Last week our Chessington Classes were visited by the local press and now the article has been released in the Surrey Comet. The article focuses on both the youth and adult classes as participation grows in the area. Barnabas Shelbourne who adminsters and assists in coaching the classes provided this great quote:
A new Parkour-based video game is in production and at first look it appears similar to 'Mirror's Edge' but with a comic-book style. 'Cloudbuilt' combines Parkour movements with power moves created by the game's main protagonist - a female war veteran who has bionic attachments.
July's 'Off the Wall' jam will take place at Finsbury Park in North London. We will be meeting at Finsbury Park tube station (main exit to Station Place) at 12 midday on Sunday 29th. From there we will advance upon the park and train like Spartans.
Kush Panchal is a Traceur from India who trained with us in the UK for a few months at the start of the year. His enthusiasm is infectious and he isn't afraid to try new things. He is also a Yoga instructor and has coached all over the world.
This week's Parkour Tips episodes have been released together, both featuring the infamous Yao looking at getting onto and walking along railings to work the balance. A key skill in parkour, and something that should be worked religiously when you are starting out.
On Tuesday 31st July, Dan will be speaking as part of a two week series of lectures and presentations reporting on the cultural life of London during the Olympic Games, an event hosted by the London College of Communications and citizenM. Dan will be talking on alternative urban activities and the potential uses of the city.
Resident photographer Andy 'Kiell' Day has once again been shortlisted in a photography competition, but this time he needs your help! The Printspace competition has a theme of 'shadows' and Andy's photo of Leon's precision jump at Imax in London has wowed the judges.
This year we are happy to have Zico Coconut Water as one of the sponsors for the UK's annual training event, RDV 2012. There will be plenty of free product on hand throughout the day for participants, and a welcome thirst-quencher it will be!
Today see the start of the second week of this year's Morzine Training Camp in the French Alps, with a whole new batch of brave souls facing the challenge that is the hardest and most intensive parkour training experience on the planet.
As is becoming tradition, we will be running our holiday camps at LEAP again this summer. If you are aged between 8 and 18 and want to come and have a go on our Parkour park, just come along to the sessions that will be held on the following days:
Peter McKee is one of the newer members of the Parkour Generations team having spent much of his training in Coatbridge, Scotland. He is fearless, strong has great technique and is a nice guy too. You'll recognise him by the tattoos down his arms!
We're very happy to announce that yet another of the founders of parkour / art du deplacement will be coming to this year's UK annual gathering, Rendezvous 2012 - the youngest of the Yamakasi founders, Williams Belle!
As many of the team head to Gerlev in Denmark for the Streetmovement camp, some of us left behind in the UK will be busy attending the many summer workshops we have lined up. We recently ran workshops at the Westbourne Community Games in London using a small scaffolding set up shown in the picture above.
This week's video comes from Team Sanjuu and it's a long one! 'Where My Fortune Lies' is a relaxed video showing some huge movements in a variety of spots around the world. It has a great atmosphere about it and will inspire you to train and explore.
Parkour photographer and team member Andy 'Kiell' Day has seen one of his works selected for the Royal Photographic Society's International Print Exhibition 2012. His work was chosen from 3000 competing pictures from photographers all over the world and joins 122 other prints on the exhibition's tour which begins at the London offices of Allen and Overy, the main sponsors of the tour, on the 19th July.
The latest episode of our Parkour Tips training series has just hit the web, and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE..
This time it's the one and only Yao giving his tip on how to generate distance with your cat-pass/ kong vault. Take a look, and don't forget to subscribe to the channel to get each new vid as it comes out ;)
Highlighting the contents of their bags and the shoes they are wearing at that moment in time, we have found it to be quite a revealing inside look into what traceurs/traceuses like to carry around with them from day to day.
Spikes+Heels, the fitness website for 'badass women', recently caught up with Team Member Shirley Darlington for a quick interview about training, parkour, life and everything else. You can read the whole feature on their website HERE to find out what goes on in the mind of Ms Darlington...
This week's Debrief focuses on PKG team member Joe Boyle. As well as being a dedicated Traceur, Joe is a qualified Personal Trainer and also knows a thing or two about healing people with his magic hands. His website here is full of great fitness advice, blogs and recipes for those serious about their fitness.
We are very excited to announce the official launch of the official parkour / freerunning coaching qualifications - ADAPT - in the Asia region next month!
Three Level 1 qualification courses will be delivered across the region in August, in the Philippines, Singapore and then Thailand. Course details can be found on the event Facebook Pages below or via the official ADAPT partner for Asia, Fitness Innovations
We've just released the first few episodes of a brand new video series called Parkour Tips! The series is designed to offer exactly that - training tips and hints in bite-sized chunks to help improve your parkour and your training in general, and is now live on our YouTube Channel.
Last week our Asia branch, PKGen Asia, put on a night of displays and entertainments in Bangkok's most prestigious club, the Bed Supperclub, as part of this year's launch of operations in Thailand and South East Asia in general.
Get ready, Rendezvous-ers... because the legend that is Chau Belle, one of the founders of parkour / art du deplacement, will be coaching throughout our August training event in London, and bringing three of his Majestic Force team with him!
Earlier in the year we sent a few of our team to Birmingham University where they underwent a series of tests as part of a study aimed at learning more on energy expenditure in Orangutans. The premise was that Traceurs move in a similar way to the primates and therefore would be able to reveal how energy was conserved or spent moving around the Orangutans rainforest home.
This evening, Tuesday 3rd July, Dan will be giving a presenting and participating in a panel discussion for the London Festival of Architecture's Article 31.1 event focussed around the UN's universal right to play charter, entitled Free To Play.
Continuing with the monthly location change, July's Discovery classes will begin from Finsbury Park tube station on the Victoria and Piccadilly lines. Meet at 8pm on Thursday to join us exploring new spots!
One of our recent Moberly indoor classes was attended by members of the Sport and Recreation Alliance who had decided to give it a go as the first of a series of sports samplers they will be running on their website. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is an organisation representing sport governing bodies across the UK and Parkour UK is one of those bodies.
Starting this Thursday from 6pm for one hour before our academy class at Moberley Sport Center, Queens Park, we are running our first 'Parkour Clinic' session that will enable any practitioner to come along with a training plan to work on specific movements, vaults and exercises that they wish to learn, improve or master.
It's likely that many of you will have already seen our video of the week this week, but if you haven't, watch it now. If you have, watch it again.
'Adventures of the Johnnys' is a long, lighthearted look into the friendship and training of a group of traceurs based in the Netherlands. It captures the spirit of playing and training with your friends and will stay with you for some time. As one YouTube user put it: 'a style of life in a video!'.