Parkour is the ability to move efficiently through an environment. This incorporates all kinds of movement: quick bursts of sprinting across a busy plaza; slow, steady climbing across a building face; careful balancing on an unsteady tree crossing a river; one big leap across a gap. We train to adapt on-the-fly to any situation. Our training prepares us for passing through as many environments in many cases as possible, quickly if necessary. It's also a lot of fun and freeing.
We meet 5-6PM T/Th at various places on the UGA campus, and sometimes on weekends. Our Facebook page has our training schedule and locations. Because of the exploratory nature of this group, places and times aren't fixed. Instead, somebody will post on the Facebook page that they're training at a time and place, so keep an eye on the group or post there yourself if you will be training.
If you'd like to try, come on out. Student or non-student, young or old, male or female, if you enjoy moving with your own body a lot more than with motors, if you're curious about what's off the beaten paths and enjoy the adventure of discovering new places, if you enjoy challenging your mind and body for new feats, if you have the self-discipline to build yourself a strong body, and especially if all your life you've simply enjoyed being outside and moving in some way that's fun, this may be a good group for you.
For < 18 trainings, contact Julian Hames.
In our method of learning, things start as safely as walking. You're encouraged and taught only to do the things you're capable of doing safely. This isn't a badass contest. We start at ground-level with riskless movement like jumping from one line to another. Once you're stable with that, we'll help you progress. All progress is incremental, with a strong focus on foundational movements before moving on to more complex things.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring energy, and you'll do fine. Anybody of any skill is welcome, as long as you're giving a good effort. We're out to MOVE, having fun using the campus as our playground and gym, and to help ourselves and each other improve.
Training in public requires maturity and responsibility, because it attracts attention, comments, heckling, getting kicked out, among other things. We respect our environments and do not damage things. If somebody asks you to leave, especially rudely or unfairly, leave. We're lucky to have Athens to train in with the level of liberty given to us by the police, so express respect toward them, don't damage things, don't tresspass, leave if asked, stay off of roofs (this tends to upset people), and overall be respectful of others around you as you train.
To join a training or for more information, check out our Facebook page or contact Jimmy Hansen.