Build a parkour gym - teach to overcome obstacles

by Parkour Visions
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PKVpedia front page
PKVpedia front page

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!

Vault box plans (so blueprinty!)
Vault box plans (so blueprinty!)
Oliver kong to precision on Challenge Night
Oliver kong to precision on Challenge Night

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PKV Classic attendees at Freeway Park
PKV Classic attendees at Freeway Park

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!).

North American Women
North American Women's Parkour Jam at Freeway Park
PKV Head Coach Brandee leads a run at NAWPJ
PKV Head Coach Brandee leads a run at NAWPJ

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PO box and straps in a new setup
PO box and straps in a new setup

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!

Fun new open setup
Fun new open setup
Overlake school camp
Overlake school camp
Challenge night vault
Challenge night vault

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!

Challenge night wall pass
Challenge night wall pass
Challenge night briefing
Challenge night briefing

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Kids at SDF
Kids at SDF

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,

Making friends at SDF
Making friends at SDF
Junior instructor at SDF
Junior instructor at SDF
Coach Ox making friends at SDF
Coach Ox making friends at SDF
Atop the SDF play structure
Atop the SDF play structure

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Parkour Visions

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​parkourvisions.org
Project Leader:
Tyson Cecka
Executive Director
Seattle, WA United States

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