As the weather is getting warmer, we've been working on new projects at Parkour Visions Gym. Our new “P.O. Box” is a very versatile size and works well by itself or as part of larger setups. With hardwood ply straps, we can quickly build and modify interesting, multi-level setups. Check out these photos of a particularly fun setup for this week.
In March, the Overlake school did their Project Week at PKV. The students learned about film form through the context of parkour videos and ended the week by filming and editing their own short films in the gym. This is new special workshop for us and it was really fun to help the kids craft their own epic videos.
We are looking forward to a summer filled with camps, outdoor classes, and our yearly Parkour Visions Classic event in July!
This past Fall, fun has gotten serious at PKV as our students have been getting back to school (and back to work) after the long Seattle Summer. Happily, it means that we've got tons of students attending our classes as part of their weekly routines. We've taken the opportunity to expand our program, adding more classes and extending our freerunning curriculum. The dismal snow season in WA has meant that lots of students have gotten to train with us more often than they would have, otherwise... there is a silver lining after all :)
In October, we ran an Obstacle Challenge Night event at our Seattle location. We built and arranged a group of leveled challenges for participants of all ages (we ran a challenge night for adults and one for kids) to test their skill, strength, speed, and focus, and we saw participants meeting and exceeding the challenges we set. The images in this update are all from the kids challenge night, but you're only seeing a tiny slice of the obstacles, fun, and accomplishment. You'll have to show up at the gym next time we run and check it out.
This season, we've been working with a number of schools to introduce their students to parkour. We've done intro clinics and series at our Seatte facility, and we've visited a few schools and taught kids how they can train in the environment they're in all day. We've got a bunch more exciting school programs coming up in the Spring, are actively pursuing a few parkour park possibilities in and around Seattle, and are already looking forward to parkour camp season!
Thank you, as always, for your support and help growing our community.
Stop by the gym next time you're in Seattle, and keep training!
It’s been an amazing Summer at PKV, and we’re going strong into the Fall with a ton of cool projects as we expand access and reach beyond the gym.
We’re running after-school programs at two middle schools in partnership with the YMCA to help bring parkour to kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford instruction. Our coaches are showing kids new ways to play in the environments around their schools.
Speaking of environments, in September we partnered local builders and designers to build and install a parkour play environment at the Seattle Design Festival downtown. We built a structure that would be fun and challenging for all participants, then spent two days playing on it with kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds. Right now, we’re in talks with the City of Seattle to see about installing the structure permanently in a public place so that more people can play!
Meanwhile, back at the gym, we came up with a new obstacle event format based on challenge and progression and tested it out at the 2014 Parkour Visions Classic. Check out the video online here, and see first-hand the stuff you’ve helped us build.
We’re also expanding our reach to “non-typical” populations with parkour by expanding our Women’s class schedule and our Low Impact Parkour class schedule.
As always, we’re grateful for your current and continued generosity -- we remember it every time we walk through the gym and see what you’ve helped build. If you haven’t stopped by to visit, do it soon!
Thanks again, and keep training,