By Joe McFarlane
With the sudden and mysterious disappearance of his father, an Iranian daredevil channelled his misery into becoming a fearless parkour master.
By soaring over rooftops 16 floors up, backflipping between buildings and changing clothes while hanging off the side of massive structures, you would think Alireza Japalaghy, 27, was born fearless.
Self-proclaimed coward Alireza didn’t have the best upbringing in Tehran, Iran, as Alireza was bullied and picked on in school and by other kids in his neighbourhood.
Alireza started freerunning when his father – an ex policeman – went missing during his retirement and never came home.
Alireza said: “What better way for me to get rid of all my emotions than by channelling them through my career, doing all of this parkour?
“Free-running stunts and doing things that no one can even dream of lets me channel all of my misery.
“We started a file in court. The search and inspections began but nobody could tell us what happened to him even a minute after he was gone. He has faded from existence.
“You can’t even imagine the aftermath and mental pressure me and my family went through due to my father’s disappearance.”