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!
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,
Summer's been full of action at Parkour Visions! Nearly every week since late June, we've been running parkour summer camps from 8am-3pm, reaching new groups of kids and reconnecting with kids we only see during the summer. Kids come in sore and happy on day two, and by day five, they've got a great grounding in parkour fundamentals. I've even heard reports that kids have been known to have ridiculous amounts of fun, too.
In order to get more of our adult students training outside, we launched a unique summer-long outdoor class membership and are running 3 classes per week at various parks throughout Seattle. The classes have helped people learn how to find challenges appropriate for their level, how to see their environment in a new way, and how to challenge themselves mentally and physically as they overcome obstacles out in the real world.
Speaking of the real world, we're working on some secret and not-so-secret parks projects. The one we can talk about will be an installation at the Seattle Design Festival running in early September. If you're in Seattle, come by and play with us! The ones we can't talk about now, we'll talk about later :)
Our big summer event, the Parkour Visions Classic, brought parkour practitioners from all over the US and Canada to Seattle for 3 days of parkour training. This year, instead of focusing the event on a big speed competition, we opted for a more community and games flavor. On the first night of the Classic, we ran a parkour challenge event (check out the video!) that got people testing their skills against some creative obstacles in the gym. The second day found over 100 people playing an epic game of Assault at Freeway Park, then going to Volunteer Park to train and chill and learn capoeira in the trees. We took it easy on day 3, with training and a barbecue at Gasworks Park. It was a great time!
We've got a month of summer left, and as we wrap up our parkour camps and outdoor classes, we're looking forward to the school year, when we'll relaunch our parkour after-school programs to reach a whole new set of kids with parkour, as well as a whole new set of projects.
As always, we thank all of our donors and supporters for helping us advance our world-class parkour teaching program, build equipment to help our students advance, and share good information with the public and with the parkour community. We couldn't do it without you.
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