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Hypocrites

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Hypocrites

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We run a Parkour coaching organisation yet we don’t run any outdoor Parkour sessions (‽)

That just isn’t right.

It’s actually a bit of a disservice to the people who come to our classes because we’re not exposing them to a massive aspect of Parkour or allowing them to become well-rounded practitioners. All of our coaches pretty much began practising parkour outdoors, in the streets, and we learnt a hell of a lot from the experience! We shouldn’t be depriving people of this. Training indoors is fantastic and we all wished we had indoor places to train at when we began, but both of these training environments should complement and supplement one another.

Now, maybe we’re being too hard on ourselves… We’ve created some absolutely incredible and capable practitioners over the years. Practitioners who can move safely and effectively in all sorts of environments. Many of our participants take what they’ve learned outside and continue to become integrated with the local parkour community and wider parkour communities. We’ve also been really busy building Dorset’s first indoor Parkour facility and really focusing on making it the best it can be and helping it to flourish. Yes, the ‘Parkour area’ of The Parkour Project is practically the same as outside, but the fact is, it’s not outside! For those of us who began Parkour outdoors and trained for years only outside, The Parkour Project is absolutely no different to the external environment, but that is because we’re confident with moving outdoors anyway! We find we have people who are super confident inside The Parkour Project, doing amazingly skilled things and display really competent and confident movement, but who haven’t had the opportunity to translate that to actually being outside. Often, when they do, they realise it’s a whole new ballgame.

Despite it being so similar, it is not the same.

 

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Despite being a fairly large coaching organisation, Parkour-wise, we’ve also struggled with our workforce; getting enough Parkour UK-qualified Level 2 Coaches has been an expensive and challenging obstacle, but one we’ve overcome with hard work and tenacity from all. We’re super happy (and proud) to say that we now have eight Level 2 coaches on the Train Hard Team, which has allowed us to think more realistically about expansion and increasing the number of sessions we can offer.

Still, with all of the above, it simply isn’t good enough that we don’t offer outdoor classes, and from the end of 2016, we knew that our focus and goal for 2017 would be to have fully-coached, outdoor parkour classes available in each location that we currently run indoor classes: Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, and Weymouth.

Why do we want people to be training outside?

Because it is so good for them! Outside is where Parkour began. The external environment offers up endless challenges and opportunities. It is also where many of the people we teach are doing it anyway, so we feel that we have a duty to help guide these new practitioners to ensure that Parkour is propagated through the generations in a healthy, respectful, and positive way.

What’s also very different about the external environment is that it is public. This is a massive thing. We want to expose participants to what happens when you train outside; you are approached by the general public, police, sometimes shouted at, sometimes mocked, other times, complimented! But we want to teach how to deal with this in a polite, respectful, and proper manner. This is something that can only be done outside.

Safety:

Our indoor classes have specialised equipment that has been risk-assessed, checked by the coaches, etc. etc. That’s great, but are we lulling these practitioners into a false sense of security? Maybe we are. We want to teach people how to dynamically risk-assess any given area they may want to train in, alert people to the appropriateness of training in certain areas, and allow them to form a vocabulary of different surfaces and differing conditions. This is invaluable to their development as safe and competent Parkour practitioners.

So, with all that said, beginning in April we will be starting NINE outdoor classes across our various locations:

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Dorchester:

Age: 6-9
Coach: Leon Rimmer
Day: Monday
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Age: 10-14
Coach: Leon Rimmer
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Age: 14-17
Coach: Danny Pierce
Day: Monday
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Age: 18+ (Adult)
Coach: Danny Pierce
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Bournemouth:

Age: 10-14
Coach: Fin Cruse-Drew
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Age: 18+ (Adult)
Coach: Scott Jackson
Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Poole:

Age: 6-9
Coach: Ellis Keates
Day: Tuesday
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Age: 14-17
Coach: Ellis Keates
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Age: 10-14
Coach: Ellis Keates
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

If you’d like to chat to us about these sessions, please send us an email: info@train-hard.org – we’ll be happy to discuss these classes with you. These sessions will be put into the Train Hard Session Calendar very shortly.

We really do feel strongly that people should be appropriately introduced to training outdoors and we strongly recommend that you think about coming to an outdoor class, soon. If you’d like to read the Information, Advice, and Guidance on Training Outdoors, written by the National Governing Body, Parkour UK, please follow this link: http://www.train-hard.org/training-outdoors/

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