Classes and training are currently available in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane. However, Instructors are capable of travel and you can organise to have them come to you. Instructors can be contacted through state representatives or Administration on the Contact us page.
The classes and training are for traceur's of any skill level, from absolute beginner to the more advanced. For more details on what specific state's offer visit their respective pages through the navigation bar above.
Organisations wishing to enquire about training opportunities should contact their respective state contact or administration to discuss your goals and the most suitable course of action to achieve them.
Australian Parkour Association Instructors are required to meet strict criteria before they are considered competent to represent the Australian Parkour Association as an Instructor. To learn more about our Instructors click here.
Parkour is a non-competitive discipline originating in France, encompassing a set of principles combined with a way of moving within your environment and overcoming obstacles of any kind, be they physical or mental.
The physical aspect of Parkour involves practical movement techniques guided by the notions of escape and reach. For example, Parkour teaches you ways to move that can be used to gain ground on a pursuer during an escape.
Parkour methods involve running, crawling, jumping, climbing, and other methods of catching yourself, grabbing and hanging, rolling and balancing, applied to all environments both urban and natural. The Parkour practitioner aims to become highly proficient in all the above methods so they can be used in an emergency situation.
A Parkour practitioner is defined not by the way they move, but rather the application of movement with regards to the philosophy and purpose of parkour.
More detailed information can be obtained from the Parkourpedia.
The basics classes run in Sydney and Canberra are an introduction to Parkour; its principles, fundamental movements and training techniques, as well as strength, conditioning and fitness basics. For more specific details about what will be taught at the various Melbourne classes click here.
Classes have a strong emphasis on safety Ė everything is taught at ground level and students are never taken to dangerous heights or locations. The ultimate goal of classes being that you are eventually taught how to train without the need of a class.
The basics classes are especially suited for absolute beginners. There are no fitness or experience prerequisites, and the class is open to males and females of all ages. The class also caters for the more experienced, who will focus on improving and refining techniques as well as strength and conditioning and the mental aspects of Parkour.
Classes in Melbourne are tailored more specifically towards various groups a skill levels. For detailed information about who can attend Melbourne classes click here.
Depending on which city you attend classes in you may need to book. Check the details page for your relevant location to find out if you need to register or not.
Australian Parkour Association instructors are amongst the most talented and experienced practitioners in Australia. Instructors use methods shared throughout the Parkour community in Australia as well as knowledge and techniques sourced from around the globe.
You will need to wear comfortable clothes and suitable shoes (closed shoes e.g. running shoes).
Bring a bottle of water or two Ė more if the weather is hot. Classes are held outdoors (except for some classes in Melbourne) so bring sunscreen if you need it.
Arrive ON TIME. If you cannot arrive on time, notify an instructor. If you do not notify the instructors of your late arrival, the class may move from the meeting place without you.
Classes price vary depending on which city and location you attend.
Check the home page for specific up-to-date details on the classes in your state.
Flips and tricks are not part of Parkour. For this reason, they are not covered under our insurance policy and they will not be taught in classes. Secondly, while many instructors are capable of acrobatics, few are qualified to teach them. If you wish to learn about L'art du Deplacement or Freerunning read this in the Parkourpedia.
Should you wish to learn these other arts your most effective way to achieve this goal is to learn Parkour initially, your grounding in Parkour will give you the right spirit and training techniques for your further training. From there you can go to a gym and learn flips in a safe environment from people who best know how to teach them. You can then combine the two out on the street.
Details of Gyms in your area can be found here.
It is perfectly normal to be experience muscular pain after classes. The pain is caused by sudden changes in physical activity and muscular loading and usually lasts for 3-7 days. As your body adapts to the training and becomes stronger and your conditioning increases, you will feel less and less discomfort after classes. This muscle soreness can be reduced with a thorough warm up and warm down before and after activity.
Remember, this pain signals that your body is adapting and getting stronger.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness generally subsides in less than a week (and up to two weeks), but there are several ways to reduce the discomfort:
If pain does not show signs of improvement in 7 days, consult a physician.
The Australian Parkour Association discourages dangerous drops. The classes will not take students to do big rooftop jumps, or other dangerous activities. The classes are about teaching you the basics, not putting lives at risk. The APA does not endorse dangerous behaviour and will not tolerate it during classes. If you insist on performing dangerous stunts, you will be asked to leave the class..
This is strongly encouraged. If you only isolate your training to classes you will take a long time to learn and improve. Classes are here to guide you and give you a base to start from. Ideally we want you to reach a point where you no longer need classes and have learnt to teach and train yourself. The best way to do this is train as much as possible outside of classes.
Parkour can be done almost anywhere that you can find obstacles. It is a common misconception that Parkour is only practiced in the city, the first traceur's trained extensively in the forests of France as they developed Parkour. It can be done in all terrains and environments that you find objects that impeded your ability to move from one place to another. Australia has many excellent places to train in a natural environment.
Yes you should. We have had people in their fifties and older who attend classes and enjoy themselves, and excel in some areas. Also unfit people attend as well. Initially you may find some difficulty with being unfit but if you persist and take what you learn and train outside of classes you will become fitter and more confident. The best way to get fit for Parkour is to do it!