Action packed party planned for Cabramatta

SOUTH west Sydney group, Team 9 Lives, will wow crowds at Cabramatta's Lunar New Year festival this weekend.

The group brings together Parkour/free-running, martial arts, dance and other similar art-forms to create a show that demonstrates amazing physical and mental feats.

Ali Kadhim, founder of Team 9 Lives, said their performance at the festival was sure to keep the audience on their toes.

"Our team unites a lot of different forms of movement and styles and our members have a variety of specialties," he said.

"We also love to add some humour into the mix, so it'll hopefully be something new for people to remember and be on the edges of their seats.

"Any great chance for us to spread our message within the community has to be jumped upon.

"We love people and we love sharing our arts with them."

Mr Kadhim said the group was founded in 2004.

"After years of training and hard work we believe we've finally reached a level where we can take on bigger projects and handle much more responsibility," he said.

"When you work hard at something for a while, that thing will grow naturally and people will eventually jump on board to be a part of it.

"We feel very fortunate to have a team of passionate young people who love what they do and who work hard to help others be able to do the same."

He said that a universal love of Parkour not only brought the team together, but also enabled them to share the sport with others.

"Parkour means so much for us, it has been the one thing that has brought us all together and we still practise and teach it regularly inside and outside of class," he said.

"It's a part of our lives and we chose to teach it because we felt it was important to share what we'd learnt, not only physically but also mentally, to those who were interested in learning or becoming better in their lives.

"Our weekly classes [held in Fairfield and Cabramatta] are open to everybody, just visit team9lives.com for info and follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to see what we get up to every single week."

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