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.
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.
The Orlias gorge is located in Dion Pieria, on the northern northeastern slopes of Olympus and is divided into three parts.
We leave the cars in the small chapel of Saints Constantine and Helen located at the 4th km of the forest road Dion – Koromilia. This is the starting point of the trail that leads up to the shelter Koromilia. We can leave the trail in several points and admire the beautiful waterfalls from far away.
Section I with gorge downhill duration 5.30 – 6.00 hours is considered of moderate difficulty level and is open to participants aged 15 and over.
Crossing the trail and after hiking for 1 hour and 35 minutes alongside the stream bank through impressive vegetation, we reach the entrance of the gorge at an altitude of 770m.
In this section we find six gorgeous rappels into the vathres (small lakes) with crystal clear waters, from 7m to 28m in a landscape of unparalleled beauty!
We enter the trail again at an altitude of 550m (Altitude difference 220m) and after 40 minutes hiking we are back in our cars.
The best time to visit is from May to October.
Period of operation: Year round * except river trekking in Neda (day 4 available from June to September).
Duration: 7 days (6 nights).
Activities: Rafting, Sea Kayak, River Trekking, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Flying Fox, Archery.
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 4.
Minimum age: 8 y/o *except river trekking in Neda, minimum age 12 y/o.
Price: You could choose activities you prefer from this package. Send us your request and let us know which activity you want to do and how many days so as to set the price
Peloponnese is among the top mainland destinations in Greece for those who want to follow an off-the-beaten-path activities tour. Vast gorges, crystal clear rivers, sandy beaches, azure waters, excellent dive sites and rugged mountains as well as Venetian fortresses, classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine churches and historical legends.
Our journey consists of some of the best activity and historical sites in Arkadia (Central Peloponnese) and Messinia regions (South Peloponnese), starting from Ancient Gortys.
Pick up from Athens or Kalamata airport to Dimitsana.
Dimitsana is one of the most beautiful mountainous villages in Arkadia. Built on a mountain slope of 950m high, Dimitsana is a stone built village with remarkable traditional houses and rich history. We get settled in the hotel and have the rest of the day off to get to know each other, go sightseeing, eat great food and prepare for the next day.
Hiking Tour– Flying Fox – Archery: 4 hours
Our destination is Ancient Gortys. We arrive with our mini bus to the New Philosopher’s Monastery, where the hiking begins. We visit the old monastery of Philosophos which was built in 1661 on the west side of Loussios gorge and is widely known as a“Secret School”. We then continue our hike until the famous Prodromos Monastery. The view over the Loussios gorge is unique.
We end our hike in ancient Gortys where we see the remains of the Temple of Asclepius and the ancient road that Spartan athletes used to follow so as to reach ancient Olympia for the Olympic Games.
After enjoying a delicious snack, we continue with archery and flying fox over the Loussios river.
River Rafting in Loussios and Alfios rivers : 3 hours
The perfect way to discover the river where the nymphs used to bathe Zeus and explore its dense vegetation and crystal clear waters is rafting. Our experienced guides will take you through both Loussios and Alfios Rivers and initiate you in the secrets of rafting while you’ll be enjoying this amazing paradise on earth!
The river run is suitable for all skill levels and lasts for 2 hours. At the end of the activity, we enjoy a full Greek lunch by the river with wine, fresh salad and a special main dish cooked and served by our friends in the rafting base.
River Trekking in Neda (summer season only from June to September): 4 hours (from Arcadia to Messinia, Temple of Apollon)
Neda river lies on the borders of the Ilia and Messinia region and is the only river in Greece with a feminine name. Driving from the Arcadia region to the Messinia region before we reach Neda river we make a stop at the stunning Temple of Apollo Epicurius or the Parthenon of Peloponnese.
Arriving at the spot where our river trek starts, the breathtaking scenery will definitely amaze you. As we trek through the river gorge, we pass through narrow cliff openings no more than 1.5m wide at some points where we have to swim crossing stone bridges and underwater caves until we reach the spectacular Neda waterfalls.
Sea Kayaking – Hiking Kardamili in Mani Messinia: 5-6 hours with breaks
Once we arrive at our activity base, we get our kayaks and begin to enjoy an excursion at the foot of mount Taygetos where each little cove hides a special surprise. Hidden caves, cliffs with spectacular formations and unique beaches such as the well hidden beach of Foneas with the white pebbles or the beach of Kalogria with fine golden sand and turquoise waters.
The beach of Kalogria is also known as the beach of Zorbas, as this was the place where writer Nikos Kazantzakis met his hero of his book, Zorba the Greek. Halfway we make a stop for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic with local traditional delicacies.
Our tour starts from the fortified tower houses of old Kardamili as we follow the path that once was part of the ancient so called ‘’royal road’’, connecting Kardamili with Sparta. Along the way, we walk through the narrow streets of traditional villages as we learn about their history.
A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us an additional supply of energy. A burst of colors and fragrances of flowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. We walk through an easy route, sometimes a stone built path and sometimes a shady pathway, immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees.
Scuba Diving Kardamili in Mani Messinia. DSD Course for beginners or an Exciting Dive for Certified divers: 3 hours
What a great way to Discover Scuba Diving (also called DSD ). This is an application of recreational diving in which an un-certified diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. Arriving at Kalogria beach we set foot on the diving center where we prepare ourselves for a dive.
The dive site has an amazing sandy bottom with crystal clear visibility and offers many surprises to explore such as grass lands, caverns and rocky reefs. The area is also characterized by fresh water springs which emerge from underground caverns into the sea-floor.
If you are a certified diver, we can schedule an exciting dive from the shore or boat.
Messinia to Athens Airport or Kalamata Airport
What is Included in the price:
- Car transportation – fuel- tolls.
- Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights*.
- Certified guide throughout the 7 day activities.
- All the necessary equipment.
- Photos from the activities.
- Liability Insurance.
*We can also arrange for you to stay in 4-5 star hotels. In this case, price varies depending on the season and the hotel.
What to bring with you:
- Comfortable clothes.
- Swim suites (at least 2 pairs).
- Sun glasses / sun screen / hat.
Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes.
The schedule of the tour, may change in case of bad weather conditions.
Meet your Guide:
- Padi Scuba Diving Instructor.
- Rafting Guide.
- River Trekking / Hiking Guide.
- Sea Kayak guide.
Antonis is into action sports since a very young age. Despite living in the city, he has never been a city boy. He studied Electrical Engineering; however, his real passion is nature and outdoor activities. Everything started when he first got his feet on a snowboard. From that moment on, he couldn’t wait for the weekend to come and leave the city.
Traveling is also a big passion for Antonis. While travelling in South East Asia, he got interested in scuba diving and guess what! He is a PADI scuba instructor now. The element of water is everywhere in his life. Since 2005 he is a Rafting, River Trekking, Hiking guide but even that, it was not enough!
Sea Kayaking was coming his way, so he did that too and now he is a 3 star BCU (British Canoeing Union) paddler. But that’s not all. He has tried everything from surfing to sailing, windsurfing to climbing and even babysitting !!!
- Positive energy.
- Good looks.
- He gets really really, REALLY enthusiastic once in the outdoors.
More facts: Studied Electrical Engineering in Greece and took his Masters degree in London U.K. Works as an engineer since 2002. During the winter season, he goes snowboarding and at least once a year he travels somewhere far away from home.
What else… his friends call him little Antony because they say he will never grow up. Want to meet him? E-mail us for more info on the amazing South Peloponnese Adventure Tour!