Zen Shimada

Zen Shimada, born on May 13, 1993, is a renowned freerunner. He is widely known as Japan’s first professional parkour athlete. Zen has competed for Team Farang, the group of top parkour athletes from across the globe. He is also the first Asian to win a U.S. championship in this space. In addition to being a pioneer in the parkour industry of Japan and creating his footprint in the world, Zen is also a creator on the side. He has made his acting debut, partnered with clothing brands, and actively creates content for Youtube. Let’s celebrate this parkour prince’s birthday together.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Zen Shimada

Nickname:

Zen

Birth date:

May 13, 1993

Age:

29

Zodiac Sign:

Taurus

Height:

5' 8"

Relationship Status:

Single

Net Worth:

$1.7 million

Zen's Social Media:

Background

Zen Shimada was born on May 13, 1993, in Tokyo, Japan. He is popularly known by his stage name, Zen. He was always fond of sports and tried a variety of them before settling on parkour. Zen began parkour at age 15 and moved to the United States the following year on his own. He competed in the international parkour competition “RedBull Art of Motion Yokohama” at the age of 18, which was hosted for the first time in Japan, and received widespread international praise for his remarkable performance.

He got a deal with L.D.H. at the age of 19 and became Japan’s first professional parkour athlete. In 2015, he became the first Asian to win the U.S. title and the first Japanese to do so in the parkour discipline. The following year, Zen joined the worldwide parkour team, Team Farang, which is made up of world-class parkour athletes from all around the world and leads the global parkour community. In the same year, he made his acting debut in the HiGH&LOW franchise and also launched his first photo essay, “FLY.”

Zen also once broke the Guinness World Record for “longest distance swung between two bars (parkour).” Zen challenged 11.5 feet compared to 10.4 feet, which was established in Hampshire, England. To continue his athletic endeavors and establish his own parkour art project, Zen relocated to Los Angeles, California.

Zen continues to make strides in the parkour world and establish a name for himself in the industry. Currently, he works as an international parkour athlete and participates in a variety of events aimed at promoting parkour culture. He also tries to express himself as an artist by using movies, photography, and design.

Career timeline

2015
Zen Wins the U.S. Championship

He becomes the first Asian to win the U.S. Tournament North American Parkour Championship.

2016
He Breaks a World Record

He breaks the existing Guinness World Record for the longest distance swung between two bars (parkour).

2019
He Reaches the ‘Top 100’ List

Zen is named one of the ‘100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World.’

2020
He Takes on Fashion

He becomes the first parkour athlete ambassador for Gucci House of Friends.

Why We Love Zen Shimada

  1. Zen put Japan on the freerunning map

    He is the first parkour athlete to be renowned on a global level. Through competitions, videos, modeling, acting, and other endeavors, he has put Japan on the freerunning map.

  2. He is dedicated to his craft

    He is so connected to freerunning that even when he is doing other things, such as acting or modeling, he gets inspired to try new parkour moves. This kind of dedication is why he excels in everything he does.

  3. He wants to create a positive impact

    Whether it is teaching parkour or enabling more Japanese people to explore the world of possibilities, he wants to help others. The same is indicated by his favorite Japanese words, ‘Ichinichi Ichizen,’ which means ‘do one good thing a day.’

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He did parkour before knowing the word

    Without knowing English and the word ‘parkour,’ he learned the tricks of the sport.

  2. He discovered parkour through a video

    Zen’s friend showed him a parkour video one day and he never looked back.

  3. He knew where he belonged

    He didn’t want to leave after his first trip to L.A. and ended up couch surfing with freerunners until his visa ran out.

  4. He was homeschooled

    He switched to homeschooling when he realized that it allowed him to travel more for work.

  5. He likes horse meat

    His favorite post-training meal is horse meat with rice or horse meat sushi.

Zen Shimada FAQs

How old is Zen?

As of 2022, he is 29 years old.

What is his zodiac sign?

His sun sign is Taurus.

What are his favorite places in the world?

His favorite places are L.A. and Bangkok.

Zen Shimada’s birthday dates

YearDateDay
2023May 13Saturday
2024May 13Monday
2025May 13Tuesday
2026May 13Wednesday
2027May 13Thursday

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