Everyone has to start somewhere and here at SPF we are committed to giving all our students a strong movement foundation to build upon. Most parkour will consist of running, jumping, and climbing, with students doing so at their own level or ability. Below you can read about some of the various skills learned in a level 1 parkour class while also having some visual representation to help out your imagination.
One of the most prevalent skills used in parkour is the Precision Jump/Landing. With legs squeezed together for extra stability, a traceur will jump from one point to another landing softly and with full control of the body. Beginner level students will develop this technique on ground level objects before taking their skills to higher platforms and structures.
While many small objects can be jumped over or ran across, many will be too tall to safely clear with a vertical jump alone. Vaulting is a way to use various limbs to help a traceur move over an object quickly and safely.
A traceurs vertical jump can be extended using wall pops to not only jump off the ground, but give additional hight with a second jump on the wall. This is very helpful for getting to high places.
When jumping to the top of an object is not possible, due to hight or distance, it is sometimes possible to jump to the wall of said object while holding the top edge to secure the traceur to the surface.
Along with learning dynamic skills and movements it’s important for a traceur to be physically fit. To aid in this process students will work on body control along with strength development after the skills portion of each class.
One of the most effective ways to disperse impact from a drop or fall is the shoulder roll. Impact is a measure of the difference between starting momentum and annexing momentum over a given time. Rolling increases the time we take to go from moving very quickly to a stationary position and this gives us a lower impact on the body. The formula would look something like this Impact=(change in momentum) / time
It’s not everyday you find a perfect spot to pull off this move but when you do, the under bar makes short work of such an obstacle and can be used to traverse over small objects on the other side. Bar skills build upper body strength while also decompressing the joints in the back and hips.