Traditional athletic coaching has long been considered an art and vocation requiring many hours of education, observation, and experience. This is no less true for coaching in parkour, but our industry is still young, and deliberate attention to building exceptional coaching skills is often forgotten in the struggle to keep programs running, or may not be so closely considered in the first place.
In this session we will delve into how to balance parkour coach education between the hard and soft skills of coaching, address integrating leadership skills into apprenticeships, and look at how to facilitate continued development of coaches.
Additionally, we will discuss:
- Values as a foundation for coach education - Struggles with training and maintaining effective coaches - Observing and analyzing instruction through coach evaluation systems - Parkour Visions 12-week apprenticeship program and implementation via Google Classroom
How to Create a Parkour Talent Hotbed w/ Amos Rendao & Brandon Douglass
When I started parkour in 2004, I couldn’t find any other practitioners in Colorado. Thus, my early training days were fueled by OG parkour videos from Europe and bumbling, slow trial and error. Since then, I’ve seen parkour in Colorado bloom into a thriving community; partly thanks to APEX School of Movement, but also thanks to many other local organizations and individuals. Now, Colorado is internationally known as a parkour talent hotbed.
But what IS a talent hotbed? Bestselling author Daniel Coyle defines talent hotbeds as, “places that produce statistically impossible numbers of talented performers in sports, art, music, math, and business.” For the past few years, I’ve obsessively researched talent hotbeds in order to apply new ideas to parkour. In this teach & talk, we will discuss how to create a parkour talent hotbed through key factors like ignition & inspiration, deep training, and quality coaching.
Exploring Parkour's Cultural History via Video
From the beginning, video has been a common tongue for the parkour community. User-generated videos have helped practitioners share their discipline with the world, archive accomplishments, and compare techniques and training methodologies. By tracing the most influential parkour videos from the past 15 years, we can see how global training patterns and philosophies have emerged. So what can the videos of today tell us about the future of parkour? And how can understanding where today's influences have come from help us approach problems in the parkour community now? Join parkour nerd Max Henry on an insightful exploration of parkour culture and history via video.
Branding in Parkour and How to Compete With Yourself
HUB PTC successfully navigates a wide variety of different markets, from a parkour facility to trainings for fire departments to performance. What makes us successful is our versaility and adaptability to a diverse set of clients and interests. In this talk, we will go over the value of developing multiple brands to target different customer bases, how to approach this process, and the subsequent necessary skills for creating a path to A-B test quoting and reachout.
Principles of Good Governance
ParkourUK is a nationally-recognized body providing governance and regulation of parkour throughout the United Kingdom. The organization has worked closely with practitioners, coaches, and other professional businesses to encourage the safe practices and regulation of parkour. Join Eugene Minogue as we discuss experiences from organizing at the grassroots level up through the elite ranks of public authority. We'll explore good management practices with aims of overseeing the development of the sport.
PK SILVER With Sean Hannah
Parkour was generally viewed as a daredevil sport for extraordinarily fit young men, but that demographic is evolving to include more women, children, and older people. PK Move is a non-profit which shares the transformative power of parkour. Our vision is to expand parkour training demographics to include special needs groups who benefit from on-site, adapted training. Our traceurs include senior citizens, cancer survivors, Title I schools, children with learning differences, etc.
This discussion is to introduce PK Silver, our parkour program for older, unconditioned athletes. A fit 50+ year old who has been lucky enough to avoid serious injury or disease would be perfectly capable of training parkour, possibly without many adaptations. However, when an older, unconditioned athlete joins a “regular” parkour class, they require extra attention from a knowledgeable coach to avoid frustration and injury. The older and/or more unconditioned they are, the higher the risks of serious injury. They know it and that's why they're avoiding your class.
Parkour Performance: Design & Training
As more people want to do parkour as a career, performances are becoming a viable alternative for those who don’t want to open a gym. Having done over 70 live performances Dan will take you through how to train athletes, to dealing with companies, to designing to accommodate.
Part A: Theory What makes Parkour so enjoyable to watch? How come sometimes, not so much? Why is a crowd really there? Creating "moments" and what that means. Why do some athletes look so much better than others?
Part B: Athletes Defining a "Performance Athlete" Training for Performances overview Quick Q/A
Part C: Stage Design Setting up your athletes so they can achieve All things safety Less is more. Really. Dealing with budgets and constraints. Design Q/A
Creative Coaching: Using Improv & Inquiry To Serve At Your Highest Level
In this session we'll be looking at how we as coaches can improve our communication and relational skills to create more effective, more fulfilling coach-client relationships. We'll be using the principles of improv and self-inquiry to learn how to connect with the right people, give them a life-changing experience, and serve at our highest level.
Coaches will leave with a better understanding of how to deeply connect with current and potential clients to create a win-win for all involved.
A Faster Horse... : Lessons Learned From Parkour Event Organizing
In this session we will be discussing how becoming a leader fueled by conviction plus persistent entrepreneurial grit equates to a stronger community. Learn to grant yourself permission to build the world you want to live in! More importantly, empower and foster others to do the same.
Mission Possible: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Parkour
In the last Art of Retreat session on women in parkour, we answered the fundamental question: How many women are in parkour? This was the most basic starting point for a discussion on the topic, and even the simple statistic of 13.8% female based on an image analysis from national parkour jams was controversial. In this session, we will revisit the basic concepts surrounding under-representation (can we even agree on that?) and gender in the discipline, while pushing further to come up with some best practices for recruiting and retaining women in parkour. This is not a session designed for women to discuss their experiences in parkour, although there will be space for that; this is a session designed for everyone, from those who have not thought much about this topic to those who think deeply about it and have ideas to share with others.
Biases in Proprioception: How Spatial Awareness Connects and Divides Us
In learning how other artists/performers/athletes orient and perceive themselves in space we can begin to better define our own movements and learn how we fit into the larger spectrum of human movement and performance. As performers, athletes and artists, we can push and train ourselves but perhaps gaps in cross-disciplinary training can be filled by understanding the psychology and thought process different types of "movers" go through as they are training.
The presentation will be based on my observations, personal cross-disciplinary studies, sports science research and interviews with professional dancers, athletes and various movement artists and performers. The primary example the lecture is based on, is that a parkour artist uses physical obstacles in space to inform and inspire his/her movement, while a dancer typically creates obstacles in space that don't physically exist.
How can we begin to explore, define and connect the gap between using your environment to move, and creating an environment through your movement? We can start with this lecture!
Pain Science 101 : Pain Management For The Parkour Practitioner
Many parkour practitioners struggle with pain at some point, be it from a scrape of strained muscle, or a nagging pain that lasts for months and inhibits one's training. The fast emerging field of pain science has made many discoveries, many of which may surprise you, but also help you! We are now beginning to understand the complex relationship between the body tissues, the brain, and the nervous system as well as psychological and social factors in regards to pain. Pain is complex and there is much more to it than just tissue damage!
This session will be a 101 on the science of pain and how play can be used as a strategy for chronic pain management. This will be geared specifically toward parkour practitioners.
How Parkour Coaches Learn to Coach: A Presentation of Master's Research of Parkour Coach Development
This session will focus on presenting and discussing the findings from my master's research on parkour coach development. The research study focused on two main topics: how parkour coaches learn to coach, and parkour coaches' perceptions of parkour-specific coach training programs. Other topics that may be discussed include: innovation in the field of parkour coaching, landscapes of practice, adventure sport coaching, lifestyle sport coaching.
Parkour and Inclusive Practice: A Road Map for Making Parkour More Accessible
Inclusive teaching and learning is the process of making sure your teaching equally addresses all of your students. Paying particular attention to making sure the individual needs of each learner has been met. It is a fundamental tenant of education theory. Inclusive practice is all about equality. Which is not the same as treating everyone the same. Parkour is often described as an inclusive practice. But with the majority of participants being young, strong and male, there's clearly some aspects of the practice that limit participation.
This talk will look at lessons from common education practice, exploring why parkour is not inclusive and examine techniques to bring parkour to a wider audience - mostly through parkour coaching. We will talk about the various different groups we may encounter and discuss specific strategies for bringing Parkour to different groups. The talk will also include the presentation of an inclusive physical education curriculum for 5-12 year olds based on parkour coaching.
Gym Building Design and Philosophy
Using Google Sketchup, we will start with the empty shell of the warehouse you just bought, and we'll flesh out your gym piece by piece. We'll discuss what should go where and why, along with the basic requirements for creating a cohesive space for employees, clients, and athletes alike. By the end of the block, we'll have created an entire gym that's ready to open its doors for classes and play, followed by a short discussion for the last portion of the block.
Participants will explore 6 simple words that layer giving a framework for understanding Parcon and roadmap for how it might inform other practices. For Parkour enthusiast Parcon offers a way to develop whole body awareness, coordination, relational awareness with another and a fresh sensibility of the environment. The end product is fluid and responsive movement through space while in contact with one another.
Join us as we demystify meditation through building mindful movement practices. We’ll explore the important points and how to’s of meditation, learn how to gradually and joyful fuse it with your movement, and find resources for motivation and growth. Eventually as we dissolve the ego, strip judgment, and build mindfulness we will come to a place in our movement practice where we know exactly what we are capable of and are able to suck the moment to moment joy out of every movement.
Repeatable patterns are movement drills with the intention of creating patterns that can be mirrored from one side to the other - similar to the taegeuk in taekwondo. All humans have a preferred-side and an off-side. These repeatable patterns are designed to help students focus on movement rhythm, transitions, and creating balance between the various uni- and contra-lateral vaults and techniques taught within parkour.
n- a vigorous struggle or scuffle, typically in order to obtain or achieve something.
A body to body movement practice that involves moving, manipulating and playing on the ground with a partner. It's more cooperative than wrestling and Jujitsu but requires the same level of awareness and attentiveness. We tussle as an awareness tool to develop presence, proprioception, patience and control (of self, not other). Tussling is not about overpowering, submitting or dominating your partner but in empowering them.
Developed from games and drills of the Fighting Monkey Practice.
Guides and Trails
An alternative, dance oriented look at how to approach flow or circuit training. In this seminar, we we look at the concept of “Guides & Trails” and how they help inform high quality movement. Movement segments can be defined by their guides, the leading limb or body part, and trails, the follow through limb or body part.
By refining our use of these guides and trails, we can develop higher quality movement training. By breaking down movements and assigning the components roles, we can better understand how to create better flow circuits, getting away from end goals or named technique movement applications. Participants will partake in a series of choreographed movement circuits in order to establish a baseline understanding of theory. Later, we will break off into groups to create an add-on circuit with movements that adhere to this concept.
This session will be focused on interactive games focused on targeting the Central Nervous System's response time for falling in non-predetermined ways through a breakdown of the body as a mechanical system. We’ll take away a more knowledgeable understanding of the 3 different planes of movement and how they interact with one another to perform everyday tasks. As well as how these mechanisms enable practitioners of multiple disciplines to fall and interact with their everyday environment. Be prepared to laugh and learn more about your body and how falling doesn't have to be worrisome.
Conventional training assumes certain principles are inviolable: strength always progresses with challenge, and that movements are replicable between individuals. In confronting the diversity of physical abilities, we must challenge these assumptions. A lost limb doesn't simply mean losing the use of the appendage - the person's center of gravity shifts. Physiological changes coupled with age or genetics can retard or delay strength progression, even with practice, and variations in sensory perception can radically alter how one learns and interacts with the environment. Most importantly, we see this diversity not as a barrier, but a laboratory of human movement, from which we both learn and serve the community.