This Fall, we've really ramped up the Share part of our mission. First, we're in the middle of running a new, 13-week coaching certification program with a cohort of 8 apprentice instructors. The apprenticeship is pretty intensive, and the cohort has been attending special "how to teach parkour" classes, assisting regular academy classes, teaching 1-on-1 lessons to PKV students, helping clean up around the gym, and doing lots of homework :) This new program is a big improvement over our previous, less structured coaching certification program. The best part is that all of the participants are attending under 100% scholarship coverage! You can read more about it on PKVpedia.
Speaking of PKVpedia, we've been working hard to fill it with content, and it's ready for people to see! If you're interested in teaching parkour, building parkour equipment, or are wondering about the nitty gritty of starting some sort of parkour teaching business, check it out. We're adding content every week.
This past week, we posted detailed plans and a Sketchup file for the 36" vault boxes we build at PKV. With these plans, you should be able to build (or have a carpenter/contractor build) a solid, stable vault box. The plans are free to use on the PKVpedia Vault Box page.
But it's not all typing and making plans... we've been taking time to play, too! Just this past weekend, we ran a pair of Challenge Night obstacle events, one for adults, one for kids. We set up 8 challenges in the gym designed to test participants' ability in various parkour skills and speed courses. More than 60 adults and kids jumped and climbed with us!
We're grateful that your help has enabled us to do so many cool things, and we're extremely happy to be able to give back to the community by helping train people to teach parkour, sharing parkour construction knowledge, and running events for the local parkour community!
Thanks as always!
The past few months have been packed with parkour-centric, community fun! Starting in June, we opened up several new outdoor classes for summer members, and introduced lots of people to outdoor training at Gasworks Park! We also shifted our Saturday outdoor basics parkour class (led by Coach Ox and held in parks all around Seattle) to being entirely free for participants. The Saturday program will run all year ‘round, and we’re considering opening another outdoor class on a weekday evening for the intrepid students who will continue training outside during Seattle’s rainy season.
In late July, PKV ran the 2015 PKV Classic and hosted the 2015 North American Women’s Parkour Jam on two consecutive weekends. Both events brought participants from all over North America and beyond for a great time exploring Seattle’s best parkour training spots, training together, and building new friendships. PKV was able to run the PKV Hostel, and provided a place for our visitors to sleep free of charge :)
PKV also did lots of outreach projects this summer, including six sessions for Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Kids at Aspiring Youth, which we held outdoors at Ravenna Park, seven sessions at PKV for kids whose parents are in cancer treatment at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, and one outdoor workshop at Jefferson Park for at-risk youth in the SOS Outreach program.
We’re mapping out our Fall schedule, which already includes some after-school outreach at BF Day School in Fremont, plus our regular compliment of classes at the gym. Stay tuned for new obstacles, a new apprentice coach program, and more this Fall!
As always, we have to let you know that we couldn’t do all that we do without the support of our community. Thank you so much for your continued support, whether it’s via donations, your time, or your stuff (we’ve had a couple of new mats donated recently!).
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!