335 NinjaZone locations around the world

Casey Wright wanted to boost the number of boys in her gymnastics program.

“We then had three gyms with three classes (total) with only 10 boys,” she said. … Originally, it was a way to re-brand and re-market a gymnastics-like program for boys.

So she developed NinjaZone.

“It took off with the popularity of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ and emergence of parkour … Ten boys (in the program) went to 365 kids in six months

NinjaZone helps spur growth of gymnastics among boys

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(via RecGymnastics.com)

Air Floors for obstacle courses

I was recently using an Air Floor Pro in Bermuda for Parkour.

Then Tumbl Trak posted this training tip. 😊

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Hallie Mossett’s 1st TV commercial

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1st FIG Parkour Worlds in Japan

Hiroshima, Japan, 3-5 April 2020

“It’s a great honour for us to be able to welcome the first Parkour World Championships to Hiroshima,” said Norifumi Yamamoto, general secretary of the Japan Gymnastics Association.

“Around 100 days before the Olympic Games in Tokyo, this will be an additional opportunity for the promotion of peace through sport – and in a city which is the symbol of it. …”

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FIG’s 1st Parkour coach education course

With the adoption of the new discipline of Parkour by the FIG Congress in December 2018, it became necessary to develop coach education programmes also for this discipline. …

Starting from zero, the group was able to develop the programme and the manual – in three languages – for the Parkour Age Group Development and Competition Programme before the end of May and lead the first introduction camp/seminar for this programme in mid-June in Mexico. …

A first event for Parkour among June FIG coach education activities

FIG Parkour Age Group Programme under development

FIG:

With the adoption of the new discipline of Parkour by the FIG Congress in December 2018, it became necessary to develop coach education programmes also for this discipline. …

The Parkour specialists that were invited to be members of the working group were Charles Perrière of France, the President of the FIG Parkour Commission, FIG Athletes’ Representative Micaela Buono Pugh of Argentina and Francisco de la Riva Vasquez of Belgium. …

It was an extraordinarily interesting meeting about a sport, many of whose participants believe in the values that Parkour should be discovered and cannot be taught and that the activity should not be competition oriented. But with the expectation that this will be an Olympic sport in 2024, things will change dramatically as athletes will most certainly be specifically trained from a young age.

The challenge was to find a solution that provides structure yet has ample room for freedom, innovation, discovery and creativity. The structure is necessary to assure the safe, healthy, gradual and systematic development of athletes towards future high-performance excellence. …

Firsts for FIG coach education activities in February 2019

If FIG is going to run obstacle course competitions, obviously they need offer coach education.