There are many hobbies out there and although many of them have some great benefits to the individual such as team building skills and hand eye coordination none have such a diverse list of benefits with a strong carry-over to real life than Parkour.
Parkour Ukemi is best explained as the art of knowing how to land or fall and recover correctly with minimal impact. This can be directly associated with Parkour, as we exclusively focus on training minimal impact and maximum control throughout our movements or else we wouldn't last very long at all.
First things first, to be able to train a spot you will need some form of obstacles to be able to move over/around. Even if just an arrangement of curbs, a practitioner can develop some fun and interesting challenges, but with purely flat ground a Parkour person or Freerunner may find themselves working on different styles of movement i.e. tricking.
Parkour parks are public areas designed for the training of Parkour by everyone, therefore the first thing to note might be that you will be sharing this spot with others. This is a lot easier if you break the ice and talk to them at least to negotiate which direction/area you want to move in to save any unwanted accidents.
There is a lot to offer in the way of sporting footwear and many brands built on running shoes make for great Freerunning shoes with some brand's actually having specific Parkour shoes designed for the activity in question. Some big Parkour brands such as Storror, Jiyo, Ollo, Know Obstacles and Tempest have designed and branded shoes of their own, for the community from the community.
When approaching training outside for the first time students can be worried about the possibility of injury or something going wrong. Rightfully so, considering they are surrounded by hard surfaces and substantial heights it is perfectly reasonable that they approach with caution and attention to their movement and the environment around them.
Parkour is now recognised as an official sport, what does this mean?
How we train is very physically demanding and to cope with that we can make sure our bodies are in prime condition between training sessions.
Parkour being the martial art of evading or escaping danger calls upon some of the ground foundation of Judo and other such disciplines to hone the body and mind to react rather than over think.
Kicking off the summer term LSP will be offering regular Parkour classes in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
Spots to train all day. And where to find them!
Your child has show an interest in Parkour; let's clear up a few things to set your mind at ease.
Great tips from Urban Freeflow; a massive online Parkour community set-up as a great resource for practitioners to discuss and learn from one another.
The discipline/sport known to the world as Parkour was first practised in France in the 1980s by a group called the Yamakasi, which consisted of nine members including David Belle and Sebastien Foucan.