FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


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. 


What should I wear?

We have tried to have our space match a realistic example of the outside world, while still maintaining a safe learning process. As such, much of our equipment is made of wood or metal.  Participants can be either barefoot, or wearing clean indoor shoes. Shoes are recommended for higher levels, but barefoot is totally fine for levels 1-3. Athletic clothing is required, or anything that you can move freely in. Jeans are not the best choice. Loose jewelry should be removed before entering the gym. Learn more about some of the top Parkour shoes here. You do not need fancy shoes but these have been proven to be the most effective long term. 


I like the idea of Parkour, but I don't know where to start.

The best place to start would be our Intro Pack. This is a great option for people who are curious about Parkour, but not ready for a long-term commitment. Your Parkour Journey may seem like a long process, but we've done our best to help you along the way. 


Do you offer group rates and packages?

We sure do! Contact julia@breathepk.com for information on our group rates, and feel free to give us a call when you're ready to look at availability! 


How does grading work?

The gym runs a grading day once a month on the second Friday of that month.  There are 20 spots available and a 5 person waiting list.  The grading day itself will last for 2 hours and it usually takes 10-15 min for each individual to grade. It is a preregistered event, though is first come first graded on the day of.  The first person to sign in (after pre-registering) on the day will be the first person graded.  The student will be asked to demonstrate skills chosen by the instructor from their level.  Multiple attempts of each skill are necessary, and the grade will be given on an overall viewing of the skill.  Students will also have access to one demonstration of one skill per level, performed by the grading instructor.  Although possible to grade multiple levels on your first time grading (ie: level 1) it is very rare and requires a nearly perfect grading card. Click here if you’d like to see more information about the skills in our curriculum. 


What are the levels for?

We use a level system similar to a martial arts belt; swapping the belt for a wrist band.  Different colours denote different levels.  Each level has a “theme” of skills that you will focus on while in that level.  It usually takes around 10+ classes to have sufficient skill to pass level 1.  Each subsequent level has an increased amount of recommended time before a student’s skill and knowledge is ready to progress on. Click here if you’d like to see more information about the skills in our curriculum. 


What is a Fear Activity?

The Fear Activity can vary based on age and comfort level, but a common example is the "Drop of Doom." After learning a technique called a "back fall" into the foam pit, the participants then head up to our 4' platform and perform the technique blindfolded off the drop. This is totally safe, but it can give your heart a bit of a jump. If you’d like more information on our birthday packages, you can check them out here.


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. 


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#131 - 10550 42 Street SE
Calgary AB

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