies and in tv commercials and later to be able to create my own productions there.
I suggest that they read about parkour. They have to know what it is and what it isn’t. They have to know the history and the philosophy first of all. After that to start with the basic conditioning exercises for a couple of months and then to get into parkour moves. It’s a good idea to find other people who already train parkour to learn some basics or at least to watch some video tutorials on YouTube for the basic moves. They must be persistent and to know their limits, and not try out something they are not 100 percent sure they can execute. parkour is not about showing off, its about moving efficiently and becoming strong mentally and physically, using your mind and your body all the time in creative ways.
Period of operation: Year round – Best season 20/4 to 20/10
Duration: 6 days (5 nights).
Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, ATV, Cooking Lessons, Sight Seeing
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 2.
Minimum age: 5 y/o
You can take your pick and design your own schedule. Get in touch and get a price!
Pick up from: El. Venizelos airport or Athens or the port of Patra or Kalamata Airport and transfer by car to the small but picturesque traditional hotel in Langadia, 200 km distance and over 2 hr and 30 min drive.
Get settled in and enjoy the rest of the day with great views of the surrounding scenery, rest and relaxation. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner consisting of a plethora of local dishes, drinks and more.
8:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” consisting of: coffee and/or beverages of your choice, trachana soup, traditional homemade bread toasted on charcoal, butter and homemade jams, natural fruit juice, local free-range eggs and honey, pies and local sweets. (Breakfast will be repeated for all days of the program).
9:30 Depart for the traditional village of Dimitsana, visit the Open Air Water-Power Museum, the Monastery of Prodromos and Ancient Gortyn.
The Open Air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana is a thematic museum that highlights the importance of water- power in a traditional society, presenting the basic pre-industrial techniques that use water as the main source of energy for the production of various products. The area is approximately one square kilometer, in which a large craft complex was operating in the pre-industrial period that used the water of the homonymous source, the famous headland of Saint John as driving power.
The Monastery of Prodromos (Baptist) is built at the root of a cliff on the left side of the gorge Lοusios, near the beautiful villages of Stemnitsa and Dimitsana. The landscape is impressive and reminds Meteora and the Great Cave. The church of St. John the Prodromos is a single aisle, domed, basilica temple and is decorated with remarkable Christian paintings. Frescoes are also featuring the outside of the temple, magnetizing the eyes of every visitor.
The archaeological site of Ancient Gortyn is located on the right bank of the river Lousios, in a charming location at the exit of the gorge. It is drivable from the villages of Greek (6 km) and Atsicholos (4 km) and also the Monastery of Prodromos. Ancient Gortys was an important town of Arcadia in ancient times. Even today the ruins still attract the interest and admiration of visitors, combined with the natural beauty and tranquility of the place.
14:00 Lunch at a nearby village on the way to Lagadia.
Relaxation – Leisure
7:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”.
9:00 Day hiking in the 1st Certified Greek trail “Menalon Trail”, route 8 Valtessiniko-Lagadia (duration 4-5 hours, necessary hiking equipment). Mountain guide upon request. Stop for rest and brunch at the spot of “Grias Lithari”.
The Menalon Trail received a certificate of competence as one of the Leading Quality Trails (Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe) and is now proposed by the ERA to all European hikers as a coherent, interesting and safe mountain adventure. The Menalon Trail is the 8th European path that has received this important quality and safety guarantee.
15:00 Lunch at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”
16:00 Relaxation – Leisure
19:00 Cooking Lessons – Seminar of local dishes preparation
8:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
9:00 Depart to the archaeological site of Olympia (65 km – 1.5 hours)
An amazing route connects the village of Lagadia with Ancient Olympia. The harmonious alternation of landscapes gives the feeling of traveling through time. Deep dense canyons, lush vineyards, pine-covered slopes and riverside areas. The Ladon River meets Alpheus that passes through the valley of Olympia near the archaeological site. Words are just unnecessary…
One visit is just not enough in the place that gave birth to the Olympic Games. The greatness of the ancient Greek culture never ceases to impress. In this corner of Peloponnese you will love the father of Gods, Zeus in his holy place. Just imagine raised in front of you one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the imposing gold and ivory statue of Zeus of 13.5 m, sculptured by Phidias. You will also admire with awe the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. You will feel the aura, glory and wisdom of a culture that enchanted the whole world and also that you are in the starting line for a trip back in history, to the glory of ancient Greece.
14:30 Return – Visit to a river trout farm and meal
Relaxation – Leisure
08:30 A rich traditional breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”, including coffee or other drink of your preference, trachanas soup, handmade bread, butter, variety of homemade marmalades, fresh fruit juice, local eggs and honey, traditional pies and local sweet treats.
10:30 Transfer to a natural beauty area of the Menalos Mountain for mountain biking
14:00 Lunch in a traditional tavern of the area with local delicacies
16:00 Return to Lagkadia – Rest
18:30 Tour of the traditional village of Lagkadia – acquaintance with the local sightseeing’s, the history and culture of the place.
A short walk around the neighborhoods and streets of the village feels like a travel back in time, when stone was the primary material in the hands of the skillful craftsmen whose chisels resound in the narrow village streets.
In the neighborhood higher up, close to the church of St. John, one can see the old stone mansion of Deligiannis (former Prime Minister of Greece) and feel his presence still strong around. The central road of Lagkadia is particularly impressive. It once was a very commercial one, since Lagkadia are situated in the central road connecting Tripolis with Pyrgos.
The pride of the village is the church of the Archangels, built in 1808 with the monumental steeple-clock (1910) proudly superimposing among the buildings of stone. In the central squares, the huge trees surround its views. Further up, one can see the school, built in 1864, dominating over the stone steps bringing up memories from the historical days when the first practical high school opened its doors after the revolution of 1821.
The afternoon stroll is finishing with a visit at Panagia of Gounaris where, weather permitting, the majestic sunset over the Ionian Sea will steal your heart. End your thirst in the natural spring below the chapel.
Relaxation – Leisure
08:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
09:00 Departure to visit the Kapsia Cave. The Kapsia Cave is around 15km outside Tripolis and 1.5km away from Kapsia village. Experts rank the Kapsia Cave in the top 10 list of the most valuable caves in Greece. The cave is located in the confined geological basin of the Mantinean plateau and is associated with the complex system of natural sinks, a characteristic of the aquifer. Among the findings in the cave, are human bones and pottery of everyday utensils.
10:30 Departure for one of the following : Mykines or Ancient Korintos or the Acropolis Museum, upon communication with the group. Greek fast-food lunch – gyros souvlaki. Return to the airport for departure.
Our role starts at the entrance point of the clients/groups in our country (airport, port or other) and finishes again at the point of departure.
We take care of everything required for a pleasant and safe stay of our clients within our country.
These include the below:
- Transportation from the point of entry to the place of accommodation and return to the same point for the departure. The transportation includes the equipment and luggages carried along for the purposes of their activities.
- In the case where special equipment is needed for each activity, this has to be made known in advance so we can arrange for it if possible. Where this is not possible, the clients are required to arrange for it themselves.
- All transportation’s by car/bus within Greece, needed to complete the activities, including additional costs (tolls etc).
- Accommodation and breakfast. Our choices of accommodation include fully-furnished apartments and rooms, with bathrooms and kitchen equipment, terrace with view, free
- Wi-Fi, private parking, maximum capacity of 23 beds
- One lunch or dinner per day, at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”, or other place depending on the schedule.
- Drivers fee, mountain guide, safety escort, trainer or anyone else necessary or as mentioned in the schedule. All aforementioned escorts are chosen upon presenting relevant certifications on the skills needed.
No expenditures are included for transportation on own initiative whether in group or individually which is not included or needed for the purposes of the activities.
Museum tickets or tourist guide’s fees if requested. These often change and may not interest everyone.
Any other activity or need beyond the ones described in the suggested program, unless previously agreed with the organisers.
Travelling costs from an individual’s or group country of residence to Greece and back are not included in the total cost of the excursion, hence must be arranged by the individual or group itself.
The schedule may be modified by the organizers according to the number of participants.
Recreational scuba diving is the name given to the use underwater breathing apparatus (tank – BCD – breathing regulator) – in fact, “scuba” is an acronym for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus”! There are many international diving organizations, but the most well known and the one that trains the most divers is PADI.
- You are in good general health.
However, it should be noted that anyone can dive regardless of their physical condition (within reason) because diving is more about hovering in the water than it is about swimming. You will be asked to complete and sign a medical questionnaire and, if necessary, you will be asked to provide a medical certificate.
What the course entails:
- In the theoretical part of the course you will learn about diving equipment (suits, tanks, breathing regulators, etc.), the physical laws governing the sea, elementary medical issues, planning dives, etc.
- The practical part of the course covers a wide range of simple diving skills in which you will learn, for example, how we move and breathe underwater to how we remove water from our masks without having to head to the surface.
- The theory part takes about 7 hours and is completed in 2–3 days (the theory is conducted alongside the actual dives).
- The practical lessons consist of 9 dives (from an initial depth of 1.5 m/4 ft up to the maximum (for OPEN WATER) of 18 m/59 ft).
The dives take place over 5 days (2 dives a day) and usually require 2 weekends, but the program can be configured according to your needs.
PADI Open water Diver Course 380€ / per person
PADI Open Water Diver Course for families (min 3pax) 320€ / per person