FLUX MOVEMENT SEMINARS
INTRODUCTION TO PARKOUR
Join Darci Anderson for an in-person movement seminar
MARCH 12TH, 2021
FROM 10:30 AM - 2:30 P
A full, 1 Day Seminar on the principles and concepts behind parkour.
A FULL DAY OF INFORMATION AND FUN
Flux Movement Seminar:
INTRODUCTION TO PARKOUR
“The Impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way”
Parkour is rapidly gaining in popularity across North America and grown ups are realizing it is not just for kids!
Join Darci Anderson in this introduction to the Parkour Basics and learn how to incorporate and/or program parkour for yourself or your fitness students, regardless of their physical level.
WHY PARKOUR FOR ADULTS?
By definition, parkour involves multi Joint and multi plane movement that require full body coordination - much like life itself! Parkour is an exhilarating way to incorporate non-linear movements into your student’s everyday exercise program and an opportunity to bring a quality of playfulness into your student’s lives.
Parkour is also an opportunity to honour our ancestral origins as well as the biological complexity of human animals. As a society, we tend to place great emphasis on metrics. How fast can you run? How many pull ups can you do? How much can you squat? And indeed, this focus on metrics has created some truly astonishing athletic achievements. But, too much focus on numbers and outcomes can also trap us and greatly diminish our capacity to explore. To get stuck in a numbers game is to run the risk of narrowing our appetite and zest for anything beyond convention. The physical practice of parkour is an opportunity to embody feelings of curiosity and wonderment - qualities that can enhance our overall wellbeing in life itself.
DEVELOP KINESTHETIC AWARENESS AND BODILY INTUITION
Parkour requires and develops the physical negotiation of one’s environment. To practice such negotiation is to develop our kinesthetic awareness and bodily intuition. There is nothing more empowering than the ability to negotiate your physical landscapes with sure footed confidence - especially when things do not go as planned.
INJURY PREVENTION THROUGH REFLEX DEVELOPMENT
As grown ups get older our reflexes tend to slow down. We typically become more cautious in our everyday negotiation of our physical landscape. We tend to feel less spontaneous in our bodies. Through the incorporation of basic, task based improvisation, we can train ‘“true to life” and learn how to move under conditions not entirely of our own making.
EXPOSURE TO NEW SITUATIONS
In order to increase our neuroplasticity we must expose ourselves to new situations.
Imagine a child that was never exposed to new physical landscapes, new physical challenges? Imagine how stunted their physical development would be. It is the same for adults. It is never too late to develop and strengthen the neural pathways that are critical to longevity. For seniors, such exposure and neural development can be the difference between a broken hip and a care home versus a few minor scrapes and bruises and independent living.
BECOME MORE EXPLOSIVE
It is commonly recognized that parkour athletes are developing the explosive power of olympic level athletes through massive jumps and landings on a myriad of surfaces and objects. Parkour offers an opportunity to not only learn jumping mechanics but to also learn how to jump and land in a more improvised setting.
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WHAT WE'LL COVER
PARKOUR STRENGTH TRAINING
Chin ups and push ups are potent full body movements but why stop there? Start from the ground up and learn how to jump, pull and push yourself up over walls and ledges safely and efficiently. You are not very likely to find a set of rings in your everyday surroundings but walls and ledges are everywhere! We will teach you cat hang pull ups and muscle ups, cat rail walking, laches, and much more. Zero experience in parkour strength training is necessary and we will be sure to start with the basics and troubleshoot common errors.
Learn how to tap into your kinetic potential so that you can safely and efficiently. We will go through various jumping progressions from basic 2 foot jumps to more complex movement patterns.
It is commonplace for adults new to parkour to reminisce about days on the playground monkey bars and how they had forgotten how much fun it was to hang and swing on bars with their friends. It is also commonplace for some adults to remember playgrounds as a site of anxiety. Regardless, through gentle teaching I will provide you with a beginning point, regardless of your client’s current physical abilities. Hanging and swinging is easily one of the best ways to develop strong and resilient shoulders.
HOW TO DEVELOP CREATIVE COMBINATIONS
Once you learn the basic vaults the combinations and configurations are endless. I will guide you through the Flux process on how to create safe but challenging combinations with minimum equipment.
HOW TO DEVELOP PROGRESSIONS FOR ALL LEVELS
As someone who came to parkour later in life I have found that the development of smart and safe progressions are critical to long term success. It isn’t simply a matter of willing away the body’s fear. Exposure to new situations requires gentleness and creative problem solving.
PRECISION LANDINGS/GROUND CONNECTION AND ROLLS
It cannot be emphasized enough how critical it is for humans to develop a relationship to the ground. We will go through various floorwork that Flux has developed through our Ground Connection Methods and teach you how to roll with ease and confidence. IN addition to rolling we will also teach you how to take parkour movements that are typically done from a height to the ground level so that regardless of your physical ability, you can immediately begin to incorporate parkour into your everyday physical practice.
THE ART OF RESOURCEFULNESS
Learn how to develop your ‘parkour vision’ and make do with very little equipment. Parkour requires very little in the way of special equipment and the more you practice parkour the more you realize that ‘making do’ is an artform that North Americans are sadly losing.