Parkour is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to quickly and efficiently overcome obstacles in their environment, using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves; furthermore, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner.
Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. Parkour is non-competitive. It may be performed on an obstacle course, but is usually practiced in a creative, and sometimes playful, reinterpretation of urban spaces.
Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.
Facilitator: Travis Ranson
The 6-week Course in Movement in Parkour is run by Travis Ranson, President of the South Australian Parkour Association. Tj is an advocate for movement cultures that aren’t centred on competitive sport, and he often volunteers his time and energy to encourage young people to embrace constructive, healthy choices.
His help is sought by governments and schools, most notably at Adelaide’s Bowden Brompton Community School for disengaged youth. Travis openly shares his philosophy of empowerment, discipline, nutrition, creativity and inclusiveness, and is a positive example of healthy, active living.
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