- What is Parkour?
- What will I learn in a class?
- Who can attend a class?
- Who will be teaching me in a class?
- When will you be teaching us how to do flips and tricks?
- I’m really sore after class, is this normal?
- How do I treat this post-exercise muscle soreness?
- What can I do if I don’t have a city to do Parkour in?
- When do I get to do rooftops and big stuff?
- Should I train outside of classes?
- I’m very unfit and/or old should I start Parkour or come to a class?
What is Parkour?
Parkour is a non-competitive discipline originating in France, encompassing a set of principles combined with a way of moving within your environment and overcoming obstacles of any kind, be they physical or mental.
The physical aspect of Parkour involves practical movement techniques guided by the notions of escape and reach. For example, Parkour teaches you ways to move that can be used to gain ground on a pursuer during an escape.
Parkour methods involve running, crawling, jumping, climbing, and other methods of catching yourself, grabbing and hanging, rolling and balancing, applied to all environments both urban and natural. The Parkour practitioner aims to become highly proficient in all the above methods so they can be used in an emergency situation.
A Parkour practitioner is defined not by the way they move, but rather the application of movement with regards to the philosophy and purpose of parkour.
More detailed information can be obtained from the Parkourpedia.
What will I learn in a class?
It depends on the Parkour organisation you choose! In general though, most organisations build a strong base of technique and control from vaulting, jumping, running, crawling and climbing in order to get you ready for height, distance, linking movements and wildly different environments.
Who can attend a class?
Parkour is a discipline for all ages and body types, If you’re capable of listening to your body you’re ready for Parkour!
Please check with your chosen organisation for age limits!
Who will be teaching me in a class?
There are a huge number of Parkour instructors located across NSW, if you’ve found them here then you don’t need to worry, they really know their stuff and know how to keep you progressing swiftly and safely!
When will you be teaching us how to do flips and tricks?
Flips and tricks are not part of Parkour. For this reason, they are not covered under our insurance policy and they will not be taught in classes. Secondly, while many instructors are capable of acrobatics, few are qualified to teach them. If you wish to learn about L’art du Deplacement or Freerunning read this in the Parkourpedia.
Should you wish to learn these other arts your most effective way to achieve this goal is to learn Parkour initially, your grounding in Parkour will give you the right spirit and training techniques for your further training. From there you can go to a gym and learn flips in a safe environment from people who best know how to teach them. You can then combine the two out on the street.
I’m really sore after Class, is this normal?
It is perfectly normal to be experience muscular pain after classes. The pain is caused by sudden changes in physical activity and muscular loading and usually lasts for 3-7 days. As your body adapts to the training and becomes stronger and your conditioning increases, you will feel less and less discomfort after classes. This muscle soreness can be reduced with a thorough warm up and warm down before and after activity.
Remember, this pain signals that your body is adapting and getting stronger.
How do I treat this post-activity muscle soreness?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness generally subsides in less than a week (and up to two weeks), but there are several ways to reduce the discomfort:
- RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) of the affected area.
- Gentle stretching, gentle low-impact exercise, and gentle massage.
- Some anti-inflammatory medications can temporarily reduce discomfort.
If pain does not show signs of improvement in 7 days, consult a physician.
When do I get to do big stuff?
Parkour New South Wales discourages dangerous drops. The classes will not take students to do big rooftop jumps, or other dangerous activities. The classes are about teaching you the basics, not putting lives at risk. Parkour NSW does not endorse dangerous behaviour.
What can I do if I don’t have a city to do Parkour in.
Parkour can be done almost anywhere that you can find obstacles. It is a common misconception that Parkour is only practiced in the city, the first traceur’s trained extensively in the forests of France as they developed Parkour. It can be done in all terrains and environments that you find objects that impeded your ability to move from one place to another. Australia has many excellent places to train in a natural environment.
I’m very unfit and/or old. Should I start Parkour or come to a class?
Yes you should. We have had people in their fifties and older who attend classes and enjoy themselves, and excel in some areas. Also unfit people attend as well. Initially you may find some difficulty with being unfit but if you persist and take what you learn and train outside of classes you will become fitter and more confident. The best way to get fit for Parkour is to do it!