Parkour Summer Clinic (Ages 6-13)
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Parkour was born in the banlieus (suburbs) of Paris in the 1980s and is now one of the fastest growing sports. While often recognized in the fantastic images seen on Youtube or television, the sport is actually a form of movement that has roots in a wide variety of physical disciplines including gymnastics, martial arts, climbing, and track & field.
Practitioners, known as traceurs, train to develop strength, speed, endurance, precision, spatial awareness, dynamism, and creativity in order to be as fluid, functional and liberated as possible in a physical movement and to overcome physical obstacles.
The half-day session will be open to all abilities and fitness levels for ages 6-13. This session is designed to introduce beginners to the fundamentals of Parkour, and build a solid foundation for more experienced participants. Each session will include a group warmup, skill and technical sessions focusing on specific techniques, and individual or group challenges designed to incorporate the element covered.
The full-day session is being offered for ages 9-13 and is for older and/or more experienced practitioners that have trained Parkour in the past. These participants are ones who are looking to develop their practice further. Afternoon training will build on elements covered earlier. Participants will also delve further into the history and roots of Parkour, work on challenges that require a higher degree of skill and strength, and will learn more advanced technical elements.
Location Change: Due to construction in the Joshua Eaton Elementary School area, the Parkour Clinic will be held at the Killam Elementary School Gymnasium and outdoor playground.