We have Kids Parkour classes 5 days a week, Monday through Thursday and Saturday. They are one hour long, including a short warm-up and cool down to keep the body safe, and we split students into groups by skill level to ensure each individual is getting the type of training and challenges appropriate for them.
A student aged 9 may attend either or both classes, and a student aged 12 may attend either or both the 9-12 Kids Parkour and Teens Parkour classes.
A student aged 10-12 years may attend the younger class only if they are doing so with a sibling aged 6-8, and only with prior staff approval. Otherwise, the age ranges are strict.
In every Kids Parkour class, students will warm up together to ready their bodies and minds, then be split into groups with coaches to make sure they get the appropriate amount of challenge, time, and attention.
To help with this, we have a Level System. Every student will begin in the Level 1 group – regardless of their current athleticism, experience in other sports, or even their own parkour training elsewhere. Level 1 is their opportunity to discover our way of movement and play, and our opportunity to to find out what the child is really looking for in their experience here.
Once a student has decided they’d like to take a more serious approach to their training, they may take the Level 1 Skills test. This will assert they have an appropriate amount of strength, conditioning, and fundamental techniques learned in Level 1 that will help keep them safe while training in the Level 2 group.
Level Tests may currently be taken during any Open Gym, whenever a coach is available to administer it. There is no extra charge for the test nor the wristband, only the Open Gym fee.
Requiring no prior experience, this class will focus on developing a love of movement and fitness through fun obstacle courses and other movement challenges. Students will learn fundamental movement techniques to build athleticism and maintain their own safety. The classes will be different every day based on our always changing theme of the week and our movable gym equipment.
These classes will begin to move past the basics of parkour and focus on developing speed, power, and coordination with specific attention to body placement and technique. In addition, these classes will utilize our hard obstacles and will begin to more regularly include training at height. The focus of these classes will be to refine parkour movement skills and to begin to apply them in combination. Prerequisite: Passing of the Level 1 Skills Test.
In these classes, the demands of training and our expectations for students will be much higher. These classes are for those students truly passionate about parkour and looking to develop a high level of skill. At this level students will be taught movements such as double kongs, rail precisions at some height, and to be ready to train complex parkour movements in combination. Prerequisite: Passing of the Level 2 Skills Test.
Freerunning is parkour’s acrobatic cousin – all about adding flips, tricks, and flare to your movement. In this class, we will begin to introduce acrobatics such as palm spins, cartwheels, front flips, and more.
As a start to ensuring the safety of our students, we only allow those having passed a Level 1 Skills Test (teal band, allowing ages 6-12 to be in Level 2 groups) to take our Flips & Tricks Class. Teens aged 13-17 may have taken either the Youth or Adult Level 1 Skills Test to qualify.