Is Parkour safe?
In short, yes, Parkour is totally safe. Like any sport (and really, anything in life), if abused and treated without respect, there are some dangers. We recommend that all our clients take classes, especially at the beginning of their training (we even offer a special Intro Pack for that purpose as this will teach some safety techniques and provide the proper supervision to be able to move forwards in the sport responsibly.
I think I might be too: old/out of shape/nervous/shy/hesitant etc.
Parkour is a discipline that covers an exceedingly diverse set of skills. The flips and tricks you see on youtube are a part of it, but there is far more to learn. Your age, fitness level, or confidence aren’t reasons to avoid Parkour, as there is always something for you to work on and better yourself. Walking down the stairs is a part of Parkour, so if you managed to make it out of your house and into our Space then pat yourself on the back; you can already do Parkour!
My child is an exceptional skier/gymnast/martial artist/basketball player, etc. Can they start at a higher level?
Although previous acrobatic or athletic skills are a huge benefit to a student, everyone has to start at square one. There are nuances to Parkour skills that will likely not be taught in other disciplines. It’s likely that the student will progress faster than normal, but we need to make sure that the mechanics of the movements are solid before progressing on. We offer a variety of private tutoring, and one on one work, if you feel like you’re not being challenged enough in the classes.
Why are your classes set at 15 participants?
After years of experience with various programs, we have found that a class of 15 participants is ideal for both instructor to student time, as well as class management and safety.
My kid would be the 16th participant in the class, surely you can make an exception this once?
As much as we want to make every person happy in every situation, we also take safety incredibly seriously. Not only would allowing extra participants into a class bring down the quality for those that had per-registered, but it would also set a dangerous precedent for future programs.
I experienced a class of 15 participants that seemed too full and out of control. Is there a chance that 15 participants are too many?
Class management comes down to many factors, including the experience of the coach, the attitude of the participants, and even the activities being done that day. With that in mind, our experience is that, for general class programming, 15 is ideal in ALMOST all cases. If you experienced a class that was not to your satisfaction, or witnessed something unsafe, please bring it to our attention directly, and we will work closely with our trainer to ensure the issue is rectified and bring the class up to our minimum experience standard.