Vancouver Outdoor School Weekend Parkour Club 2021

Parkour demonstrates the ability of individuals to manage risks and interact with their environment in a way that is both skillful and creative. – David Ball, Professor of Risk Management at Middlesex University

 

Overview:

Parkour is the art of moving one’s body from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. While experienced practitioners may perform impressive leaps and dives, parkour is built on a foundation of responsibility, risk management, and personal awareness. Practicing this discipline is an excellent way for young learners to gain balance, confidence and a practical approach to managing risk while having fun and getting great exercise.

This spring, Saturday Parkour club offers 2 levels: beginner and intermediate & advanced parkour. By offering two different levels, practitioners will have the opportunity to:

  • Master Risk Management (each obstacle is a new hands-on lesson)
  • Develop physical literacy as each new movement is broken down into fundamental steps to suit any skill level
  • Develop self confidence under the mentorship of supportive coaches who know when to push their learners, and when to step back
  • Hone social-emotional and leadership skills
  • Move, play, and grow in the fresh air

Join Olivier, an experienced parkour practitioner with years of experience safely guiding youth through the ins and outs of this incredible, popular discipline. 

BENEFITS OF PARKOUR

Improve Self-Confidence

Parkour is a creative form of self-expression, allowing practitioners to show their personalities and unique styles through movement. Their body awareness and self-expression will be amplified and it helps them to build the ability to control fears through a strong connection between mind and body. This practice of Parkour has a positive impact on their confidence, and in the long term, this will help practitioners to more willing to try new things and to have more freedom from social anxiety.

 

Critical Thinking and Safety Management

Parkour is a healthy exercise for both mind & body. With the concept of progression in mind when learning, practitioners will practice many techniques such as vaulting, jumping, climbing, aerial and landing that require critical judgement. “Is it safe to proceed?” and “How can I practice this safely?” are the questions that practitioners will be urged to ask themselves. These benefits of Parkour will tremendously help them in decision-making to achieve goals in life.

Details

Includes: VOS instructor, liability insurance, prep, props and follow up debrief notes 

Dates:  (Spring semester)

March 6, 13, 20 (SOLD OUT)

March 27

April 3, 10, 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Days and Time: Saturdays 

Beginner: 10am – 11:15am

Intermediate & Advanced: 11:30am – 12:45pm

Fees: $25.00 + GST per session or $270.00 + GST for Spring semester (13 Saturdays)

(We highly encourage to register your learners for all 13 sessions – spring semester, as our lesson plan is progressive and to keep learners in the same cohort.)

Location: University of British Columbia

Instructor: Olivier Leclerc

Practicing Parkour Safely

Parkour is built on a foundation of responsibility, with the goal of longevity and injury prevention. Before running free, it is important that each practitioner has a grasp of safe movement at its most basic level.

  • Warm-up techniques to prepare the body for explosive movements
  • Jumping, landing, and falling safely to protect joints and sensitive areas
  • Basic parkour movements, including two-footed (plyometric) jumps, rolls, and vaults

 

Other resources:

1. For more information about our COVID-19 Guidelines, please click here: VOS Covid-19 Guidelines

2. Day Camp Guidelines:

We will be following the “COVID-19 PRINCIPLES AND EMERGING PRACTICES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL AGE LED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES”  guidelines established by the Outdoor Council of Canada. To read these guidelines, please click here.

In addition, we will also be following the BC Centre for Disease Control’s “COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings”. These guidelines can be found here.