Meet Robert, a parkour athlete (also known as a tracuer) who defies the typical persona of a someone training in such a discipline. Most sensible adults would agree that jumping off buildings, swinging over bottomless gaps, and hurling your body through the air are all excellent ways to end up in an emergency room. While sometimes the extreme end of parkour can be at that level daredevil type stunts, the main focus for most level headed people is to achieve a greater understanding of ones own limits while enjoying some physical activity that is fun and challenging to the mind and body.
So what is parkour?
While the exact definition of the word parkour has changed and molded around its community in the last couple decades, there are some founding principles that have stayed fairly consistent. Parkour is about moving from point "A" to point "B" while negotiating obstacles in an environment. Generally the goal is to move as quick and effectively through said obstacles however for many parkour developed into an expressive movement art. This expressive side of parkour was given the term "Freerunning" when the discipline came over to the Americas back around 20 years ago in the late 90's.
How does someone just start doing parkour?
Many adults who end up taking classes here at Scottsdale Parkour Freerunning already have a child in our programs. This is actually how Robert came to classes as he explains.
“I started in parkour when I picked my son up from parkour. I saw after his class that there was an adult class that had started. It sparked my interest and I started the next week. “
While most parkour gyms are occupied primarily by youth, many of them do offer adult classes and open gyms along side the youngsters. Many of our families that train with us at Scottsdale Parkour Freerunning also use parkour as family bonding time when outside of the gym. Training parkour becomes a fun and easy way for the entire family to stay active while exploring creative movement to keep the mind and body feeling young.
Here at Scottsdale Parkour and Freerunning we encourage students to challenge themselves but to do so in a way that promotes safe training along with longevity of the fragile joints and tendons holding a body together. By using progressions to learn new skills, students are able to try smaller less complicated variations of skills before attempting the full thing. while parkour can be done anywhere by anyone there are some great benefits to learning in a dedicated gym. We have made specific equipment for teaching that allows us to alter our obstacles to suite the students. This greatly speeds up the learning process and lets even beginners build confidence negotiating obstacles.