Colin Pistell: Owner/Head Coach
AKA: "The strong one."
Colin grew up playing in the woods and streams of New England; climbing trees, catching minnows, and making wooden swords out of every scrap of lumber he could find.
A lifelong athlete, Colin’s first coaching experience was as a martial arts instructor in Los Angeles. He worked with hundreds of people, from children to elite marines. Colin found coaching to be extremely rewarding and continued to make time for it, even after he began a career in interactive media.
After several years of corporate success working for Disney and Sony Pictures, Colin decided to return to school to pursue an MBA with a focus on sustainability. He moved to Chapel Hill in the summer of 2008. Here, among North Carolina’s numerous forests and parks, Colin studied Parkour and began formulating his theories on the interconnectedness of play, fitness, public health, and environmental health/sustainability.
On the rare moments he isn't climbing something, Colin enjoys thinking about the Cosmos, listening to Daft Punk, playing board games, and going to the library.
Colin is a NSCA certified trainer, a certified Functional Movement Specialist, a MovNat Certified Trainer, and holds a Crossfit level 1 certification. He is American Red Cross certified in CPR and First Aid for both adults and children. He has over 10 years of coaching experience working with groups and individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Sean Rogers: Coach
AKA: "The graceful one"
Sean isn't a native of anywhere. He spent most of his early childhood growing up at a small settlement in Israel where he played baseball and soccer. In 2001 he moved with his family to Chapel Hill and has (mostly) remained in the area since. By the time he began high school Sean had lost interest in competitive sports. He didn't find anything to replace them until stumbling onto the martial art of Ninjutsu in 2005. Being a ninja was cool on its own, but Ninjutsu also kindled Sean's interest in movement. In 2009 that interest was catapulted ahead by his discovery of Parkour, so much so that he switched majors to Exercise & Sport Science to understand more about human movement and motor learning.
Sean met Colin in late 2009 and they have been training together ever since. Sean graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science. He is a MovNat Certified Trainer and is certified in First Aid & CPR by the American Red Cross.
Sean is the owner of Prime8 Movement, a digital business providing movement education and coaching for everyone who wants the freedom to write their own story. Since creating it in late 2012 he has created an online video course and e-book covering the foundational skills of Parkour. You can find his writings on http://seanprogers.com. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing you'll find him dancing, playing on everything, volunteering on farms, or making enormous quantities of food. He's also totally envious of squirrels.
Kit FitzSimons: Coach
AKA: "The bendy one"
Kit has been living in Chapel Hill-Carrboro since 1995. An Eagle Scout through Boy Scout Troop 39 of Chapel Hill (2000), he's well-versed in leadership, communication, first aid, and outdoor survival and traversal skills. Kit attended college at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a Creative Writing minor.
Kit performs and coaches improv comedy every week at the DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, and is a motion-capture actor for Epic Games in Cary (Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War 2, 3, & Judgment, and Fortnite). He spends his days as the Digital Content Manager for Chapelboro.com, where he tries every day not to let sitting at a computer for 8 hours completely destroy his posture.
In the summer of 2011, Kit started as a Fifth Ape student after seeing an article in the paper about classes, and he has been an avid devotee ever since. He'd be happy to tell you all the ways learning parkour will make you a better improviser and vice versa. He also regularly carries more of Colin's business cards than Colin does.
Eric DiMarzio: Coach
AKA: "The natural"
Eric is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Salisbury. In High School, he became a notable member of his high school's cross country and track teams. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Eric pursued skills in wilderness survival, watercraft, and climbing. After receiving the rank of Eagle scout, Eric became an instructor and leader within the Boy Scouts; he taught classes in climbing, rappelling, low and high ropes courses, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, fire building and shelter building.
Eric is a qualified professional rescuer, certified in performing CPR and Wilderness First Aid by the Red Cross. He has also been certified by the Boy Scouts of America as a lifeguard and aquatics instructor, and has been trained in Youth Protection.
Eric attended college at UNC Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. During his free time, Eric began training in parkour, gymnastics, barefoot running, and the natural method. He has been with Fifth Ape since its conception. Eric is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at UNC. Upon graduation he plans to pursue a career music education.