YOUTH PARKOUR

Our goal as parkour coaches is to help our students regardless of skill level or age become more coordinated and comfortable moving about in their environment; we do this through progressive movement sequences which include but are not limited to running, jumping, vaulting, and climbing. Throughout this process our students will learn to be able to identify paths of least resistance in any type of situation. Collectively as coaches we have over 15 years of experience with local parkour practitioners and are continuously active pillars in the community.

The Smash Gyms Parkour Program can and WILL help your child increase their confidence, self-esteem, discipline, while teaching them life skills that will last them a lifetime! Smash Gyms is offering a Parkour class for kids ages 5 to 11. It's a great class for general coordination and teaches the kids how to be real life ninjas! Parkour is aimed at improving the body’s strength and flexibility and coordination. Skills taught in class, like jumping from high areas and falling correctly, can possibly save their lives one day. Other skills kids can learn from parkour are how to roll and how to properly balance. It’s a fun and healthy sport, but it’s important to practice parkour safely and Smash Gyms offers your child the ability to do so.

 

Parkour is a sport all about movement and interacting with the environment. No equipment is needed as it’s all about the mind and body. Parkour, also known as free running, is essentially a mix of jogging and gymnastics. The idea behind it is to link moves over and around obstacles into one fluid run. This requires strength, flexibility, and discipline. It also takes creativity. Your child will learn the skills necessary to parkour while having fun and staying healthy from the exercise.

Parkour Fun Facts: Parkour comes from the French term parcour, which means obstacle course. A person who practices parkour is called a traceur, a French term with the literal meaning “tracing a path.” Parkour is NOT an extreme sport. Nike and Adidas make special running shoes for parkour. Its founder, physical education expert/officer in the French navy George Hebert, thought the body should be refined to the point where it could move swiftly and fluidly. His new method of training became standard in the French army. It became increasingly popular in the 1980s in France when the Yamakasi(a group of French practitioners) brought it into the public eye. It wasn’t until the early 2000s, though, that it made its way to the United States.

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